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W. Michael Garner

Posted on Date: Mar 26, 2014



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W. Michael Garner has practiced franchise and distribution law for over thirty years and is regarded as one of the nation's premier trial lawyers and legal writers in the field. He believes in excellence, hard work and dedication. Included among Michael’s notable cases are the following:

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Clients who have worked with Michael praise his “extreme commitment to achieving the best possible outcome, and unwavering belief in our position.” They have called him “the ultimate legal professional” who presents a “brilliant case.” Chambers USA said he is a "litigator of significant prowess," who is "great on his feet." One client summed it up this way: “You are one awesome lawyer.”

As a recognized authority on franchise law, Michael has testified before Congressional and state legislative committees in support of franchisee rights. He has been a featured speaker before the American Association of Franchisees and Dealers, International Franchise Association, the American Bar Association Forum on Franchising, the Practicing Law Institute, the National Franchise Law Institute and various other bar and franchise industry associations. His writings have been cited by several courts, including the United States Supreme Court.

Awards and Honors
Michael is listed in The Best Lawyers in America, was named an "Attorney of the Year" by Minnesota Lawyer, and has consistently been named one of Minnesota's "Super Lawyers" by Minnesota Law & Politics. He has won the Chairman’s Award of the American Association of Franchisees and Dealers.

He holds an A.B. from Columbia University and is a 1975 graduate of New York University School of Law. He lives in St. Paul, Minnesota with his wife, Christine and dog, Sera. In his spare time he travels to places like Laos, Vietnam, Slovenia and France. He also writes literary fiction; a number of his stories have been published in university journals. He is a member of the Boards of The Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis, the nation’s largest independent literary center; of Open Book in Minneapolis; and of the Fort Tryon Corporation in New York, New York.

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