David Kornhauser





  • LL.B., 1985 (Dalhousie University)
  • M.B.A. 1982 (Schulich School of Business, York University)
  • B.A., 1980 (University of Toronto)
  • David was called to the Ontario Bar in 1987

  • Corporate/Commercial Law
  • Franchise Law
  • Financial services
  • Franchise Law Related Group/Class Actions
  • Intellectual Property
  • Executive Committee Member of the Franchise Law Section, Ontario Bar Association (OBA)
  • Member, Canadian Franchise Association
  • Member, OBA
  • Member, American Bar Association, Forum on Franchising
  • Chair, Bar Education Working Group, OBA.  Designed to teach Ontario lawyers about franchise law.
  • Trustee, Beth Torah Synagogue for 8 years  
  • Volunteer mentor for both the Law Society of Upper Canada and the Ontario Bar Association mentoring programs. 
  • Co-author of “FRANCHISEE ASSOCIATIONS IN CANADA”, Carswell, 2011 
  • Franchise Law Editor, Toronto Law Journal, Toronto Law Association
  • Co-editor of the “Franchising 101 Q & A”, a web-site developed by the members of the OBA Committee on Franchising to provide basic information on franchise law for members of the Ontario Bar
  • David served as Co-Chair for the 2007 Canadian Franchise Association Legal Symposium, and has co-chaired, presented and authored numerous other papers for other conferences, symposiums for both the OBA and CFA.



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David has a broad based business law practice involving two complementary areas. One being Corporate/Commercial law and the second being Franchise law.  He is recognized as a leading franchise lawyer by the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory.   For further information please visit his website www.franchisingforum.ca.   David is also the recipient of the 2015 Marcus Cohen Award for scholarly contributions to the area of Franchise law.

In respect of his Corporate/Commercial law practice, David provides legal advice and representation in connection with the structure and negotiation of, and draft agreements for: the purchase/sale of businesses; shareholder, partnership, joint venture and co-tenancy agreements; corporate amalgamations, restructuring and reorganizations; royalty based agreements, including the licensing and/or distribution of software, patents, products and franchises; information technology agreements, including licensing, outsourcing, support and service agreements; corporate financing, including, private placements of securities; the securitisation and realization of assets; commercial leasing; documentation for shareholder meetings; corporate governance.

In respect of his Franchise law practice, David represents franchisors, franchise associations and franchisees in the areas of franchising, licensing and distribution and provides legal advice with respect to the structure and preparation of franchise agreements and ancillary documentation; the preparation of disclosure documents; the determination of the obligations imposed on a franchisor by franchise legislation; terminations and transfers; addressing relationship problems and advising on ways to enhance franchise and distribution relationships; the sale or acquisition of franchise systems; the establishment of a new franchise system in Canada.  For smaller franchisors, David also provides all of the back-office administrative functions that would normally be performed by a franchisor or a franchisor’s in house counsel.   Additionally, David has considerable experience in the structure and organization of franchise associations, providing ongoing advice to franchisee associations and advocating the position of franchise associations and franchisees with franchisors.