Dady & Gardner, PA

J. Michael Dady

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Michael Dady is widely regarded as one of the most prominent franchisee and dealer attorneys in America. He and the other lawyers in his ten lawyer franchisee/dealer boutique law firm limit their nationwide practice to helping franchisees and dealers preserve and enhance the value of their businesses as effectively and as efficiently as possible. He and his colleagues at Dady & Gardner have made new law for franchisees nationwide, and together they are credited with having tried and won many significant cases on behalf of franchisees and dealers located throughout the United States. He and his partners have successfully represented franchisees and dealers in more than 350 different franchise and supplier organizations, and they currently represent over 50 different franchisee and dealer associations. Again in 2019, Chambers USA, after its nationwide survey of franchise lawyers, ranked Dady & Gardner as the top franchisee law firm in America, it ranked Michael Dady and his partner, Ron Gardner, as two of the top four franchisee lawyers in America, and, of the 21 franchisee lawyers it recognized, six of them are Dady & Gardner lawyers.

Michael is a frequent national speaker and writer on franchise law topics and was an adjunct professor at the University of St. Thomas Institute for Franchise Management. Michael is listed in the Best Lawyers in America, is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum (having obtained several results in excess of one million dollars for franchisee and dealer victims of unfair treatment), was selected by Minnesota Lawyer as one of its ten “Attorneys of the Year” for the year 2000, has been recognized by his Minnesota lawyer peers for more than ten years as one of Minnesota’s Top 100 Super Lawyers, from among its more than 29,000 lawyers, and he, along with four of his partners at Dady & Gardner, has been consistently recognized by Franchise Times as one of the top 200 franchise lawyers in America, all of whom it designates as “Legal Eagles.” Michael is also a member of the Legal Eagles Hall of Fame as recognized by the Franchise Times.


Michael is a native of Sisseton, South Dakota, is a rancher in his spare time, and considers “doing cowboy work” his favorite recreational pursuit. Michael is active in supporting several service organizations. He formerly served as the Chair of the Board of Directors of both Catholic Charities of St. Paul and Minneapolis, and as the Chair of the Board of Regents of St. John’s University. He has been honored by both his university, Saint John’s University, and his high school, Sisseton High School, as their Alumnus of the Year. He is currently a member of the National Advisory Council of the American Creativity Association; and he serves on the Boards of Directors of both the C.M. Russell Museum of Western Art and Ecumen.

Michael is a Vietnam era veteran, and achieved the rank of Captain in the United States Army Reserves.

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Over 50 different franchisee and dealer association clients, and individual members thereof, and franchisees and dealers in over 350 different franchise and dealer concepts.


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Work Highlights

Frequent speaker and writer on franchise and dealer law topics at the ABA Forum on Franchising’s Annual Conference.

Frequent speaker at multiple Association Conventions, in different industries, including multiple automobile dealer conventions, beer distributor conventions, quick service restaurant and fine dining conventions, AAHOA hotel conventions, AAFD conventions, hair care franchisee conventions, and agricultural equipment dealer conventions.

Michael is a MSBA Board Certified Civil Trial Specialist.

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St. John's University

Bachelor of Science

1967 - 1971

University of Minnesota School of Law

Juris Doctorate

1972 - 1975