Corporate Team


Helen Stein, Esq., President

Helen Stein is a Florida Supreme Court Certified Family and Dependency Law Mediator.
Helen earned her Doctor of Jurisprudence from St. John’s University School of Law and a Bachelor of Science Degree from Ithaca College. She is a member of the New York State Bar, the Florida State Bar, and is a state-certified Parenting Coordinator and a member of the Collaborative Family Law Institute.

For many years, Helen served in leadership roles in organizations whose missions are to provide legal representation to abused and neglected children. Her career began in public service when she founded the start-up legal services program in Queens County, NY, for the representation of low-income community residents. Her work grew to include the representation of abused and neglected children who were subjects of child protective proceedings. She then became the Administrative Attorney for the 11th Judicial Circuit Guardian Ad Litem Program where she managed the legal staff and was also responsible for the training and supervision of hundreds of volunteer attorneys representing children.

Helen then opened and developed the Miami office of Lawyers for Children America, which quickly became a successful non-profit business. She served for several years on the Florida Bar Juvenile Rules Committee and was an adjunct professor at Miami-Dade College, where she taught family law.

Helen has been an invited presenter at several conferences regarding children’s rights, including the Governor’s Commission for the Unmet Legal Needs of Children, The Florida Bar Children’s Legal Services Conference and the American Bar Association’s 10th Annual National Conference. She has also served on various local boards of organizations that provide and support children’s services.

In 2005, Helen opened a divorce mediation business, which later became affiliated with Divorce Without War®. Beginning in 2007 to the present, she has owned and operated a Divorce Without War® franchise in Coral Gables, Florida.

In 2012, Helen became co-owner and President of Divorce Without War® USA, LLC., which is now the franchisor of Divorce Without War® throughout the United States.

Helen Stein is divorced and remarried, is the mother of four children, and has first-hand experience in the divorce process.


David A. Beyer, Franchise Attorney

Daved Beyer is the Tampa Office Managing Partner of the Quarles & Bradey law firm. His expertice includes organizing and structuring franchise and other distribution programs; negotiating and preparing complex franchise, sub-franchise, and distribution agreements; representing franchisors and subfranchisors in compliance with franchise disclosure and registration laws; evaluating and negotiating supply relationships; counseling on the impact of antitrust and trade regulation laws; international franchising and distribution matters; preventing and resolving franchise disputes; assisting in franchise and dealership terminations; joint ventures, mergers, acquisitions and capital raising for franchise and growth companies; structuring dealership and licensing programs; and other related corporate and business matters.

David’s practice also involves counseling on other sales and distribution methods with a special emphasis on avoiding burdensome franchise sales laws including, licensing, multilevel distribution, direct selling, sales representatives, joint ventures, dealerships and business opportunities. Recently, he has actively represented franchisors on technology-related issues, including web site development, e-commerce, cybersquatting and channel conflict. He has counseled clients on franchise, distribution, corporate and intellectual property matters in numerous industries including: hospitality (hotels, restaurants and travel); healthcare; automotive; publications; real estate and business brokerage; education and childcare facilities; retail merchandising; among others.

David is a leader in the development of franchise law in Florida. He has served multiple terms as chairman of the Franchise Law Committee of the Florida Bar. In that role, he has led successful efforts both to improve franchise laws in Florida and defeat destructive proposed legislation. He is one of just a handful of franchise lawyers honored by his peers to present at the keynote plenary sessions on both the Annual Developments in Franchise Law at the ABA Franchise Forum and the Judicial Update at the IFA Legal Symposium.


Darla Thompson, CPA, CFP®

Darla Thompson is a Tax Partner based in Cherry Bekaert’s South Florida practice. Darla specializes in taxation and financial planning, primarily for high-net-worth family groups and the real estate industry. Businesses and large complex family groups look to Darla’s skill as a Certified Public Accountant and CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ for guidance with their pass-through entities and succession planning. Darla Thompson also assists clients with the complex tax issues surrounding the development and sale of intellectual property.




Salomon Wancier, Marketing

Salomon Wancier is an accomplished creative senior executive with a 17-year record of directing marketing initiatives. He has worked with non-profit organizations as well as companies ranging from start-up to national industry leaders. His experience extends to international corporations, managing Fortune 1000 accounts and building strong cross-functional teams. Salomon’s vision and execution-focused leadership give him the ability to deliver strategies and programs that capture customer needs and impact the bottom line. He earned a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Miami. Fluent in Spanish, Salomon has the distinction of being one of 55 worldwide Authorized Duct Tape Marketing Consultants.

When friends divorce, it's hard on everyone. My ex-wife and I still care for each other and had trouble making the decision to separate. Divorce Without War® provided us with a peaceful resolution and enabled us to remain friends throughout the process.

— Bill

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