Dean T. Fournaris


Dean Fournaris is Chair of the Franchise and Distribution Practice Group and a Partner in the Litigation Department. Dean is a franchise and distribution lawyer who has represented public and private franchisors, licensors, manufacturers, pharmaceutical companies, distributors, and developers in matters across the country.

As a member of the Franchise and Distribution Practice Group, Dean focuses his practice on developing, structuring, and maintaining franchise and distribution networks, transactions and contracts involving franchise and distribution systems, franchise registration and disclosure, manufacturing and operating systems and standards, and other related regulatory and transactional matters. He regularly advises franchise and distribution system clients in connection with all aspects of their franchisee-distributor, customer, supplier, and competitor relationships. Dean also prosecutes and defends franchise and distribution cases, including injunction actions, before state and federal courts and arbitration panels on behalf of franchisors, manufacturers, and distributors.

A sought-after speaker, Dean often lectures about franchise and distribution matters and has authored numerous articles on these subjects in industry and legal publications.

Dean has been ranked by Chambers USA as one of the leading franchise lawyers in the United States since 2011. Dean has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America for franchise law since 2007, the International Who’s Who for franchise law since 2010, and as a “Legal Eagle” by Franchise Times Magazine since 2004. Dean was also featured by Franchise Times Magazine in an article entitled "Legal Hotshots under 40" in July 2001 and was named by Franchise Times to its “Franchise Lawyer Hall of Fame” in 2013.

Dean is a member of the American Bar Association's Forum on Franchising and serves on its Publications Committee. He is a founding member of the Franchise Law Committee of the Philadelphia Bar Association and served as its Chair from 2003 to 2007. In addition, Dean is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association's Franchise Law Committee of the Corporation, Banking and Business Law Section and the New Jersey Bar Association's Franchise Law Committee.


  • Cornell Law School  (J.D., 1991)
  • Franklin & Marshall College  (B.A., 1988)

Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey
  • Pennsylvania

Court Admissions

  • US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • US District Court (District of New Jersey)
  • US District Court (Eastern District of Pennsylvania)
  • US District Court (Middle District of Pennsylvania)

Memberships and Affiliations

  • American Bar Association Forum on Franchising
    • Publications Committee