J. Michael Dady

Top rated Franchise & Dealership attorney in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Dady & Gardner, P.A.
J. Michael Dady
Dady & Gardner, P.A.

Practice Areas: Franchise & Dealership, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Personal Injury; view more

Licensed in Minnesota since: 1975

Education: University of Minnesota Law School

Selected to Super Lawyers: 1994 - 2023

Dady & Gardner, P.A.

80 South Eighth Street
#5100 IDS Center
Minneapolis, MN 55402 Visit website


J. Michael Dady is the founding partner of Dady & Gardner, P.A., in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Mr. Dady is a prominent franchise attorney and represents franchisees, dealers and distributors throughout the country. 

Mr. Dady has over 45 years of legal experience and is consistently recognized as a top attorney within the franchise industry. Over the course of his career, he has been involved in many significant franchise cases and successfully litigated complex cases on behalf of dealers and franchisees. 

Honoring his accomplishments, the Franchise Times has included Mr. Dady on its list of the top 100 franchise lawyers in the United States. He is also listed in “The Best Lawyers in America” and is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. The publication Minnesota Lawyer named him one of its 10 “Attorneys of the Year” in 2000.

Serving his local and professional communities, Mr. Dady sits on the board of the C.M. Russell Museum and belongs to the national advisory council of the American Creativity Association. He is a former board member of the Minnesota Association for Justice and the American Bar Association Forum of Franchising and sits on the Franchise Handbook board of advisors.

Committed to continuing legal education, Mr. Dady is a former adjunct professor at the University of St. Thomas Institute for Franchise Management, now known as the Opus College of Business. He regularly writes and speaks on franchise law topics for various groups and organizations. 

In 1971, Mr. Dady earned a bachelor’s degree in government from Saint John’s University in Collegeville, Minnesota. He received his law degree from the University of Minnesota Law School. He holds licenses to practice law in Minnesota and South Dakota and before the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota.

Practice areas

Franchise/Dealership, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff

Focus areas

Arbitration, Mediation, Personal Injury - Defense, Personal Injury - Plaintiff

  • 80% Franchise/Dealership
  • 10% Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • 10% Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff

First Admitted: 1975, Minnesota

Professional Webpage: https://www.dadygardner.com/attorney/dady-j-michael/

Educational Background:
  • St John’s University, Collegeville, Minnesota, B.S., Bachelor of Science, Major: Government, 1971
Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • Civil Trial Specialist, Minnesota
  • Nationally Certified Trial Lawyer, National Board of Trial Advocacy
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • The Franchise Handbook, Member, Board of Advisors 
  • American Bar Association's Forum on Franchising, Past Member, National Governing Committee
  • Minnesota Trial Lawyers Association, Past Member, Board of Directors
  • National Advisory Council of the American Creativity Association
  • American Creativity Association, Past Member, Board of Directors
  • St. John's University, Former President, Alumni Association
  • St. John's University, Chairman, Board of Regents, 1992-1995
  • South Dakota, 1983
  • U.S. District Court District of Minnesota, 1976
  • Minnesota, 1975
  • Board of Directors of the C.M. Russell Museum of Western Art.
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Children's Heart Link, Past Member, Board of Directors
  • Former Chair of the Board of Directors of Catholic Charities of St. Paul and Minneapolis
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Lecturer, Mini-MBA in Franchise Management, University of St. Thomas Graduate School of Business, 1999
  • Lecturer, Institute For Franchise Management, University of St. Thomas Graduate School of Business, 1998, 1999
  • Former Adjunct Professor at the University of St. Thomas Institute for Franchise Management
  • Speaker, Forum on Franchising, American Bar Association
  • Speaker, Distribution and Dealer Termination, The National Law Journal
  • Speaker, American Bar Association, National Franchise Law Institute
  • Speaker, International Franchise Association's Legal Symposium
  • Opening and Closing Arguments for the Case of Koeppe v. Philbrick, in "Persuasive Trial Arguments", Minnesota Trial Lawyers Association, 1991
  • Appellate Brief, Art of Advocacy, Mathew Bender, 1991
  • Underinsured Motorist Coverage, Contractor, December, 1988
  • Manufacturer/Dealer Relationships: The Present State of the Law, Contractor, February, 1989
  • "Evaluating the Termination Decision, Common Law and Dealer Statute Considerations" in Corporate Counsel's Guide to Distribution Counseling, Business Laws, Inc., 1998
  • TCBY Systems, Inc v. RSP Company, Inc., 1994 WL 460804, 1994, 8th Cir., 1994175711
  • Wadena Implement Co. v . John Deere & Co. Inc., 480 N.W.2d 383, 1992, Minn. Ct. App., 1992030849
  • Lano Equipment Inc. v. Clark Equipment Company, 399 N.W.2d 694, 1987, Minn. Ct. App., 1987013505
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • Identified by the Minnesota Journal of Law Politics, as one of Minnesota's Super Lawyers
  • Recognized by his Minnesota lawyer peers as one of Minnesota’s Top 100 Super Lawyers from among its more than 29,000 lawyers
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • Selected by the Minnesota Lawyer as one of its ten “Attorneys of the Year” for the year 2000

Office location for J. Michael Dady

80 South Eighth Street
#5100 IDS Center
Minneapolis, MN 55402

Phone: 612-464-9199

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