Kirk Reilly

Principal, Franchise & Distribution Co-Chair
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Principal, Franchise & Distribution Co-Chair
Direct: 612.632.3305
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Kirk Reilly is a trial lawyer, cochair of the 30-member Franchise & Distribution practice group, and is the Best Lawyers in America’s 2013 “Franchise Lawyer of the Year” for Minneapolis. Kirk has represented franchisors in litigation since 1983 and has tried cases involving the franchise relationship, earnings claims, fraud, breach of contract, advertising funds, encroachment, false advertising, liquidated damages and vicarious liability before judges, juries, and arbitration panels across the United States. In addition, he has also successfully tried employment, wrongful death, professional negligence, and toxic tort cases before Minnesota juries. Kirk is certified as a civil trial specialist by the National Board of Trial Advocacy (NBTA) and the Minnesota State Bar Association Civil Trial Certification Council, and was awarded the Certified Franchise Executive™ designation by the International Franchise Association.

Experience

  • Neil Ivesdal v. Three Rivers Hospitality, LLC, No. 1:12-CV-073 (D.N.D. Dec. 6, 2012) (court grants partial summary judgment to hotel management company dismissing plaintiff’s claims for breach of contract, breach of the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing, and negligence)
  • Erin Andrews v. Marriott International, Inc. et al., No. 10-L-8186 (Cook County Circuit Court, IL, August 28, 2012) (court grants franchisor’s motion to dismiss on forum non conveniens grounds)
  • Dilsa Garcia et al v. Radisson Plaza Hotel San Jose Airport, et al., 109CV147574 (Santa Clara County Superior Court, CA June 29, 2012) (court awards summary judgment to franchisor dismissing plaintiffs’ vicarious liability claims of sexual harassment, discrimination, retaliation and sexual assault)
  • Country Inns & Suites By Carlson, Inc. v. Harkison Corp., et al., 10-CV-0740 (PJS/FLN) (D. Minn. June 9, 2011) (court grants motion for sanctions due to defendants’ failure to respond to overdue discovery and participate in the civil trial process and orders judgment against defendants in excess of $177,000)
  • Vivian Sacia et al. v. Carlson Holdings, Inc. d/b/a Radisson Hotel LaCrosse et al., 9-CV-852 (La Crosse County Circuit Court, WI, March 15, 2011) (Court grants defendant’s motion for summary judgment dismissing plaintiff’s personal injury claims against Radisson Hotel LaCrosse)
  • Radisson Hotels International, Inc. v. KaanAm, LLC, et al., 09-CV-15M5 (PJS/JJK) (D. Minn. January 11, 2011) (Court awards summary judgment to franchisor on its claims for liquidated damages in excess of $307,000 [plus attorneys' fees])
  • Eileen Briggs et al. v. Carlson Hotels Management Corporation, et al., 07-CV-0653 (LaCrosse County Circuit Court, WI December 8, 2010) (court grants motion for sanctions dismissing plaintiffs’ personal injury claims against the Radisson Hotel LaCrosse due to discovery violations)
  • Lisa Reider v. Radisson Hotels International, Inc. and Carlson Hotels Worldwide, Inc., 08-CV-2328-H (WMC) (S.D.Cal. March 8, 2010) (court awards summary judgment dismissing plaintiffs’ claims for injuries allegedly suffered at the Radisson Hotel Narita, Japan—holding that Carlson’s Asian subsidiary is not an agent of the defendant parent corporations)
  • Country Inns & Suites By Carlson, Inc. v. Nayan, LLC and Ravindra Patel, 1:08-cv-624-SEB-DML (S. D. Ind. June 9, 2009) (court awards summary judgment to franchisor on its claims for liquidated damages in excess of $387,000 and awards $81,000 in attorneys’ fees)
  • Country Inns & Suites By Carlson, Inc. v. Interstate Properties, LLC, No. 08-16850, (United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, May 12, 2009) (appellate court affirms trial court’s award of summary judgment to franchisor enforcing liquidated damages clause)
  • Country Inns & Suites By Carlson, Inc. v. Nayan, LLC and Ravindra Patel, 1:08-cv-624-SEB-DML (S. D. Ind. October 28, 2008) (court grants motion for preliminary injunction forcing former franchisee to cease use of marks and de-identify hotel)
  • Country Inns & Suites By Carlson, Inc. v. Interstate Properties, LLC, cv-00104-JA-DAB (M.D. Fla. July 16, 2008) (summary judgment for franchisor in excess of $340,000 [plus attorneys’ fee] determining that liquidated damages provision enforceable)
  • Radisson Hotels International, Inc. v. Olde Hampton Hotel Associates, et al., Civ. No. 4:07cv64 (E.D. Va. January 15, 2008) (defendants' motion to dismiss denied—individual partnerships liable to franchisor for breach of contract)
  • Radisson Hotels International, Inc. v. Majestic Towers, Inc., cv 06-4956 SVW (RCx) (C.D. Cal. Jan. 25, 2007) (summary judgment for franchisor in excess of $1 million determining that liquidated damages provision enforceable and calling continued vitality of Postal Instant Press v. Sealy decision into question)
  • William F. Healy and Red Carpet Travel v. Carlson Travel Network Associates, Inc., 227 F. Supp. 2d 1080 (D. Minn. 2002) (summary judgment dismissing franchisee claims)
  • William E. Cisson, et al. v. Carlson Travel Network Associates, Inc., Civ. No. 6: 01-3243-24 (D. S.C. Dec. 26, 2001) (motion to transfer case to Minnesota granted; forum selection clause enforced)
  • Country Inns & Suites by Carlson, Inc. v. Two H.O. Partnership, et al., No. 01-cv-1214, 2001 WL 1587903 (D. Minn. Nov. 19, 2001) (injunction against former franchisee enforcing post-termination de-identification requirements)
  • Drolett Travel, Inc. v. Carlson Travel Associates, Inc., No. 5:97-CV-180 (W.D. Mich. June 22, 1998) (summary judgment dismissing franchisee claims)
  • Cimarron Partners I v. Choice Hotels Franchising, Inc., Civ. No. 98-1751 (JRT/FLN) (D. Minn. Dec. 29, 1998) (order enforcing arbitration clause; franchisee’s claims dismissed)
  • Gaga Rani Corp. v. Choice Hotels Franchising, Inc., Civ. No. 98-1914/RHK/JMM (D. Minn. Nov. 16, 1998) (order enforcing arbitration clause; franchisee’s claims dismissed)
  • The Barbers, Hairstyling for Men & Women, Inc. v. Lela Bishop, 132 F.3d 1203 (7th Cir. 1997) (7th Circuit reverses trial court and orders that putative class action be dismissed and arbitration clauses enforced)
  • Novus du Quebec, Inc. v. Novus Franchising, Inc., Bus. Franchise Guide (CCH) ¶10,823 (D. Minn. 1995) (franchisee’s motion for preliminary injunction denied; franchisor’s termination of area development agreement allowed to proceed)
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