Michael D. Madigan

Top rated Business Litigation attorney in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Madigan, Dahl & Harlan, P.A.
Michael D. Madigan
Madigan, Dahl & Harlan, P.A.

Practice Areas: Business Litigation, Franchise & Dealership, General Litigation; view more

Licensed in Minnesota since: 1981

Education: William Mitchell College of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 1997, 2000 - 2023

Madigan, Dahl & Harlan, P.A.

33 South 6th St
Suite 3675
Minneapolis, MN 55402 Visit website


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 has been included in The Best Lawyers in America’s since the 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.  He is currently Treasurer of Minnesota Trout Unlimited.

* 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

Business Litigation, Franchise/Dealership, General Litigation

Focus areas


  • 40% Business Litigation
  • 30% Franchise/Dealership
  • 30% General Litigation

First Admitted: 1981, Minnesota

Professional Webpage: https://www.mdh-law.com/attorney/madigan-michael-d/

  • AV rated lawyer by Martindale Hubbell for 24 years
  • Selected for inclusion in the 20th Edition of the Best Lawyers in America, in the practice area of Franchise Law  
  • "Super Lawyer" by Minnesota Law & Politics, Minneapolis St. Paul Magazine, and Twin Cities Business Monthly for 14 years
  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America, 2011 - Present
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
Educational Background:
  • Hampshire College, Amherst, Massachusetts, B.A., Major: Political Science, 1976
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit, 2008
  • Arbitrator & Mediator, Complex Commercial Panel, American Arbitration Association, 1994
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit, 1984
  • Hennepin County Bar Association, Member
  • Complex Commercial Panel, American Arbitration Association, Arbitrator & Mediator, 1995 - Present
  • Minnesota, 1981
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 1st Circuit, 2009
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit, 2011
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2004
  • Franchising and Environmental Law Sections
  • American Bar Association, Litigation Section, Member
  • U.S. District Court District of Minnesota, 1981
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 2013
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 2008
  • Minnesota Bar Association, Litigation, Member
  • Minnesota Statewide ADR Neutrals Roster, 1995 - Present  
  • Wisconsin, 1997
Other Outstanding Achievements:
  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America, 2014
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Minnesota Trout Unlimited, State Council Treasurer, 2019
  • AirSpace Minnesota Board, 2012 - Present
  • Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy Board, 1990 - 2002
  • South Washington Watershed Board, 2007 - Present
  • Woodbury Planning Commission, 1997 - 1999
  • Metropolitan Airports Commission, 2011 - 2019
  • Woodbury City Council, 1999 - 2006
  • Sigurd Olsen Environmental Institute Board, 1992 - 1995  

Office location for Michael D. Madigan

33 South 6th St
Suite 3675
Minneapolis, MN 55402

Phone: 612-503-9250


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  • Super Lawyers: 1997, 2000 - 2023

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