Erin Conway Johnsen focuses her practice on assisting franchisees and dealers resolve their disputes with franchisors. Erin has assisted franchisees in all stages of their franchise relationships, including reviewing franchise agreements and franchise disclosure documents for prospective franchisees, drafting franchise agreement addenda, negotiating agreement changes with franchisors, and helping franchisees exit their franchise relationships as smoothly as possible.
Erin has worked with franchisees in a variety of industries, including food, fitness, medical, retail, and publishing, among others. Erin also represents clients in the craft brewery and distillery industries with a variety of business needs.
Erin is a 2012 cum laude graduate of the University of Minnesota Law School, where she served as an editor of the Minnesota Law Review, and was the recipient of the Dean's Distinguished Scholarship, the Montreville J. Brown Scholarship, and a Robina Public Policy Fellowship. During law school, she worked as a student director of the Special Education Law Clinic, and for the Board of Veterans' Appeals in Washington, D.C. She did her undergraduate work at Duke University, where she was honored on the Dean's List.
In 2013, Erin received the prestigious Rising Scholar Writing Competition Award from the American Bar Association's Forum on Franchising. Her article, "No Fair! Finding an Equitable Balance in Enforcement of Disclaimer Provisions in Franchise Agreements and Franchise Disclosure Documents," was selected as the best entry among lawyers less than four years out of law school, and was published in the Winter 2014 issue of the Franchise Law Journal.
|MN||Authorized to Practice||2012||10/17/2021|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Chair's Award for Substantial Written Work or Presentation||American Bar Association, Forum on Franchising||2016|
|Rising Scholar Award||American Bar Association, Forum on Franchising||2013|
|Partner||Garner & Ginsburg, P.A.||2017 - Present|
|Associate attorney||Garner & Ginsburg, P.A.||2012 - 2016|
|Government Benefits Attorney||Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid||2012 - 2013|
|Intern||Board Of Veterans' Appeals||2011 - 2011|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Barley's Angels Twin Cities||Membership Coordinator||2015 - Present|
|American Bar Association, Forum on Franchising||N/A||2012 - Present|
|American Bar Association||N/A||2012 - Present|
|American Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division||N/A||2012 - Present|
|Franchise Law Journal (ABA)||Surviving the Tempest: Franchisees in the Brave New World of Joint Employers and $15 Now||2016|
|Franchise Law Journal (ABA)||No Fair! Finding an Equitable Balance in Enforcement of Disclaimer Provisions in Franchise Agreements and Franchise Disclosure Documents||2014|
|University of Minnesota Law School||JD - Juris Doctor||2012|
|Duke University||BA - Bachelor of Arts||2008|
|Forum on Franchising||Franchisee Associations to the Rescue – Using Associations and Advisory Councils to Avoid Joint Employer Risk and Enhance the Brand||2017|
|Cold Climate Conference||Cidery Laws and Regulations||2016|
|Modernizing Your Franchise Documents to Address Recent Developments that Affect Franchise Systems||Developments in Franchise Law||2016|
|Midwest Craft Brewers Conference||Legal Issues for Craft Brewers||2015|
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