Jonathan E. Perlman is an equity partner whose practice includes franchise, securities and employment litigation as well as healthcare matters. He also serves as a court-appointed receiver over numerous companies in actions brought by federal agencies, including entities involved in a multi-million dollar Ponzi scheme (SEC), entities engaged in fraudulent vacation sales (FTC), and companies engaged in deceptive advertising and sales of weight loss and health products (FTC).
Perlman leads the firm's class action and securities practice groups, where his emphasis is on franchising, securities and accessibility issues. He counsels franchisors and other businesses in a variety of franchise and securities litigation matters, including for brands such as Burger King®, Tony Roma's®, Pollo Campero®, Nestle®, T.G.I. Friday's®. He is a member of the American Bar Association Forum on Franchising and the International Franchise Association.
Perlman is "AV" rated by Martindale-Hubbell. He was selected by Franchise Times as a "Legal Eagle," recognizing the top 100 U.S. franchising attorneys. He was also recognized in Who's Who Among U.S. Attorneys, as well as a "Super Lawyer" in Super Lawyer and a "Top Lawyer," in South Florida Legal Guide.
Perlman has lectured and written articles on numerous franchise, securities and employment topics including, "Are My Franchisees or Their Employees Actually My Employees?!?" (ABA Forum on Franchising 2014); "This is Going to Cost Me What? Lessons Learned from Recent Accessibility Class Actions brought under the Americans with Disabilities Act Against Burger King, Taco Bell and Other franchisors" (IFA Legal Symposium 2014); "The Legal Landscape of Disabilities Regulations in the U.S. and Canada and Its Effect on Franchising" (ABA Webinar 2014); "Alternatives to Default: Managing Underperforming Franchises" (IFA Roundtable 2013); "Availability and Provability of Damages in Franchise Litigation" (IFA Legal Symposium 2010); "Layoffs in Today's Economy: Avoiding Legal Pitfalls and Providing Your Employees with Outplacement Opportunities" (IFA Webinar 2009); "Issues Upon Renewal of the Franchise Agreement" (IFA Roundtable 2009); "Advanced Issues in Arbitration" (IFA Legal Symposium 2008); "Negotiating Franchise Agreements: Common Pitfalls and Winning Strategies from both the Franchisor's and Franchisee's Perspective" (IFA Roundtable 2008); "Just When You Thought It Was Safe to Go in the Water -- The Return of Tortious Interference as a Significant Litigation Claim Against Franchisors" (IFA Legal Symposium 2005).
Perlman serves on the Florida International University Foundation Board of Directors. He also is a director of Biscayne Bank and its holding company. He is past president of the South Florida Duke University Club and serves on Duke University's Admissions Advisory Committee.
Perlman graduated from the University of Florida College of Law in 1988, and received his bachelor's degree, cum laude, with special distinction honors from Duke University in 1985.