Joanne is committed to helping small business owners achieve their goals. From inception to business maturity, Joanne serves as an experienced and insightful counselor to business owners as they face the financial, legal and operational challenges that are an inevitable part of the life cycle of a business.
Joanne helps to guide entrepreneurs and closely-held businesses through the new entity formation process and to structure, negotiate and implement business transactions such as asset and stock acquisitions, mergers, financing transactions, real estate purchases and leases, and business separations. She also assists her business and nonprofit clients with negotiating a wide range of contracts, such as software licenses, consulting agreements, employment agreements and non-disclosure agreements. She works with business owners to develop, document and implement their business succession plans, including preparing buy-sell, partnership and LLC agreements. She frequently functions as outside general counsel for companies and nonprofit entities by handling corporate record-keeping and providing advice on corporate governance and other matters as needed.
Joanne also works with area financial institutions to document commercial mortgage and asset-based loan transactions and provides advice on documentation and collateral issues. She collaborates with members of AMM’s litigation practice group on collection, bankruptcy and other bank-related litigation.
Joanne contributes regularly to the Firm’s business blog, lectures on various business law topics, and has published articles on topics such as business law, business succession planning, software licensing and the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act. Joanne presents educational programs to banking clients, covering topics such as lender liability, corporate law, and commercial law developments.
Joanne is actively involved in the Bucks County community. She is a past President of the Bucks County Bar Association and currently serves as Chair of its Bylaws Committee. She is President of NAMI Bucks County, PA, an affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, which provides advocacy, support, and education to those living with mental health conditions and the families and loved ones who support them. Joanne also serves on the Boards of the Doylestown Health Foundation and Village Improvement Association of Doylestown, which oversee the governance of Doylestown Hospital and Pine Run Retirement Community. She serves on the Advisory Board of the Bucks County Children’s Museum. Her past nonprofit board experience includes the Bucks County Symphony, the Bucks County Symphony Foundation, the Bucks County Bar Foundation, the Bucks County Children’s Museum, and the Bucks County Women’s Advocacy Coalition.
American Bar Association, Pennsylvania Bar Association, Philadelphia Bar Association, Past President Bucks County Bar Association (Chair of Bylaws Committee, Past Chair of Membership and Member Services Committee, Co-founder and Past Chair of its Business Law Section, Member and Past Chair of its Women Lawyers Division)
President of the Board, National Alliance on Mental Illness, Bucks County
Advisory Board, Bucks County Children's Museum
Board of Directors, Doylestown Health Foundation
Governance Committee, Village Improvement Association
Board of Directors, Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce
"AV" Peer Review Rating, Martindale Hubbell
Harriet M. Mims Award, (Bucks County Bar Association), 2022
Named a Pennsylvania "Super Lawyer," 2022, 2023 by Thomson Reuters
Named a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation
President's Award, (Bucks County Bar Association)
Bucks County Herald/Bucks County Bar Association Lawyers Among Us Award Winner, 2018
Business Succession Planning
Buying and Selling a Business
Legal Issues and Your Business
Metadata and the Attorney Client Privilege
Lender Liability: Banks Behaving Badly
Significant Developments in Commercial Lending Law
Adding Value to Customer Relationships: A Corporate Law Primer
Recent Changes in the Pennsylvania Realty Transfer Tax
Regulations Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008
Interview on approaches to deal making and avoiding potential risks at the closing table with Laura Queen of 29Bison Human Capital Consulting firm for their "How the Deal Was Done" podcast , May, 2019
"Exit Strategies for Business Owners", presented to the Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce Women in Business Committee's “Planning for Each Stage of Your Career & Business" seminar, April, 2018
Presenter at Bucks County Bar Association Continuing Legal Educaiton Program "Company Formation Best Practices: People and Collateral”, September, 2017
Panelist at a Philadelphia Bar Association Small Business Committee/Pennsylvania Bar Institute program entitled “The Rise & Fall of Small Empires: Legal & Ethical issues Surrounding Closely-held Companies at Times of Formation & Distress ", May, 2014
Managing Your Bank Relationship - What To Do If You See Trouble Ahead
Author, Poster or Host, Who is Responsible for Website Content?
Are We Having Fun Yet? The Consumer Product Safety Information Act- A Year In Review
Software License Agreements – Beware of Hidden Code
Lead and Testing Under the CPSIA: What Toymakers Need to Know About Testing, Tracking and Content Limits