Michael D. Madigan

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Business Litigation Attorney in Minneapolis, MN

Madigan, Dahl & Harlan, P.A.
 | Campbell Mithun Tower, 222 South Ninth Street, Suite 3150
Minneapolis, MN 55402
Phone: 612-503-9250
Fax: 612-604-2599
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2003 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1981
Practice Areas:
  • Business Litigation (40%),
  • Franchise/Dealership (30%),
  • General Litigation (30%)
Attorney Profile

As managing shareholder at Madigan, Dahl & Harlan, P.A., Michael D. Madigan represents clients in legal matters of administrative law, alcohol beverage law and litigation, antitrust, business law, commercial law, distribution and franchise law and litigation, construction law, alternative dispute litigation, employment law, and environmental law. Located in Minneapolis, Minnesota, he also represents those throughout the state and across the nation.

In 1976, he graduated from Hampshire College with a Bachelor of Arts with a major in political science, then went on to William Mitchell College of Law, where he obtained a Juris Doctor in 1981 and graduated with honors. Mr. Madigan was also an adjunct professor at his alma mater and a member of the William Mitchell Law Review when he was in law school. For his commitment to legal ethics and professional accomplishments, he earned the highest peer rating possible of AV Preeminent* from Martindale-Hubbell.

Mr. Madigan is admitted to practice in Minnesota; Wisconsin; the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota; the U.S Court of Appeals for the 1st, 4th, 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th Circuits; and the U.S. Supreme Court. A fellow for the Litigation Counsel of America, he was also included in The Best Lawyers in America’s 20th edition in franchise law.

A member of the American Bar Association, the Minnesota Statewide ADR Neutrals Roster, the Complex Commercial Panel for the American Arbitration Association, the Minnesota State Bar Association and the Hennepin County Bar Association, Mr. Madigan is also actively involved in many pro bono activities. He has worked with the Metropolitan Airports Commission, the AirSpace Minnesota Board, the Woodbury City Council, the South Washington Watershed District Board, the Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy, the Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute Board and the Woodbury Planning Commission.

* AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Business Litigation (40%)

Franchise/Dealership (30%)

General Litigation (30%): Litigation

Focus Areas



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Super Lawyers: 2003 - 2019

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About Michael Madigan

Admitted: 1981, Minnesota

Professional Webpage: https://www.mdh-law.com/Attorneys/Michael-D-Madigan.shtml


  • Selected for inclusion in the 20th Edition of the Best Lawyers in America, in the practice area of Franchise Law  
  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America, 2012 - Present
  • "Super Lawyer" by Minnesota Law & Politics, Minneapolis St. Paul Magazine, and Twin Cities Business Monthly for 14 years
  • AV rated lawyer by Martindale Hubbell for 24 years

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 2013
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit, 2011
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 1st Circuit, 2009
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 2008
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit, 2008
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2004
  • Wisconsin, 1997
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit, 1984
  • U.S. District Court District of Minnesota, 1981
  • Minnesota, 1981
  • Minnesota Statewide ADR Neutrals Roster, 1995 - Present  
  • Complex Commercial Panel, American Arbitration Association, Arbitrator & Mediator, 1995 - Present
  • Franchising and Environmental Law Sections
  • Minnesota Bar Association, Litigation, Member
  • Hennepin County Bar Association, Member
  • American Bar Association, Litigation Section, Member

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Sigurd Olsen Environmental Institute Board, 1992 - 1995  
  • Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy Board, 1990 - 2002
  • Woodbury Planning Commission, 1997 - 1999
  • Woodbury City Council, 1999 - 2006
  • AirSpace Minnesota Board, 2012 - Present
  • South Washington Watershed Board, 2007 - Present
  • Metropolitan Airports Commission, 2011 - Present

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Numerous Alcohol Beverage Law Seminars, Center for Alcohol Policy, National Beer Wholesalers Association, and many State Beer Wholesalers Associations  
  • Numerous Franchise Seminars, National Beer Wholesalers Association and State Beer Wholesalers Associations

Educational Background:

  • Hampshire College, Amherst, Massachusetts, B.A., Major: Political Science, 1976
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Office Location for Michael D. Madigan

Campbell Mithun Tower
222 South Ninth Street, Suite 3150
Minneapolis, MN 55402

Phone: 612-503-9250

Fax: 612-604-2599

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Last Updated: 1/17/2019

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