About W. Michael Garner
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:
Michael has also established many legal precedents expanding the rights of franchisees, including:
Author of Franchise and Distribution Law and Practice
Michael is the author of Franchise and Distribution Law and Practice, a three-volume legal treatise described by the American Bar Association's Business Lawyer as the work that "eclipses the literature previously available . . . in the realm of franchising."
He served as the editor-in-chief of the American Bar Association's Franchise Law Journal from 1988 to 1993, and authored the New York forms of jury instructions on franchise law.
He is also editor of the Franchise Desk Book, a leading reference work for franchise lawyers published by the ABA. His articles for franchisees have appeared in Entrepreneur and Franchise UPDATE, and he has been quoted by The Wall Street Journal, New York Times and Business Week. He served for six years on the Governing Committee of the ABA Forum on Franchising. Click here to see a comprehensive list of Michael’s publications. »
The Ultimate Legal Professional
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
Best Lawyers in America
Selected as one of the Top 15 Franchise Lawyers in the United States. Chambers USA, 2007 (an international ranking service)
Attorney of the Year
Minnesota Lawyer – 2000
Top 100 Legal Eagles –
Franchise Times, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
Super Lawyers TOP 5% –
Rated Top 5% of practicing attorneys in Minnesota.
American Association of Franchisees and Dealers, 2004
Fellow of the American Bar Foundation – a group representing only 5 percent of attorneys admitted to practice throughout the United States -- 1996 – present.