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Jeffery S. Haff

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Practice Areas:

  • Franchise Law



  • Duke University School of Law, Durham, North Carolina
    • J.D. - 1989
    • Honors: With Honors
  • State University of New York at Buffalo, Buffalo, New York
    • B.A. - 1986
    • Honors: summa cum laude
    • Honors: Phi Beta Kappa, Presidential Honors Scholar
    • Major: Communication

Bar Admission

  • Minnesota, 1989
  • U.S. District Court District of Minnesota, 1989

Published Works

  • Co-Presenter: Focusing On the Bottom Line: Managing Costs and Driving Value When Resolving Franchise Disputes (2020)
  • Co-Presenter: “FRANCHISING–LITIGATING THE DEFINITIONAL ELEMENTS,” Annual ABA Forum on Franchising (2018).
  • Co-Author: Annual Franchise and Distribution Law Developments 2013 (ABA Publishing 2013) and was a plenary session speaker on this topic at the 2013 Forum on Franchising in Orlando, Florida.
  • Co-Author: “Differential Treatment of Franchisees in Tough Economic Times” ABA Forum on Franchising, October 2011.
  • Thinking Outside the Franchise Law Box: Is Our Area of Law Special? Should It Be? 20 Franchise L.J. 101, 132 (Winter 2001). (Co-author with Nancy L. Lochner).
  • Co-Author: Depositions In Franchise Cases, ABA Forum on Franchising 2008.
  • Co-Author: Zealous Advocacy or Sharp Practice? ABA Forum on Franchising, October 2006.
  • Co-Author: Franchise Litigation—A Changing Landscape. ABA Forum on Franchising 2004.
  • Co-Author: Franchisee Non-Payment of Fees: Underreporting, “Royalty Strikes” and Related Issues. ABA Forum on Franchising 2000.
  • Co-Author: Lost at Sea: Avoiding and Addressing Wrongful Termination of Your Franchise, AFA Legal Symposium, 2000.
  • Co-Author: Nine Holes Was More Than Enough—How Franchisees Can Get Away From Systems That Give Them No Value, AFA Legal Symposium, 1999.
  • Author: How the SBFA Would Affect Franchising: The Franchisee’s View, 5 Leader’s Franchising Business and Law Alerts No. 11 (August 1999).

Representative Cases

  • Sioux Falls Kenworth, Inc. v. Isuzu Commercial Trucks of America, Inc., 2017 WL 3600404 (D.S.D. August 18, 2017)
  • FECO, Ltd. v. Highway Equipment Co., Inc., 2010 WL 5394727 (Iowa App. Dec. 22, 2010)
  • Town & Country Equipment, Inc. v. Deere & Company, Inc., 133 F. Supp.2d 665 (W.D. Tenn. 2000)
  • Zitco, Inc., v. BASF, Inc., Business Franchise Guide, 1999, D. Minn.
  • Heck Implement, Inc. v. Deere & Co., 926 F. Supp. 138, 1996, W.D. Mo., 1996117699
  • Metro All Snax, Inc, vs. All Snax Inc., 1996, D. Minn.
  • Prudential Real Estate Affiliates, Inc. v. Prudential Long Island Realty, Inc., Business Franchise Guide, 1995, C.D. Cal.
  • Expedition League, Inc. v. Badlands Big Sticks Baseball Club, LLC et al., South Dakota Circuit Court Case No.: 51Civ22-150,


  • Best Lawyers in America named him “Lawyer of the Year” for Minneapolis franchise lawyers, 2017
  • Minnesota “Super Lawyer”, every year since 2002
  • “Legal Eagle” by Franchise Times for 20 years
  • “AV Preeminent” lawyer for over 20 years and recently receiving the prestigious “AV Preeminent Judicial Edition” award from Martindale-Hubbell

Past Positions

  • Oppenheimer Wolff & Donnelly, Attorney, 1989 to 1995
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