Marisa Rauchway Sverdlov is Of Counsel at Paris Ackerman. She is a seasoned attorney with a wealth of experience in both Franchise Law and Business Litigation, having previously practiced at two of New Jersey’s largest law firms. In her franchise practice, Marisa acts as a strategic legal advisor and partner to franchisees throughout the purchase process, as well as to franchisors at each stage of the franchise development life cycle.
Marisa has achieved the designation of Certified Franchise Executive, a designation granted by the Institute of Certified Franchise Executives, an academic branch of the International Franchise Association’s Educational Foundation. Marisa is also a graduate of the Georgetown University Franchise Management Program and is the Co-Chair of the New Jersey Chapter of the Women’s Franchise Network sponsored by the International Franchise Association.
In her litigation practice, Marisa routinely represents a broad spectrum of clients in pre-litigation and litigation matters involving breach of contract claims, misappropriation of trade secrets, real estate disputes, construction disputes, as well as a variety of other commercial business matters. She also handles disputes among distributors, retailers, suppliers and manufacturers, often where a business’ very survival may be at stake, and advises businesses on the extent to which their business relationships may be a “hidden franchise” governed by the New Jersey Franchise Practices Act. Marisa has presented on the intricacies of the New Jersey Franchise Practices Act on several occasions.
Marisa has also been selected for inclusion in the 2017 and 2018 editions of New Jersey Super Lawyers – Rising Stars for Business Litigation and has written articles published in the New Jersey Law Journal on both franchise law and pre-trial procedure.
In addition to her Of Counsel position with Paris Ackerman LLP, Marisa is also the founder and owner of the Law Office of Marisa Rauchway Sverdlov LLC, which represents clients in both franchise and litigation matters.
Marisa graduated from Princeton University with honors and received a J.D. from Boston University Law School, where she competed on Boston University’s National Appellate Advocacy Moot Court team. Marisa also interned at Yale Law School’s Jerome N. Frank Legal Services Organization in its Community and Economic Development Clinic.
Marisa is admitted to practice in the state of New Jersey, state of New York, and before the United States District Court of New Jersey and the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.