Iris Figueroa Rosario

Principal
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Direct: 202.295.2204

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Kimberly Bradshaw
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Iris Rosario is a principal at Gray Plant Mooty and member of the Franchise & Distribution and Litigation practice groups.

Iris represents clients in federal and state court cases pertaining to franchise disputes, contract disputes, employment law violations, and other types of commercial civil litigation. She has also represented clients in criminal matters.

She counsels clients on transactional and regulatory matters, including contracts, drafting releases, and designing and negotiating franchise- and distribution-related agreements. Iris helps clients avoid contractual disputes and litigation when possible.

In the franchise context, she has handled matters involving underreporting of sales, unapproved products, tax fraud, immigration and employment violations, defamation, trademark violations, and covenants not to compete. In addition, she has drafted numerous settlement agreements on behalf of franchisors. Additionally, Iris has provided advice on franchise relationships and has counseled an association of marine manufacturers concerning manufacturer/distributor issues.

Iris devotes part of her practice to nonprofit work, providing legal consultation and representation to immigrants, as well as helping organizations with formation, governance, and general business matters.    

Iris is fluent in Spanish.

Experience

  • Involved in an ongoing matter since 2015 pertaining to allegations of fraudulent franchise disclosure documentations.
  • Represented national sports organization in a restructure as it became a branch of a global organization.
  • Represented international franchisor against claims of breach of contract, fraud, and other claims by a franchisee in South America.
  • Prevailed in an arbitration proceeding on behalf of a franchisor client against its franchisee on claims for breach of contract and negligence.The franchisee alleged that the franchisor had negligently approved the transfer of his franchise and breached the parties’ franchise agreement.The franchisor filed a motion to dismiss the claims during arbitration, and the arbitrator granted the motion in September 2015.
  • Won a defense verdict for a franchisor client in Pennsylvania after an eight-day jury trial in which the plaintiff sought $7.5 in lost profit damages alleging that the franchisor had delayed the construction of his shop. Selzer v. Dunkin’ Donuts Inc., et al., No. 2:09-cv-05484-GP (E.D. Pa. Apr. 2, 2015).
  • Prevailed on summary judgment on behalf of a franchisor client. Franchisor terminated the franchise agreement for nonpayment and other breaches of the parties’ agreements. The franchisee had asserted counterclaims against the franchisor for breach of contract, tortious interference, and defamation. H&R Block Tax Services, LLC v. Acevedo-Lopez, No. 12-CV1320-SOW (W.D. Mo. Mar. 5, 2014)
  • Prevailed in an arbitration proceeding on behalf of a franchisor client against its franchisee. Franchisor terminated the parties’ area representative agreement after the franchisee started operating a competing business. The franchisee filed counterclaims alleging, among other things, that the franchisor had violated California’s Franchise Investment Law and California’s Unfair Competition law. Convergence Investments LLC v. ABCSP Inc., Case No. BC473545 (Sup. Ct. Los Angeles 2013)
  • Won a defense verdict on behalf of a software company in a case brought by the client’s competitor. The competitor alleged false advertising concerning the client’s ties to the Democratic party and the sale of its software to political action committees. Aristotle Int’l v. NGP Software, Inc., No. 1:05-cv-01700-TFH (D.C.C. Sept. 2, 2011)
  • Awarded preliminary injunction on behalf of a franchisor client alleging breach of contract and trademark infringement based on franchisee’s violations of the franchisor’s health, safety, and sanitation standards. Dunkin’ Donuts Franchised Rest. LLC v. KEV Enterp., Inc., 634 F. Supp. 2d 1324 (M.D. Fla. 2009)
  • Prevailed on summary judgment on behalf of a franchisor client on franchisee’s claims that franchisor had, among other things, discriminated in violation of California’s Unruh Civil Rights Act and breached the franchise agreement in requiring an English language proficiency assessment as a condition for the transfer of a shop to two buyers. De Walsche v. Togo’s Eateries, Inc., 567 F. Supp. 2d 1198 (C.D. Cal. 2008)
  • Won a defense verdict for a franchisor client in Florida after a six-day jury trial in which the franchisee-plaintiff sought significant lost profit damages alleging that the franchisor had delayed the construction of his shop. 330545 Donuts, Inc. v. Dunkin’ Donuts Inc., No. 99-7002 CACE (18) (Fla. Cir. Ct. July 2007)
  • Prevailed on summary judgment, as a part of a trial team at a previous firm, on behalf of a client against claims that the client had discriminated against an employee on account of her gender and pregnancy status
  • Represented clients on various housing needs before the housing authority of the District of Columbia; worked on cases in conjunction with the D.C. Clinic for the Homeless
  • At previous firm, represented various wireless and broadcast clients on regulatory matters before the U.S. Federal Communications Commission
  • At previous firm, represented clients on a pro bono basis on asylum and other immigration matters before the U.S. Department of Immigration/Homeland Security
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