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J. Michael Dady - Minneapolis, MN

80 South Eighth Street#5100 IDS Center Minneapolis, MN 55402

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Updated: 02/21/2023

Minneapolis Franchising Lawyer


Michael Dady is the founding partner at Dady & Gardner, P.A., and is widely regarded as one of the most prominent franchisee attorneys in America. He and the other lawyers in his firm, Dady & Gardner, P.A. of Minneapolis, Minnesota, limit their nationwide practice to helping franchisees and dealers preserve and enhance the value of their businesses as effectively and as efficiently as possible...


Bar Admissions

  • Minnesota, 1975
  • U.S. District Court District of Minnesota, 1976
  • South Dakota, 1983

Specialties and Certifications

  • Civil Trial Specialist, Minnesota
  • Nationally Certified Trial Lawyer, National Board of Trial Advocacy

Other Affiliations

  • St. John's University (Chairman, Board of Regents, 1992-1995)
  • St. John's University (Former President, Alumni Association)
  • American Creativity Association (Past Member, Board of Directors)
  • Children's Heart Link (Past Member, Board of Directors)
  • Minnesota Trial Lawyers Association (Past Member, Board of Directors)
  • American Bar Association's Forum on Franchising (Past Member, National Governing Committee)
  • The Franchise Handbook (Member, Board of Advisors)

Classes and Seminars

  • Speaker, American Bar Association, National Franchise Law Institute
  • Speaker, International Franchise Association's Legal Symposium
  • Speaker, Forum on Franchising, American Bar Association
  • Speaker, Distribution and Dealer Termination, The National Law Journal
  • Lecturer, Mini-MBA in Franchise Management, University of St. Thomas Graduate School of Business, 1999
  • Lecturer, Institute For Franchise Management, University of St. Thomas Graduate School of Business, 1998, 1999

Past Positions

  • Lindquist & Vennum, Partner, 1975 - 1975
  • Lindquist & Vennum, Senior Partner, 1994 - 1994


  • University of Minnesota Law School, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 1975
    J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence
    Law Review: Minnesota Law Review, Editor, 1974 - 1975
  • St John's University, Collegeville, Minnesota, 1971
    B.S., Bachelor of Science
    Major: Government


Accepts Credit Cards


Published Works

  • "Evaluating the Termination Decision, Common Law and Dealer Statute Considerations" in Corporate Counsel's Guide to Distribution Counseling, Business Laws, Inc., 1998
  • Manufacturer/Dealer Relationships: The Present State of the Law, Contractor, February, 1989
  • Underinsured Motorist Coverage, Contractor, December, 1988
  • Appellate Brief, Art of Advocacy, Mathew Bender, 1991
  • Opening and Closing Arguments for the Case of Koeppe v. Philbrick, in "Persuasive Trial Arguments", Minnesota Trial Lawyers Association, 1991

Office Information


80 South Eighth Street#5100 IDS Center Minneapolis, MN 55402


  • 612-359-3507


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Included on the 2023 Minnesota list

Past Lists

  • 2022 Minnesota Super Lawyers list
  • 2021 Minnesota Super Lawyers list
  • 2020 Minnesota Super Lawyers list
  • 2019 Minnesota Super Lawyers list
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  • 2016 Minnesota Super Lawyers list
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  • 1995 Minnesota Super Lawyers list
  • 1994 Minnesota Super Lawyers list

View the profile for J. Michael Dady on Super Lawyers


  • Listed in "The Best Lawyers in America"
  • Identified by the Minnesota Journal of Law Politics, as one of Minnesota's Super Lawyers
  • AAFD’s Total QualiFranchising Award for Lifetime Achievement to the Franchising Community, 2023.

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