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Rachel D. Zaiger

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Rachel D. Zaiger is a partner at Dady & Gardner, where she represents franchisees, dealers, and distributors throughout the United States in their relationships with franchisors, manufacturers, and suppliers.

Before attending law school, Rachel graduated cum laude a year early from Hamline University. At Hamline, she was a student-athlete and a member of Hamline's Gymnastics team. Rachel received Hamline's Legal Research and Writing Award. Chosen to represent Hamline in Washington, D.C., as a part of the Washington Semester Program, she had the opportunity to work at Holland & Knight, LLP, and the privilege of meeting the United States Supreme Court justices.

As a top student in her Lawyering course in her first year of law school, Rachel was named a Summer Fellow. She clerked for a Minnesota District Court Judge of the Third Judicial District. She continued her law school training abroad in London, England.

Rachel graduated cum laude a semester early from Mitchell Hamline School of Law in 2018. She served as an associate editor for Mitchell Hamline Law Review and was on the Dean's Honor Roll.

Since joining Dady & Gardner, Rachel has represented clients in all stages of their relationships with their franchisors and suppliers. As a franchisee attorney, Rachel regularly reviews hundreds of franchise agreements to help prospective franchisees understand the pros and cons of the opportunity and negotiate the terms of their franchise agreements to their benefit. Rachel also advises new and existing franchisee associations.

Rachel enjoys spending time with her three daughters and husband, walking her dog, and playing the piano. Rachel is also a children's book author.



  • Mitchell Hamline School of Law, St. Paul, Minnesota
    • J.D. - 2018
    • Honors: cum laude
    • Honors: Dean's List
  • Hamline University
    • Honors: cum laude
    • Honors: Dean's List
    • Honors: Legal Research and Writing Award
    • Minor: Criminology and Criminal Justice

Bar Admission

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

Professional Associations

  • Federal Bar Association Newer Lawyers Committee, Committee Member
  • American Bar Association Forum on Franchising, Member

Published Works

  • Contracts: Between a Rock and a Hard Place – Sorchaga v. Ride Auto, LLC, Mitchell Hamline Law Review, Vol. 45 Issue 3
  • iRecorded a Private Conversation: Call Recording and the Law, Bench & Bar of Minnesota, November 2019
  • The Rise and Fall of Restrictive Covenants: Combatting Post-Termination Non-Compete Provisions and Discontinuing Non-Solicitation Provisions, American Bar Association Distribution Newsletter, Vol. 23, No. 1
  • Cross-brand Competition, Today’s Hotelier, March 2021
  • Covid-19 and Force Majeure: What Every Attorney Ought to Know, Bench & Bar of Minnesota, March 2021
  • Seeing Eye to Eye: What is a Franchisor’s Obligation to Deal with its Franchisees in Good Faith?, Today’s Hotelier, December 2021
  • Luna Lovebug, Fulton Books, ISBN-13: 9781649527370
  • What Do You Do When You’re Not Practicing Law?: Writing and Music, Hennepin Lawyer, July 2022
  • Breaking the Ice: Attorney: Take Breaks to be Your Best Self, Minnesota Lawyer, September 2022

Representative Cases

  • Mainstream Fashions Franchising, Inc. v. All These Things, LLC, 453 F. Supp. 3d 1167 (D. Minn. 2020)


  • Franchise Attorneys and Lawyers – Best Lawyers in America, Ones to Watch® in America, 2024
  • Legal Eagles – Franchise Times, 2023


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Best Lawyers | Best Law Firms | U.S. News & World Report | Franchise Law - Tier 1 | Minneapolis | 2023
2023 Franchise Times Legal Eagles