Dady & Gardner, PA

Jeffery S. Haff

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Practice Areas

Franchise and Distribution

Career

A Partner at Dady & Gardner, Jeff has successfully resolved, through litigation and arbitration, hundreds of contract and business disputes on behalf of his clients resulting in millions of dollars of settlements, verdicts and awards for wronged dealers, distributors and franchisees. Honored with numerous accolades within the area of franchise law, he regularly has been a featured speaker at the ABA Forum on Franchising's annual Legal Symposium.

Jeff has been AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell for 20 years. In 2019, he was awarded Martindale Hubbell's "Highest Possible Rating" of "AV Preeminent" for Legal Ability and Ethical Standards by members of the Bar and Judiciary.

Professional Memberships

Minnesota State Bar

Publications

•Co-Author: “Franchising – Litigating the Definitional Elements” ABA Forum on Franchising October 2018.

•Co-Author: Annual Franchise and Distribution Law Developments 2013 (ABA Publishing 2013) and was a plenary session speaker on this topic at the 2013 Forum on Franchising in Orlando, Florida.

•Co-Author: “Differential Treatment of Franchisees in Tough Economic Times” ABA Forum on Franchising, October 2011.

•Co-Author: “Depositions In Franchise Cases” ABA Forum on Franchising 2008.

•Co-Author: “Zealous Advocacy or Sharp Practice?” ABA Forum on Franchising, October 2006.

•Co-Author: “Franchise Litigation—A Changing Landscape” ABA Forum on Franchising 2004.

Personal

Jeff lives in Maple Grove, Minnesota with his wife. They have three children, ages 21, 23 and 25.

Jeff is a dedicated fan of the Minnesota Timberwolves, as well as many other sports. He has been a Timberwolves season ticket holder since 1989.

Jeff was one of 20 Presidential Honors Scholars in his graduating class of around 5,000 students at the State University of New York at Buffalo (B.A. suma cum laude 1986).

Clients

Represents franchisees, dealers, and distributors in Minnesota and throughout the United States. Has represented franchisees in legal disputes involving franchises in England, Sweden and China.

Experience

Lawyer since 1989 in large firm, small firm and solo practices.

Work Highlights

Over his career, Jeff has achieved millions of dollars of settlements and awards for wronged dealers, distributors and franchisees, including significant arbitration awards for wrongfully terminated Polaris dealers and defrauded Sir Speedy franchisees.

On November 2, 2016, Jeff received a favorable jury verdict for a terminated Isuzu Truck dealer in the case Sioux Falls Kenworth, Inc. d/b/a Isuzu Trucks Of Sioux Falls v. Isuzu Commercial Truck Of America, Inc., Civil Case No. 14-cv-04187(RAL) (D.S.D. 2016). The South Dakota jury awarded $1.676 million against the Defendant, who was represented at trial by two of the most prominent defense firms in the nation. The amount of damages was remitted to $1,033,756.48 on August 18, 2017 – see Sioux Falls Kenworth, Inc. v. Isuzu Commercial Trucks of America, Inc., 2017 WL 3600404 (D.S.D. August 18, 2017) (the court also added $802,246.04 in attorneys’ fees and costs to the reduced judgment, resulting in a total judgment of $1,836,223.52).

In three career jury trials, Jeff’s client has been the prevailing party in all three.

Expert in these Jurisdictions

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Industry Sector Expertise

See “Career” section.

Languages Spoken

English

Awards

Lawyer of the Year

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2017

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Minnesota Super Lawyer

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Legal Eagle

Franchise Times

2008

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2009

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Franchise Times

2019

AV Preeminent

Martindale Hubbell

2019

Education

State University of New York at Buffalo

BA, summa cum laude

1982 - 1986

Duke University

JD, with honors

1986 - 1989