Ronald K. Gardner, Jr.

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Top Rated Franchise & Dealership Attorney in Minneapolis, MN

Dady & Gardner, P.A.
 | 5100 IDS Center, Minneapolis, MN 55402
Phone: 612-359-9000
Fax: 612-359-3507
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2002 - 2020
Selected To Rising Stars: 1998 - 1999, 2001 - 2002
Licensed Since: 1994
Practice Areas:
  • Franchise/Dealership (80%),
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (10%),
  • Business Litigation (10%)
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    Through his position as managing partner of the Dady & Gardner, P.A., law firm in Minneapolis, Minnesota, franchise attorney Ronald K. Gardner, Jr. has helped make the firm one of the nation's leading legal practices in the area of franchise law.

    Serving clients throughout Minnesota as well as across the United States, Ron has achieved unprecedented success representing the rights and interests of franchisees, as well as dealers and distributors, with their complex disputes involving issues with their suppliers, franchisers and manufacturers. 

    Ron is seen as the "premier franchisee" lawyer in the nation representing franchisee asssociations in their relations with his clients' franchisors.  He represnts dozens of national and international francisee associations, including the associations of some of the largest and most well-known brands in the world, as well as many small start-up associations.

    A highly effective negotiator, Ron strives to resolve his clients' conflicts through negotiation and mediation; however, he is also a renowned trial attorney who will not hesitate to fight on behalf of his clients in court or arbitration when necessary. Through his efforts, he has received numerous awards and honors throughout his career, including recognition as one of the nation's top franchise law attorneys by various peer review publications and organizations, and he holds an AV Preeminent peer review rating* from Martindale-Hubbell.

    A 1991 magna cum laude graduate of Minnesota State University, Mankato, Ron attended the Hamline University School of Law, obtaining his Juris Doctor, cum laude, in 1994. 

    Active in his legal community, Ron holds the distinction of being the first franchisee lawyer to serve as chair for the American Bar Association Forum on Franchising.  He is also a member of the American Association of Franchisees & Dealers, which bestowed upon him the Total Quality Franchising Chairman’s Award in 2017.

    Extremely well-versed in his practice areas, he is one of only four franchisee representives on the the North American Securities Administrators Association Special Franchise Project Group.

    *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
    • 80%Franchise/Dealership
    • 10%Alternative Dispute Resolution
    • 10%Business Litigation
    Focus Areas

    Trade Secret, Non-Compete Agreements


    Selected to Super Lawyers for 19 yearsmiddle-imageSelected to Rising Stars for 4 years

    Super Lawyers: 2002 - 2020 Rising Stars: 1998 - 1999, 2001 - 2002

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    About Ronald Gardner, Jr.

    Admitted: 1994, Minnesota

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    • Distinguished Alumnus, Hamline University School of Law, 2010
    • Recognized as one of the ten most highly regarded franchise lawyers in North America, Who’s Who
    • Total Quality Franchising Chairman’s Award for Distinguished Service to the Franchising Community, The American Association of Franchisees and Dealers (AAFD), 2017
    • Named as one of the “Best Lawyers in America” in the field of Franchise Law every year since 2006
    • Named one of Minnesota’s top 100 “Super Lawyers” by Law & Politics magazine
    • Named as Lawyer of the Year, Best Lawyers in America, 2014-2015
    • “Legal Eagle” by the Franchise Times

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Member, Minnesota Bar Association
    • Division Director of the Forum’s Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution Division
    • North American Securities Administers’ Association Special Franchise Project Group
    • Member, American Bar Association
    • Member, Rice County Bar Association
    • American Association of Franchisees and Dealers
    • Past Chair of the ABA Forum on Franchising
    • Member, Hennepin County Bar Association
    • Co-Chair of the 2005 Orlando Forum

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Annual Forum on Franchising, Speaker
    • National Convention of the American Association of Franchisees and Dealers, Speaker
    • International Franchise Association, Speaker
    • International Bar Association, Speaker
    • International Distribution Institute, Speaker

    Educational Background:

    • Mankato State University, magna cum laude, 1991 
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    Office Location for Ronald K. Gardner, Jr.

    5100 IDS Center
    Minneapolis, MN 55402

    Phone: 612-359-9000

    Fax: 612-359-3507

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    Last Updated: 5/28/2020

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