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Mark D. Shapiro

Mark D. Shapiro, a partner, concentrates his practice in the areas of real estate and franchise law. His real estate practice focuses on development, leasing and loan transactions. He spends a considerable amount of his time representing multi-family apartment building owners in acquisitions and financings, and retail and office landlords in leasing matters. He also represents property owners in tax appeal matters.

Mark's franchise practice includes counseling regional and national franchisors on franchise structuring, operational, relationship and regulatory issues. He regularly represents buyers and sellers of business assets in a variety of distribution-related industries.

Mark has participated as a program presenter on franchise law for the American Bar Association's Forum on Franchising, the New Jersey Institute of Continuing Legal Education, the International Franchise Association and the Pennsylvania Bar Institute. He has also presented on real estate law for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute and Lorman Education Services. Mark is licensed by the New Jersey Department of Banking and Insurance, Real Estate Commission as a continuing education instructor for the New Jersey licensed real estate salespersons and brokers.  He moderates and teaches continuing education credit programs at Hyland Levin to commercial real estate brokers. He served as Chair (2009-2011) and Secretary (1997-1999) of the New Jersey State Bar Association's Franchise Law Committee and has been a member of the American Bar Association's Forum Committee on Franchise Law since 1996. From January 1997 through December 2000, he served as special tax counsel to Voorhees Township, New Jersey.

Mark has been recognized by Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business as "Leaders in Their Field" in the area of real estate every year since 2008, and has received an “AV®” peer review rating from Martindale-Hubbell. In addition, he was twice selected as a “40 under 40” New Jersey lawyer by the New Jersey Law Journal.

Active in the community, Mark has been a board member since 2003 and on the Executive Committee since 2005 of the Samost Jewish Family & Children’s Service, serving as President from 2012-2014. Mark also sits on the Board of Jewish Federation of Southern New Jersey and the Board of the Jewish Community Foundation, Inc.

Mark is a graduate of Emory University (B.A. 1990) and the George Washington University Law School (J.D. 1993).

Despite considerable effort, Mark remains a mediocre triathlete.

Representative Matters

A joint venture of two private real estate funds in the refinancing of six Washington-area apartment buildings with Freddie Mac in a $245 million transaction

A private real estate fund in the acquisitions of three apartment complexes in Philadelphia

A multi-brand, multi-unit public company franchisee in quick service restaurant franchise matters

A New York-based investor in connection with the purchase of $20 million of distressed debt on a Florida shopping center

A private real estate fund in the recapitalization of a Pennsylvania office property through fresh investment dollars

A multi-family investor in the acquisition of a $120 million apartment complex in New Jersey

Reported Cases

Speaking Engagements

“New Jersey Broker Commission Disputes,” Hyland Levin seminar for commercial brokers, April 2013

“Environmental Issues for Brokers,” Hyland Levin seminar for commercial brokers, December 2012

“Managing Financially Distressed Franchisees” International Franchise Association, webinar, May 2010

“Purchase, Organization and Sale of Businesses in New Jersey,” December 2008

Facilitator, “When Your Tenant is a Franchisee,” ICSC 2008 U.S. Shopping Center Law Conference, October 2008

“Real Estate Issues in a Franchise Relationship,” International Franchise Association’s Business Solutions Roundtable, May 2008

“Real Estate Issues Peculiar to Franchise Systems,” 11th Annual Real Estate Institute, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, December 2007

“Lease Issues Peculiar to Franchise Systems,” 30th Annual Forum on Franchising, October 2007

Moderator and Speaker, “Protecting Real Estate Interests,” 37th Annual International Franchise Association’s Legal Symposium, May 2004

“Field of Dreams: Controlling the Real Estate,” 26th Annual Forum on Franchising, October 2003

“Real Estate Issues in Franchise Systems,” International Franchise Association’s Business Solutions Roundtable, February 2003

“Franchise Practice & Pitfalls,” Pennsylvania Bar Institute, October 2002

“Real Estate Contracts in Pennsylvania,” Lorman Education Services, December 2001

“Practical Solutions to Franchise Conflicts,” International Franchise Association’s Legal Roundtable Series, September 1999

“Hot Topics in Franchise and Distribution Law,” New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education, June 1999

Publications

"Franchise Lease Rider form," Blumberg/Excelsior, Inc., November, 2015

"The Lease Rider: An Essential Tool for Franchisors," New Jersey Law Journal, October 5, 2015

ABA Forum on Franchising Book “Collateral Issues in Franchising, Beyond Registration and Disclosure” Chapter on Real Estate Issues (2014)

“Lease Issues Peculiar to Franchise Systems,” New Jersey Law Journal, June 21, 2004

“So Your Client Wants to Buy a Franchise,” The Legal Intelligencer, May 22, 2002

“Leveling the Playing Field or Obstructing Franchising: A Look at the Proposed Small Business Franchise Act,” The Legal Intelligencer, March 28, 2001