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Ronald K. Gardner Jr.

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Biography

Ronald K. Gardner, Jr. is a partner in Dady & Gardner, P.A., who limits his practice to franchise and distribution law. He is a 1991 magna cum laude graduate of Mankato State University, and a 1994 cum laude with honors graduate from Hamline University School of Law, where he was a member of the Hamline Law Review, and a member of the Silver Gavel Honor Society. He is a member of the Litigation Section of the American Bar Association, the American Bar Association Forum on Franchising, Minnesota State Bar Association, Hennepin County Bar Association, and the Minnesota Trial Lawyers Association. He currently serves as the membership officer on the Governing Committee of the ABA Forum on Franchising; and is a nationally recognized speaker and advocate for franchisee rights.

Education

  • Hamline University School of Law, St. Paul, Minnesota
    • J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence – 1994
    • Honors: cum laude
    • Honors: Silver Gavel Honor Society
    • Honors: With Honors
    • Law Review: Hamline University Law Review, Senior Associate, 1992 – 1994
  • Mankato State University, Mankato, Minnesota
    • B.A., Bachelor of Arts – 1991
    • Honors: cum laude
    • Honors: With Honors
    • Major: Political Science
  • University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah
    • Honors: Outstanding Debate Student
    • Major: Speech/Communication

Bar Admission

  • Minnesota, 1994
  • U.S. District Court District of Minnesota, 1994
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Michigan, 1995
  • U.S. District Court District of Nebraska, 1997
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Arkansas, 1999
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Arkansas, 1999
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Wisconsin, 2004
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois, 2004
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 2001
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit, 2001
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 2002

Published Works

  • Author, Franchising: Realities and Remedies, American Law Media (1998-2004)

Representative Cases

  • Dunafon v. Taco Bell, Bus. Fran. Guide (CCH), 1997, W.D. Mo.
  • C&B et. al. v. Ford New Holland, Bus. Fran. Guide (CCH), 1996, AAA
  • Pool Concepts, Inc. v. Watkins, Inc., 2002, D. Minn.

Honors

  • Rising Young Star of the Legal Profession (Law and Politics), 1998 - 2002
  • Minnesota SuperLawyer, 2003 - 2005
  • Hot Shots Under 40 -- The Best Franchise Lawyers Under 40 in the United States (Franchise Times), 2002
  • “Legal Eagle” by the Franchise Times
  • “Best Lawyers in America” in the field of Franchise Law, 2006 - 2020
  • Best Lawyers in America” named Ron the “Lawyer of the Year” in Franchise Law in Minneapolis, 2018 - 2019
  • Who’s Who, Ten most highly regarded franchise lawyers in North America, 2010 - 2020

Classes & Seminars

  • Instructor, Good Faith Termination, American Bar Association Forum on Franchising, 1999 to 1999
  • Instructor, Getting to Yes With Your Franchisor, AAFD National Convention, 1999 to 1999
  • Instructor, How to Find, Use and Defend Against the Expert Witness, American Bar Association, Forum on Franchising, 2000 to 2000
  • Instructor, Mapping the Contours of the Arbitration Landscape
  • Keynote Speaker, Annual Franchise & Distribution Law and Developments, American Bar Association, Forum on Franchising, 2002 to 2002
  • Instructor, The Road Warriors: Effective and Direct Cross Examinations in Franchise & Distribution Disputes, American Bar Association, Forum on Franchising, 2003 to 2003

Representative Clients

  • Franchisees
  • Dealers and Distributors
  • Agriculture
  • Construction
  • Trucking Equipment
  • Fast Food
  • Auto Parts

Professional Associations

  • American Bar Association, Member, Forum on Franchising, 1994
  • American Bar Association, Member, Steering Committee, Litigation & Dispute Resolution Division, 1999 to 2000
  • Minnesota State Bar Association, Member, 1994
  • Hennepin County Bar Association, Member
  • Minnesota Trial Lawyers Association, Member
  • American Bar Association, Director, Steering Committee, Litigation & Dispute Resolution Division, 2001 to 2003
  • American Bar Association, Member/Marketing Officer, Governing Committee, Forum on Franchising, 2003
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