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Joseph Dunn (1931-2021) - Paramus, NJ

15 E Midland AvenueSuite 3D Paramus, NJ 07652

Updated: 01/11/2022

Paramus Business Organizations Lawyer


JOSEPH DUNN , born Paterson, New Jersey, November 7, 1931; admitted to bar, 1956, New Jersey; 1971, U.S. Supreme Court; 1972, U.S. Tax Court; 1977, Florida; 1980, New York. Education : Cornell University (A.B. 1953; J.D., with distinction, 1955). Order of the Coif. Member Board of Editors, Cornell Law Quarterly, 1954-1955. Author: "Charitable Contributions to Private Educational Institutions," 39 Cornell Law Quarterly, 122, 1954; "Agency: Master's Liability for Intentional Tort of Servant," 30 Cornell Law Quarterly, 505, 1954; "Legal Effect of Preambles," 41 Cornell Law Quarterly 134, 1955. Member of Panel, American Arbitration Association. Elected Member, Glen Rock, New Jersey, Board of Education, 1968-1970. Trustee, 1969 - and Chairman of the Board, 1982-1985, Barnert Memorial Hospital Center, Paterson, New Jersey. Trustee, Barnert Memorial Hospital Center Foundation, Inc., 1981 - 1985. Member, Bergen County Bar Association Ethics Committee, 1971-1974. Member Executive Committee, Bergen County Chapter, National Conference of Christians and Jews, Inc., 1974-1977. Delegate, Judicial Conference of New Jersey, 1975. Member : Bergen County (Chairman, Federal District Court Committee, 1976--1978), New Jersey State (Chairman, Corporate and Business Law Section, 1981; Member, Special Committee on Franchise Law, 1977 -) and American Bar Associations; The Florida Bar; Cornell Law Association; New Jersey Society of Hospital Attorneys (Vice President, 1982-1983); American Society of Hospital Attorneys; Recognized as one of Bergen County's Top Lawyers(201 Magazine, June 2012). REPORTED CASES : Instructional Systems Inc. v. Computer Curriculum Corporation, (Decided October 19, 1992; first N.J. Supreme Court opinion defining elements of N.J. Franchise Practices Act, holding distributor of computer assisted instruction integrated learning systems to be a franchisee). PRACTICE AREAS : Corporate and Commercial; Real Estate; Estate Planning and Administration.

About Joseph Dunn (1931-2021)

Practice Areas

  • Business Organizations
  • Contracts
  • Taxation Law
  • Trusts
  • Estate Planning


Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey, 1956
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1971
  • U.S. Tax Court, 1972
  • Florida, 1977
  • New York, 1980

Other Affiliations

  • American Arbitration Association (Member of Panel)
  • Glen Rock NJ Board of Education, 1968 - 1970 (Elected Member)
  • Barnert Memorial Hospital Center, Paterson, NJ (Trustee 1969 - Present; Chairman of the Board, 1982-1985)
  • Barnert Memorial Hospital Center Foundation, Inc. (Trustee, 1981-1985)
  • Bergen County Bar Association Ethics Committee (Member, 1971-1974)
  • National Conference of Christians and Jews, Inc. (Member Executive Committee, 1974-1977)
  • Judicial Conference of New Jersey (Delegate, 1975)
  • Bergen County Bar Association (Member (Chairman, Federal District Court Committee, 1976-1978))
  • New Jersey State Bar Association (Member (Special Committee on Franchise Law, 1997))
  • New Jersey State Bar Association (Chairman, Corporate and Business Law Section, 1981)
  • The Florida Bar (Member)
  • Cornell Law Association (Member)
  • New Jersey Society of Hospital Attorneys (Member (Vice President, 1982-1983))
  • American Society of Hospital Attorneys (Member)
  • United States Army, 1955 - 1957 (First Lieutenant)
  • American Bar Association (Member)

Past Positions

  • Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, Of Counsel, 1995 - 1998
  • Dunn Pashman Sponzilli et al, Partner, 1967 - 1995


  • Cornell Law School, Ithaca, New York, 1955
    J.D., With Distinction
    Honors: Order of the Coif
    Law Journal: Member Board of Editors, Cornell Law Quarterly, 1954 - 1955
  • Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, 1953
    B.A., Government

Fraternities and Sororities

  • Tau Epsilon Phi


Published Works

  • "Charitable Contributions to Private Educational Institutions", 39 Cornell Law Quarterly 122 (1954)
  • "Agency: Master's Liability for Intentional Tort of Servant", 30 Cornell Law Quarterly 505 (1954)
  • "Legal Effect of Preambles", 41 Cornell Law Quarterly 134 (1955)

Office Information


15 E Midland AvenueSuite 3D Paramus, NJ 07652


  • 201-291-0140

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