Fisher Zucker LLC Promotes Two Attorneys to Firm Partnership

Fisher Zucker LLC Promotes Two Attorneys to Firm Partnership

Senior Associates David J. Allsman and William R. Graefe, III join Leadership Team to Support Firm’s Growth and Expansion

Fisher Zucker LLC, a full-service law firm dedicated to franchise, distribution and licensing, announces the promotion of David J. Allsman and William R. Graefe, III to partner. Allsman and Graefe each have more than a decade of experience handling matters specific to the unique needs of the franchise community, and are well-positioned to support the firm’s continued growth. Dave and Bill join founding partners Lane Fisher and Jeff Zucker and Senior Partner F. Joseph Dunn in the new structure.

“Dave and Bill are trusted counselors to both our clients and our staff,” said Lane Fisher, founding partner. “In their new roles they will lead training and professional development, represent the firm on committees and task forces and continue to speak and write on franchise issues.”

Dave’s practice focuses on transactional matters relating to franchise regulatory compliance and has advised numerous emerging and mature franchise systems on planning, structuring, implementing and maintaining their franchise programs.  Dave represents both buyers and sellers in mergers and acquisitions, and advises on corporate structure and formation.  He also represents franchisor and other commercial clients in litigation with an emphasis on the enforcement of franchise agreements and commercial contracts.  Dave has been a speaker at the International Franchise Association’s annual Legal Symposium and other IFA events and is a member of the IFA’s legal symposium task force. Dave was named a “Rising Star” in Philadelphia Magazine’s Super Lawyers from 2008-2011, and a “Legal Eagle” by Franchise Times in 2016 and 2017.

Bill’s practice focuses on franchise transactional work both in the US and abroad, representing franchisors and develops through master franchise, direct franchising and other international licensing arrangements. In addition to helping manage the firm’s international practice, Bill manages the firm’s trademark practice and routinely handles intellectual property licensing and disputes. Bill has presented on the topic of international franchising at the IFA’s annual conference, legal symposium and other IFA events. Bill was named a “Legal Eagle” by Franchise Times in 2015, 2016 and 2017, and was recently named to the IFA’s International Committee.