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W. Michael Garner

Franchising Attorney at Minneapolis, MN

5.0   2 reviews

also known as William Michael Garner, Michael Garner

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Learn W.’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Franchising
    Franchise Litigation

    47 years

  2. Litigation
    Franchise Litigation

    47 years

W. Michael Garner is one of the country's leading franchise attorneys. With more than 35 years of experience as a trial lawyer, he provides franchisees and dealers the representation they need in disputes with their franchisors and suppliers. He has:


  • Stopped terminations and nonrenewals
  • Won damage awards for fraud and termination in the hundreds of millions of dollars
  • Advised people on buying franchises
  • Helped folks get out of their franchises
  • Protected franchisees when their franchise systems got bought, sold, merged or spun off
  • Formed and advised groups and associations of franchisees
  • Protected franchisees when their franchisor was trying to invade or encroach on their territory


W. Michael Garner is recognized as an authority by the U.S. Supreme Court and more than a dozen other courts. He is the author of the leading legal treatise on franchise law, has served as editor-in-chief of the American Bar Association's Franchise Law Journal, and conceived and edits the Franchise Desk Book. His publications are recognized and used as reference works for franchise attorneys across the country.

Licensed for 46 years
State MN
Status Authorized to Practice
Acquired 1997
Updated 01/24/2023
State NJ
Status Active
Acquired 1994
Updated 03/08/2023
State NY
Status Due to Register within 30 Days of Birthday
Acquired 1976
Updated 11/17/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Contact W.

Garner & Ginsburg, P.A.
222 S 9th St Ste 2930
Minneapolis, MN, 55402-3348
Garner & Ginsburg, P.A.
5030 Broadway
Suite 631
New York, NY, 10034
Garner & Ginsburg, P.A.
One Gatway Center
Suite 2600
Newark, NJ, 07102
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5.0 / 5.0
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Posted by Virainder | December 13, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
An Attorney beyond Par Excellence
I stumbled upon Mr. Michael Garner after exhausting all my options of finding a suitable attorney in Atlanta who could got me out from the evil clutches of my franchisor. I met over 100 attorneys who were willing to represent the franchisor but scared to represent a franchisee. My franchisor has changed their business model and are trying to put individual franchisees out of business or acquire them by using unfair practices. My franchisor started threatening me after being with them over 14 years to close down my business by sending the Sheriff and enforcing the non-compete. Mr. W. Michael Garner was so nice that he looked at my case for no charge and gave his honest opinion which helped me in making a decision. He taught me that business wrong is not always legally wrong. He taught me that the franchisor acts for itself and does not care what happens to the franchisee. He is so mature that he calmed me at all stages of the process where in normal course I would have gone a different direction. He helped me all the way by protecting me from making very costly mistakes which my franchisor was waiting for so that they could have the last laugh. His strategies helped us to save more than $100K and our business. Me, my wife along with our college aged daughter are indebted to him. Without his help we would have gone bankrupt and the American dream would have been shattered.
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Posted by anonymous | November 4, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommend
When an attorney is needed, it's almost always when there is a great deal of doubt, uncertainty, and anxiety. We were fortunate in that we were introduced to Mr. Garner. After trying to resolve the issue with corporate headquarters on our own with no progress, we hired Mr. Garner. We immediately appreciated Mr. Garners forthright and honest assessment. He answered all questions and concerns in a manner that was professional, courteous, and friendly. His communication style allowed us to feel that he not only understood our legal and financial position, but our emotional position as well. Very empathetic to our situation. We honestly don't have enough good things to say about Mr. Garner. He returned our phone calls and emails in a timely fashion. We never had to contact him for an update or had to ask a question twice. We feel he was very efficient with his time and fair with his billing. After working to resolve the issue with corporate, we truly felt we were fighting an uphill battle. At best, we were hoping to see 50% of our investment back, but realistically thinking 30% was the likely outcome. I don't have the words to explain how it felt when Mr. Garner called to let us know we were going to be receiving 100% of our investment. This was better than we had ever hoped and faster than we could have imagined. Hopefully you will never need the services of a franchise attorney, but should you find yourself in a situation for which there appears to be no solution, don't waste any time or create more frustration and uncertainty. Contact Mr. Garner immediately. It's a decision you won't regret.
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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Garner & Ginsburg, P.A.
  • 2010 - Present
  • Partner
  • Dady & Garner, P.A.
  • 1997 - 2010
  • Partner
  • Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis
  • 1985 - 1997
  • Associate
  • Rivkin Sherman and Levy
  • 1980 - 1984
  • Associate
  • Hughes Hubbard & Reed
  • 1976 - 1980
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  • New York University School of Law
  • J.D.
  • 1975
  • Columbia University
  • A.B.
  • 1971


  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1997 - Present
  • Hennepin County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1997 - Present
  • American Bar Association, Sections of Antitrust and Litigation Member
  • Member
  • 1976 - Present
  • American Bar Association, Forum on Franchising
  • Member
  • 1976 - Present
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1976 - Present
  • New Jersey State Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • American Bar Foundation
  • Life Member
  • N/A
  • American Bar Association, Forum on Franchising
  • Governing Committee Member
  • 1993 - 1999
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Lewis R. Rudnick LIfetime Achievement Award
  • ABA
  • 2015
  • Lawyer of the Year
  • Best Lawyers
  • 2012
  • Top 15 Franchise Lawyers in the United States
  • Chambers USA
  • 2007
  • Top 100 Legal Eagles
  • Franchise Times
  • 2006
  • Chairman's Award
  • American Association of Franchisees and Dealers
  • 2004
  • Legal Eagels
  • Franchise Times
  • 2003
  • Attorney of the Year
  • Minnesota Lawyer
  • 2000
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2000
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  • The FTC Franchise Rule - ABA
  • Prohibitions and Liabilities - Chapter 5
  • 2012
  • American Bar Association
  • Franchise Desk Book
  • 2001
  • NY Forms on Jury Instructions - Matthew Bender
  • Franchise and Distribution Agreements - Chapter 14
  • 1992
  • West
  • Franchise & Distribution Law & Practice (3 Vols.), with annual supplements
  • 1990
  • Clark Boardman Callaghnan
  • Procedural Aspects of Municipal Finance Litigation - Chapter 14 in Gelfand, State & Local Government Debt Financing, with annual supplements
  • 1986
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Speaking Engagements

  • Forum on Franchising (1986 - present)
  • Franchising
  • N/A
  • American Association of Franchisees and Dealers
  • Franchising
  • N/A
  • International Franchise Association
  • Franchising
  • N/A
  • Practicing Law Institute
  • Franchising
  • N/A
  • National Franchise Law Institute
  • Franchising
  • N/A
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"An exceptional litigation attorney whose reputation speaks for itself. Highly recommended lawyer."
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Minneapolis Franchising Lawyer W. Michael Garner
W. Michael Garner
Franchising Attorney
Minneapolis, MN
Licensed for 46 years
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