Joseph S. Aboyoun

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A native of Paterson, Joseph Aboyoun recalls that he never wanted to be just a lawyer. He wanted to become a business lawyer – and over the course of a 30+-year career, he has done just that.

Joe began his legal career as a tax lawyer, which, he says, has given him the legal and business grounding necessary to be a strong business lawyer. Over time, he has developed tremendous experience – and extensive relationships – working with automobile dealers and those with whom they do business. Today, Joe has become a leader in the Tri-State Area auto dealer community – having served automotive clients for his entire legal career – yet he also works with a variety of other closely held businesses.

A skilled negotiator and a firm believer in deal making, Joe spends much of his time representing his clients in negotiating the purchase and sale of dealerships. This includes the issues that typically arise in sales and acquisitions, as well as circumstances like franchise protests, terminations and other franchise-related disputes. Joe has the ability to think like a client, placing himself in the client’s shoes. In addition, Joe has extensive experience in resolving many franchise disputes through the use of applicable mediation processes.

Joe also works with dealers and others on estate planning and succession planning issues.

He has been actively involved in the National Association of Dealer Counsel (NADC), a nationwide organization of attorneys who represent automobile and other vehicle dealers, as well as the American Bar Association Forum Committee on Franchising; he has written and spoken on a wide variety of topics for both organizations. In addition, Joe has taught classes in buying and selling automotive dealerships, and has spoken on estate planning topics as well. Joe wrote "Impact of the Franchise Law Amendments on Buy-Sells" for the Summer 2012 Issue of the New Jersey Auto Retailer.


The Franchiser's Right of First Refusal: An Automotive Industry Perspective
Franchise Law Journal, Vol. 36, No. 2, Fall 2016


Buys-Sells: Beyond the Basics

In a New York State of Mind: The New York Buy-sSell

Automotive Buy Sell Report

Finding opportunity in a buy sell negotiation with a monster platform

Exit strategies: Non-traditional buy-sell alternatives
August 15, 2018

The real estate component in buy sells: The elephant in the room?
May 23, 2018

Blue sky: much more than a numbers game
March 14, 2018

Properly craft non-compete provisions in a buy sell contract to avoid nightmares
January 3, 2018

The role of a dealership broker or advisor in a buy sell
November 1, 2017

Turning a dealership sale under pressure into an opportunity
September 6, 2017

Constant vigilance of both parties obligations can ensure a timely dealership closing
July 19, 2017

The Undesirable Buyer, or Dont' Approach your Buy-Sell like a Blind Date
February 15, 2017

The Franchise Application: Danger Lurks in an Improperly Completed Document
November 16, 2016

Parts and Accessories in Your Dealership Buy/Sell Agreement: The Optimum Approach
June 15, 2016

Motor Vehicle Inventory Issues in Buy-Sells: How Real Value can be Gained or Lost
March 23, 2016

Complex Issues can Trip Up a Deal If Not Resolved when Selling a Dealership with Multiple Owners or Investors
January 20, 2016

The Partnered Acquisition: Special Challenges
September 30, 2015

Capitalizing the Deal: Funding Requirements and Alternatives
July 8, 2015

The Deal on Wheels: Be Ready for Potential Problems in a Location Change
May 13, 2015

The New Point: Opportunity or Challenge
February 18, 2015

Factory approval: The Buyer’s Concerns when Drafting a Buy Sell Agreement
October 29, 2014

Practice Areas

Automobile Dealer Law

Business Law

Commercial Real Estate


Estate Planning and Estate Administration


New Jersey, 1978

District of Columbia, 2013

New York, 2014


Rutgers University, B.A.

Western New England
College, J.D.

New York University, LL.M.
in Taxation