Ari N. Stern is a founding member of O’Hagan Meyer’s Boston office. He is also a founding member of the firm’s Franchise Law Practice Group, a team of highly-skilled practitioners that has both the comprehensive experience and capability of representing franchise clients in transactions and disputes throughout the United States and internationally.
Ari specializes in representing franchisors of both two-tier and three-tier systems, master franchisees/regional franchisors, franchisees (multi-unit and single unit), and franchisee associations in a wide range of commercial and employment disputes. Acting as a trusted advisor, Ari, who is also a trained mediator, utilizes a pragmatic, interest-based approach to assisting clients identify opportunities and navigate obstacles in litigations, arbitrations, and mediations. Clients also retain Ari to negotiate and draft agreements, perform internal investigations, advise on risk management, and act as settlement counsel.
Earlier in his career, Ari was associated with Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, PC. He also previously litigated cases as a Special Assistant District Attorney in the Roxbury section of Boston. Additionally, he previously served as General Counsel to a start-up affiliated with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Ari is admitted to practice in Massachusetts and New York, as well as before the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts and the First Circuit Court of Appeals. Originally from Long Island, Ari resides in Greater Boston with his wife and two children.
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Education and Admissions
Ari earned his B.S., with honors, in Policy Analysis and Management from Cornell University. While at Cornell, he was a member of the Meinig Family Cornell National Scholars. Ari subsequently earned both his J.D. and M.A. in International Affairs from American University.
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Professional Organization Memberships
- Member, American Bar Association – Forum on Franchising – Young Lawyers Division
- Member, Boston Bar Association – International Law Steering Committee
- Former Co-Chair, Boston Bar Association – Criminal Law Steering Committee’s Public Policy Subcommittee
- Former Member, Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination Committee responsible for proposing regulations with regard to sexual harassment in the workplace.
News, Honors, Publications & Speeches
Recent Awards & Honors in Franchise Law
- Massachusetts Super Lawyers: Rising Star – Franchise & Dealership (2017-2018)
- American Bar Association – Forum on Franchising – Chair’s Award for Substantial Written Work or Presentation (2017)
Recent Publications & Presentations in Franchise Law
- Charles S. Marion, Daniel J. Oates, and Ari N. Stern, Stepping on Toes: Territorial Rights and Encroachment, American Bar Association – 42nd Annual Forum on Franchising (2019) (Paper and Presentation)
- Ari N. Stern, Matthew S. DeAntonio, and Jennawe M. Hughes, Feeling Exposed? How to Use Franchise Applications to Close Gaps in Arbitration Coverage for Section 1981 Cases, The Franchise Lawyer, Vol. 22, No. 4 (Fall 2019)
- Leslie Smith and Ari N. Stern, Litigating Franchise Cases Under Unfair Trade Practices Statutes, American Bar Association – 40th Annual Forum on Franchising (2017) (Paper and Presentation)
- Ari N. Stern, Conditions Precedent to Arbitration or Litigation: Barriers or Facilitators to Dispute Resolution?, The Franchise Lawyer, Vol. 20, No. 2 (Spring 2017)
- Eric H. Karp, Chuck Duran, and Ari N. Stern, Resolving Franchise Disputes Through Mediation: Factors for a Franchisor to Consider When Drafting a Mediation Clause, ComCom Quarterly – Mass Bar Association Complex Commercial Litigation Section Newsletter (April 2016)
- Eric H. Karp and Ari N. Stern, A Proposal for a Mandatory Summary Franchise Disclosure Document, 35 Franchise L.J. 541 (2016)
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