ADR Chambers: Panel Members

Frank Zaid, B.A.Sc., LL.B. (Hons.)

Frank Zaid is a mediator and arbitrator with ADR Chambers, specializing in resolving domestic and international franchise disputes.

Frank has 40 years of experience in business law with an emphasis on franchising, licensing, intellectual property, marketing and distribution law. He has been involved with over 300 franchise systems. He has authored or co-authored many books and publications in Canada and internationally, including: Canadian Franchise Guide; Essentials of Canadian Law – Franchise Law; American Bar Association Forum on Franchising Fundamentals of Franchising – Canada; American Bar Association Forum on Franchising, International Franchise Sales Laws; ABA Franchise Law Journal, Ontario’s Franchise Legislation – What Have We Learned?; International Distribution Institute – Country Report on Canada; and International Franchising (Chapter on Hotels). He has written and spoken on franchise, competition and intellectual property matters at various conferences and seminars around the world, and has appeared on a number of television and radio programs.

After earning his B.A.Sc. (Chemical Engineering) at the University of Toronto, Frank earned his LL.B. (Honours) at Osgoode Hall Law School and was called to the Ontario Bar in 1973. He was an associate (1973-1977) and then a partner (1977-2011) at Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP.

Frank has been involved in the franchise community in many different capacities. The Canadian Franchise Association honoured Frank with its Lifetime Achievement Award. He served as Co-Chair of the Uniform Law Conference of Canada Commercial Law Strategy project on a uniform franchise law. Frank is a past Chair of the Ontario Bar Association Franchise Law Section and the International Franchise Association Supplier Forum. He served as General Counsel for the Canadian Franchise Association and has been on the Executive Committee and Board of Directors of both the International Franchise Association and the Canadian Franchise Association. He is a past member of the American Bar Association Forum on Franchising, Franchise Law Journal Editorial Board, and a member of and country contributor to the International Distribution Institute.

Frank has been recognized as a leading franchise lawyer in every edition of the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, the Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada, the International Who’s Who of Franchise Lawyers, Who’s Who: Canada, Best Lawyers in Canada, and the Franchise Times Legal Eagles. For several years he has been voted by his peers as the most frequently recommended franchise lawyer in Canada.

He has completed ADR and Advanced ADR training through the Stitt Feld Handy Group.


Availability Calendar

1. While every effort is being made to keep the calendar up to date, ADR Chambers cannot guarantee the accuracy of the information on the calendar. Please call (416) 362-8555 to confirm availability and book the panel member.

2. Please call (416) 362-8555 if the date you need is marked as unavailable to determine whether you can be accommodated by the panel member.

Booking Information

Home City:

Toronto, Ontario

Frank Zaid is willing to travel


Expedited Arbitration


   Franchise Disputes

   Intellectual Property

To book Frank Zaid
(416) 362-8555