JoyAnn’s practice is primarily dedicated to franchise law, representing franchise clients in connection with transactional, regulatory compliance, and litigation matters. JoyAnn has extensive experience in representing a full array of franchisors, from emerging franchise concepts to mature brands and has served her clients across the entire spectrum of franchise issues. JoyAnn counsels brands on the development of franchise programs, inclusive of corporate structuring and drafting disclosure documents; multi-unit expansion strategies; financial performance representations; regulatory compliance, including franchise registration; trademark registration and intellectual property protection; exit strategies; and vendor and supplier relationships. JoyAnn actively represents franchise clients in federal and state litigation and dispute resolution matters. JoyAnn previously served as in-house counsel to The Tinder Box International, Ltd. and Vino 100, two affiliated franchise brands, for over eight years personally handling all legal matters, inclusive of transactional, regulatory compliance and litigation matters. In addition to her representation of clients in the franchise industry, JoyAnn represents and advises independent business owners regarding corporate formation, organizational structure, contract negotiation, and mergers and acquisitions. JoyAnn’s personal attention to matters, passion for detail, and client commitment render JoyAnn an invaluable asset to her clients.
JoyAnn is a frequent speaker at various franchise conferences, including the International Franchise Association’s annual Legal Symposium, Franchise Springboard Conference, the Multi-Unit Franchising Conference, Dunkin’ Donuts’ Independent Franchisee Association Conference, and Planet Fitness Independent Franchisee Association Conference. JoyAnn was named a Franchise Times Legal Eagle (2013 – 2017) and Who’s Who, Legal Franchise (2018).
JoyAnn is a graduate from Villanova University School of Law (J.D. 2002) and received a B.A. from Villanova University (1999)
JoyAnn is admitted to practice in Florida, New Jersey and Pennsylvania
Federal Court Admissions: Eastern District of Pennsylvania, District of New Jersey, Southern District of Florida
American Bar Association
International Franchise Association
Awards and Achievements
Franchise Times Legal Eagle (2013 – 2020)
Who’s Who, Legal Franchise (2018)
Franchisor’s Intellectual Property and How to Protect It, IFA Legal Symposium (2018)
Working an Organization Through Change, Springboard (2018)
Franchisees & Franchisors Working Together to Resolve Differences, Multi Unit Franchising Conference (2018)
Expanding Your Franchise Portfolio – Investment in Emerging Brands, DDIFO (2015)