Joanne Patterson joined Another Broken Egg of America Franchising, LLC in November 2015 as General Counsel where she oversees all legal aspects of the company, including corporate governance, franchising, real estate, compliance and regulatory affairs. In December of 2017, Joanne took on the additional role of Vice President of Human Resources. Having begun her career working with clients primarily in the areas of mergers & acquisitions, real estate and commercial litigation, she developed her business knowledge and acumen after she left law firm life to move in-house as Corporate Counsel at Smoothie King Franchises, Inc. Joanne spent four years contributing to the domestic and international growth of the Smoothie King brand and gaining valuable experience in the franchise industry. She holds a Juris Doctor degree from Tulane University Law School and a Bachelor of Arts in History and Political Science from the University of Alabama. She is admitted to practice law in Alabama and in Florida as an Authorized House Counsel. Joanne is professionally affiliated with the International Franchise Association (IFA) and is a regular attendee at both the IFA's Legal Symposium and the American Bar Association's Forum on Franchising.