Lane Fisher - Franchise Attorney Philadelphia PA

In private practice since 1989, Lane Fisher currently represents more than 500 franchise brands in business transactions and complex franchise litigation. Lane is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania and New Jersey and chairs the Franchise Law Committee of the Business Law Section of the Philadelphia Bar Association and is a member of the American Bar Association’s Forum Committee on Franchising. In addition to chairing its membership committee from 2005-2013, Lane served as a member of the International Franchise Association’s Board of Directors from 2005-2011 and is a past member of its executive committee and a past chair of the executive committee of the Supplier Forum Advisory Board. Lane also served as former chair of the Legal Symposium Task Force from 2006-2009 and previously served on the Federal Advisory Board.

Lane is a frequent speaker at franchise conferences and has written extensively on many aspects of franchising.  Every year since 2004, Philadelphia Magazine has identified Lane as a Pennsylvania SuperLawyer and Franchise Times identified Lane in the “Top 100 Franchise Attorneys”, earning its Legal Eagle designation. Since 2010, Lane has earned the distinction of “Awesome Attorney” in Suburban Life magazine.  Lane has published more than 50 articles and given more than 10 presentations on franchising-related issues at conferences and served as a frequent commentator and contributor to such media as CNN-fn, ABC/Live Well!, CN8, INC. Magazine, Franchise Times, Franchise Update, Franchising World, Franchise Law Journal, and The Franchise Lawyer.


Lane is a graduate of American University’s Washington College of Law (J.D. 1989).

Lane also holds a B.B.A. in finance (1985) and an M.B.A. in international business (1986) from George Washington University.


  • Lane is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania and New Jersey
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania (1990)
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania (2006)
  • Supreme Court of New Jersey (1990)
  • United States District Court for the District of New Jersey (1990)
  • Supreme Court of Pennsylvania (1989)
  • United States Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit (2007)


  • American Bar Association
    • Forum Committee on Franchising
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Philadelphia Bar Association
    • Franchise Law Committee
  • New Jersey Bar Association
    • Franchise Law Committee
  • International Franchise Association
    • Multi Unit Franchisee Task Force (2008 – Present)
    • Research Committee (2008 – Present)
    • Membership Committee Chair (2006 – Present)
    • Member Board of Directors (2005 – Present)
    • Chair, Legal Symposium Task Force (2006 – 2009)
    • Past Chair of the Supplier Forum (2005 – 2006)

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Awards and Achievements

Chambers USA 2013: Leaders in The Field

Lane Fisher of Fisher Zucker, LLC has been listed as a "Leader in the Field" and is recommended in Franchising by Chambers USA.

Who’s Who Legal: The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers

Lane Fisher is featured in Who's Who Legal's 2012 Franchise Edition.
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Fisher and Zucker recognized as SuperLawyers

Lane Fisher and Jeff Zucker have been recognized as Pennsylvania SuperLawyers in the field of Franchise and Distribution every year since the inception of the "Super Lawyer" review in 2004.

Fisher and Zucker honored as “Legal Eagles”

Both Lane and Jeff have been honored to be recognized as “Legal Eagles” every year since 2001.

Lane Fisher Named “Awesome Attorney”

Lane Fisher was named an “Awesome Attorney”, in the  field of Intellectual Property by Suburban Life Magazine in its September 26, 2011 edition. Read Article

Lane Fisher Named 20 to Watch

Lane was named one of 20 to Watch in the coming year by Franchise Times Magazine, 2007. 


PAFI: The Activation Process – From Site Selection to Grand Opening, July 13, 2014

Lane Fisher moderated a session at the Professional Athelete Franchise Institute's 5th Annual Summit in Atlanta, Georgia titled "The Activation Process: From Site Selection to Grand Opening"

George Washington University: Execuvitve MBA Program: Franchising Presentation, June 27, 2014

Lane Fisher, Brian Sommers of Jersey Mike;s and a team of panelists presented a special franchise presentation to a group of former NFL athletes who are currently executive MBA candidates at George Washington University. Former athletes Angelo Crowell and Tyoka Jackson explained their selection process and subsequent operation as current franchisees. Allan Boomer distilled the due diligence process into easy to understand steps, shared his business plan and projections, and how he tracks and measures performance. Michael Stone from PAFI and Paul Rocchio from IFA assembled an offering of resources to you.

“Behind the Curtain” look at Private Equity at Riverside’s Headquarters, June 18, 2014

Partners Lane Fisher and Joseph Dunn participated in a private event prior to the annual International Franchise Expo at the Javits Center in New York City. It provided the franchising community an insider’s perspective on how the private equity world works, and included panelists and speakers that have a unique perspective on the different stages of the private equity deal process. Topics included: • Develop a better understanding of the private equity industry • Provide an in depth perspective on how private equity investors think about the franchising industry • Gain insights into what a PE firm looks for through the diligence process, in management meetings, touring facilities, and during deal negotiations • Understand the day-to-day changes that are likely to occur under a private equity owner and what the first 100 days are like after a change of ownership

International Franchise Expo: June 19-21, 2014: The Franchisor-Franchisee Relationship

Presented by: Nancy Weingartner, Executive Editor, Franchise Times Panelists: Geoff Ingles, Director of Real Estate & Franchise Development and Farouk Diab, Franchisee, Wienerschnitzel; Catherine Monson, CEO and Clint Ehlers, Franchisee, FASTSIGNS; Lane Fisher, Esquire, Fisher Zucker LLC The franchisor-franchisee relationship is a delicate balance that when managed correctly can result in both parties thriving. With access to capital still difficult to obtain, it is more important than ever for franchisors to support franchisees on everything from real estate, construction, food sourcing, labor management and IT to marketing and advertising. This panel will include discussions from both franchisors and franchisees on how these parties should work together in order to create a successful brand.

