Partner at Garner & Ginsburg, P.A.
W. Michael Garner is a partner at Garner & Ginsburg, P.A. Law Offices, which operates in New York, Minneapolis, and New Jersey. Garner has practiced franchise and distribution law for over 30 years and is regarded as one of the nation’s premier trial lawyers and legal writers in the field.
Michael Garner’s accomplishments and contributions to the franchise community, and to the franchise law bar, are abundant and exemplify the concept of Lifetime Achievement. Said AAFD Chairman, Robert Purvin, “When I was first introduced to Michael Garner more than 30 years ago, he was already Editor of the Franchise Law Journal and a leading voice in the American Bar Association Forum on Franchising. His prolific contribution to the analysis of franchise law has both mirrored and amplified his impressive successes in championing the challenges of his clients.”
In his long career, Garner has won multi-million dollar jury verdicts and settlements on behalf of franchisee clients and has also established many legal precedents that expand the rights of franchisees. As a recognized authority on franchise law, Garner has testified before Congressional and state legislative committees in support of franchisee rights.
In 2004, Mr. Garner was recognized by the AAFD, earning our coveted Chairman’s Award for Distinguished Service to the Franchising Community for his monumental efforts to secure standing for franchisee associations to bring actions on behalf of their members in a matter involving the National Association of State Farm Agents.
Perhaps Mr. Garner’s crowning achievement has been his service as editor and primary author of Franchising and Distribution Law, the acknowledged leading treatise on franchise law that is an essential tool of every franchise law specialist. Mr. Garner is also author and editor of the Franchise Desk Book, a companion tool to the larger treatise, which is a necessary tool for any franchise lawyer.