working_joedunnJoe’s practice areas include commercial transactions and litigation focusing on franchise and distribution issues.  Joe is a former corporate counsel for AMMCO Transmissions, Inc. and is experienced in regulatory compliance, intellectual property, licensing agreements and employment law.  Joe regularly negotiates and drafts intellectual property licensing agreements and other commercial contracts including stock and asset purchase agreements, financing agreements, shareholder and employment agreements and procurement contracts as well as joint venture agreements and other strategic alliances. Joe represents both buyers and sellers in mergers and acquisitions, advises on corporate structure and formation and conducts due diligence on acquisition targets.  Joe also regularly registers, maintains and enforces trademarks and copyrights.  In addition, Joe represents the firm’s clients in planning, structuring and implementing franchise programs, including drafting disclosure documents, agreements and the subsequent registration and renewals of franchise offerings.  Moreover, Joe actively represents the firm’s franchise and general commercial clients in both the federal courts and in private arbitrations, relating to breach of system standards, terminations, employment matters, trademark infringement, restrictive covenants and contract disputes, including securing preliminary and permanent injunctions.

Joe is a frequent speaker at the International Franchise Association’s annual legal symposium and other IFA events.  Joe was named a Franchise Times Legal Eagle from 2013-2015, a Rising Star in Philadelphia Magazine’s SuperLawyers from 2005 – 2010 and a Philadelphia SuperLawyer from 2012 through 2015.


Joe is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame Law School (J.D. 1995) and holds a B.A. from the University of Delaware (1991).


Joe is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.


  • International Franchise Association
  • American Bar Association – ABA Forum on Franchising
  • Philadelphia Bar Association – Franchise Law Committee

Awards and Achievements

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Certified Franchise Executive
Pennsylvania SuperLawyer, Philadelphia Magazine, 2012 through 2015.
Franchise Times Legal Eagle, Franchise Times, April 2013 through 2015.
International Franchise Association Legal Symposium Task Force 2013 and 2014.
Franchise Times Legal Eagle, 2013-2015
IFA Legal Symposium Task Force, 2013 and 2014
Pennsylvania SuperLawyer Rising Stars
Pennsylvania SuperLawyer Rising Stars

FisherZucker is please that several of our associates have been recognized as Pennsylvania SuperLawyer Rising Stars.

Philadelphia Magazine Pennsylvania SuperLawyer, 2012-2015
Certified Franchise Executive, Institute of Certified Franchise Executives, awarded 2011


Why Can’t I Buy this Instead? The Issue of Unauthorized Products and Suppliers in Franchise Franchise Systems, International Franchise Association’s 49th Annual Legal Symposium, Washington, DC, May 2016.
No Really, They’re Not My Employees: Sharing Tips and Best Practices, International Franchise Association’s 2016 Annual Conference, San Antonio, TX, February 2016.
Strategies Related to Concerns About Joint Employment, Misclassification and Vicarious Liability, Franchise UnConference, Park City, UT, March, 2016.
Introduction to Franchising, Temple Law School
Introduction to Franchising [as part of the IP Licensing Course], Temple Law School, Nov. 19, 2013, Nov. 11, 2014, November 3, 2015.
Negotiating Renewals and Extensions: As A Franchisor Why Do You Care and What Should You Be Doing, International Franchise Association’s 2015 Annual Convention, Las Vegas, NV, February 2015.
Go West: Wie die Expansion in die USA und UK gelingt. [How to expand in the US and UK and succeed], German Franchise Association Franchise Forum, Berlin, Germany, May 2015.
Leveraging your FDD, Franchise Springboard Conference, Philadelphia, PA, September 2015.
Coaching Your Client through Buying a Business Opportunity, Philadelphia Bar Association, Business Law Committee, Philadelphia, PA, October 2015.
Negotiating Renewals and Extensions: As A Franchisor Why Do You Care and What Should You Be Doing, IFA 2015


Hinted by Hinton: Court Clarifies When Lost Future Royalties are Recoverable Under California Law
Divided Loyalties – A Multi-Concept Franchisee’s Best Efforts
Investing in Yourself: Creative Financing Strategies to Open (and re-open) Franchise Locations
International Franchise Handbook: USA Chapter
International Franchise Handbook, (1st Edition) 2015, Co-Editor and author of the USA Chapter.
Franchise Players
Franchise Players

Fisher Zucker was featured on the cover of the August 2013 Issue of Philadelphia Life Magazine
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Lane Fisher and Joe Dunn Describe Item 19’s Effectiveness Against Fraud Claims
Lane Fisher and Joe Dunn Describe Item 19's Effectiveness Against Fraud Claims

An Item 19 Continues to Be an Effective Shield against Fraud Claims, Franchise Law News, Issue IV, 2011.
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An Item 19 Continues to Be an Effective Shield Against Fraud Claims, Franchise Law News, Issue IV, 2011.
Lane Fisher and Joe Dunn Explore Creative Financing Strategies to Open Franchises
Lane Fisher and Joe Dunn Explore Creative Financing Strategies to Open Franchises

Investing In Yourself: Creative financing strategies to open (and re-open) franchise locations, Franchise Update, October 2010.
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Hidden Opportunities in Financial Performance Representations, Franchise Law News, April 2010.