International Franchise Expo, June 19-21, 2014: What’s Your Story?

Presented by: Lane Fisher, Esquire, Fisher Zucker LLC ; Nancy Weingartner, Executive Editor, Franchise Times; Daniel DiZio, CEO, Philly Pretzel Factory; Neal Courtney, CEO, TCBY/Mrs. Fields Famous Brands Every franchise has a story. But how can you tell yours to the media – which in turn attracts customers, prospects and the right kind of attention – so you can become a best seller? Find out how to use your FDD and engage your existing franchisees so you can put your best face forward. Also discover how to relaunch your franchise sales process by accentuating what's novel about your concept and packaging all your strengths via numbers, facts and the brand's personality.

NRA Show, May 16th-20th, 2014: Your Menu For Franchise Success: What you Need to Do to Hit it Big

Lane Fisher and Mark Siebert, CEO of iFranchise Group filled the room at the 2014 National Restaurant Show and provided insightful information on how to successfuly franchise your business.

Multi-Unit Franchising Conference: April 23-25, 2014: Understanding Your FDD & Franchise Agreement

Does anyone really understand every sentence in their FDDs and Franchise Agreements?  Learning to decode these critical documents can be a tremendous advantage in negotiating better deals with franchisors.

IFA’s 2013 Franchise Development Seminar – Philadelphia – July 17-18, 2013

IFA's Franchise Development Seminars are designed for franchise development professionals to join experts for a discussion on thelatest trends and advancements in their fields. These unique seminars combine expert testimonials with peer-to-peer learing and networking in a smaller setting.

Franchoice Conference in Nashville-July 10-12, 2013: Life in the Fast Lane

Lane Fisher presented at the Franchoice Conference in Nashville on July 10-12,2013.

What’s Your Story? Putting your best face, facts and figures in front of the media

Presented by: Lane Fisher, Esquire, Fisher Zucker LLC ; Nancy Weingartner, Executive Editor, Franchise Times and Daniel DiZio, CEO/Co-Founder, Philly Pretzel Factory at the International Franchise Expo in New York City on June 20, 2013.



Lane Fisher quoted by about Franchising Secrets for Long-Term Success

Summing up the analysis of world class franchises very well is Lane Fisher, partner at FisherZucker, LLC, in Philadelphia and member of the IFA Board of Directors.

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Lane Fisher Quoted in Philly Inquirer, 12/27/2015, “Franchisee dives into the deep end with British Swim School”
Lane Fisher Interviewed by TheStreet

Interviewed by TheStreet

Lane Fisher Gives His Thoughts on the Franchising Outlook of 2012 in Inc. Magazine

Franchise Scene 2012, What the Year Holds For Franchising. Inc. Magazine
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Lane Fisher is Quoted in Entrepreneur Magazine About Multi-Unit Franchising

The Multiple Choice. Entrepreneur Magazine, April 2011.
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Lane Fisher Gives a Quote to Inc. Magazine in an Article about Business Opportunities, February 2010


Upcoming Franchise Business Network Meeting

Join us at the Franchise Business Network Meeting on February 18, 2014 at 8:30AM at the Union League on Local Marketing: Sustaining Franchisee Growth beyond Grand Opening. Don’t miss this opportunity to network with your franchise peers!

Franchise Players

Fisher Zucker was featured on the cover of the August 2013 Issue of Philadelphia Life Magazine
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SmartCEO: Meet the New Franchise Economy

Fisher Zucker is featured in SmartCEO's 2012 December Issue.
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Summer 2013 Franchise Law Journal: “Planning Ahead: Creating and Enforcing Mandatory Development Schedules in Area Development, Area Representative, and Master Franchise Relationships”
Lane Fisher Shares Knowledge of Franchise Law to Enterprising Athletes

When to Stop and When to Play Ball – Part One, Professional Athlete Franchise Initiative, January 16th, 2012
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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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Lane Fisher and Joe Dunn Uncover Hidden Opportunities in Financial Performance Representations

Hidden Opportunities in Financial Performance Representations, Franchise Law News, April 2010
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Lane Fisher Writes About Choosing the Right Supplier for Your Franchise In Franchise World Magazine

Choosing the Right Supplier for Your Franchise Business. Franchising World; Oct 2005; 37, 10; ABI/INFORM Global
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Lane Fisher and Joe Dunn Explain What The New FTC Rule Means for Franchisors

The New FTC Rule – What It Means For You and Your Earnings Claims – Franchise Update Magazine, July 2007.
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Lane Fisher Answers the Question of When the FTC Rule Change Will Come

FTC Rule Change: The Question of When
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Lane Fisher Testifying Before the PA CAC, House Bill 1620

Lane Fisher Testifying Before the PA CAC, House Bill 1620

ABC Interview with Franchise Attorney Lane Fisher October 11, 2010

ABC Interview with Franchise Attorney Lane Fisher October 11, 2010

Lane Fisher Joins Franchise Online Podcast to Talk Developing Financial Performance Representations

Developing Financial Performance Representations, April 6, 2011
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Lane Fisher Speaks on The Franchise Today Podcast About Financial Performance Representations

Financial Performance Representations – Friend or Foe, May 6, 2010
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