Michael R. Gray

Principal
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Direct: 612.632.3078

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Mike Gray represents companies and individuals in trial, arbitration, and other civil proceedings throughout the United States. As a member of the firm’s Franchise and Distribution practice group, Mike is lead litigation counsel for several national franchise companies and has litigated, arbitrated, and mediated complex commercial cases in over 37 states involving all aspects of the franchise relationship with a particular expertise in noncompete enforcement.

Mike is experienced in successfully guiding clients through the dispute resolution process, whether through trial, appeal, arbitration, mediation, or negotiation. For individuals and business clients, Mike provides counsel on a wide range of issues including employment law, contract disputes, protection and exploitation of intellectual property, trade secret protection, licensing, product liability, and distributor relations.

Mike has written and presented materials on franchise, litigation, and intellectual property topics for the American Bar Association, the International Franchise Association, St. Thomas University, the Minnesota Institute of Legal Education, the Business Law Institute, the Practising Law Institute, and the American Intellectual Property Law Association. In recognition of his industry-leading expertise in the area of franchise law, Mike was elected to the Governing Committee of the American Bar Association’s Forum on Franchising, where he also serves as finance officer.

Experience

  • Outdoor Lighting Perspectives Franchising, Inc. v. Perlmutter, et al, 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 53583 (W.D.N.C. 2012) (injunction enforcing post-expiration noncompete agreement against former franchisees)
  • Outdoor Lighting Perspectives Franchising, Inc. v. Home Amenities, Inc., et al, 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 5406 (W.D.N.C. 2012) (injunction enforcing post-expiration noncompete agreement against former franchisees)
  • Holtan Holdings, Inc. v. American Pie Pizza and Salads, Inc., 2010 U.S. Dist. Lexis 112353 (D. Minn. 2010) (defendant’s motion to dismiss complaint granted)
  • Cleveland v. AmeriSpec, Bus. Franchise Guide (CCH) 14,267 (Fla. Cir. Ct. 2009) (summary judgment dismissing franchisee claims)
  • AmeriSpec v. Psaris, Bus. Franchise Guide (CCH) 14,234 (W. Tenn. 2009) (injunction enforcing post-termination noncompete agreement after half-day court trial)
  • HomeTask Handyman Services, Inc. v. Cooper, 2007 WL 3228459, Bus. Franchise Guide (CCH) 13,767 (W.D. Wash. 2007) (injunction enforcing modified noncompete agreement against former franchisee)
  • ServiceMaster v. Hooker, et al, Bus. Franchise Guide (CCH) 13,457 (W.D. Tenn. 2006) (injunction enforcing post-termination noncompete agreement against former franchisee and other nonsignatories after two-day court trial)
  • Merry Maids v. WWJD Enterprises, Inc., Bus. Franchise Guide (CCH) 13, 383 (D. Neb. 2006) (injunction enforcing post-expiration noncompete agreement against former franchisee and other nonsignatories after two-day court trial)
  • Nolan v. HCX Salons International, LLC, Bus. Franchise Guide (CCH) 13,049 (D. Minn. 2005) (order enforcing arbitration clause; franchisee’s claims dismissed)
  • Ross v. Culver Franchising System, Inc., 2004 WL 1898235 (N.D. Ill., Aug. 16, 2004) (summary judgment dismissing franchisee claims)
  • BTX Enterprises, Inc. v. The Terminix International Co., L.P. Case No. 2:02-CV-860 (S.D. Ohio 2004) (unanimous verdict in favor of franchisor after two week jury trial).
  • Furniture Medic v. Jantzen, Bus. Franchise Guide (CCH) 12,749 (D. Az. 2003) (permanent injunction enforcing post-term noncompete agreement after three-day court trial)
  • D&J Master Clean, Inc. v. The ServiceMaster Company, 181 F. Supp. 2d 821 (S.D. Ohio 2002) (denial of request for preliminary injunction against franchisor after two-day court trial)
  • AmeriSpec v. Metro Inspection Services, Inc., Bus. Franchise Guide (CCH) 12,130 (N.D. Tex. 2001) (injunction enforcing post-termination noncompete agreement)
  • ServiceMaster v. Proctor, Bus. Franchise Guide (CCH) 12,251, 12,252 (D. Neb. 2001) (injunction enforcing post-termination noncompete agreement after two-day court trial)
  • Shade’s Landing, Inc. v. Williams, 76 F. Supp. 2d 983 (D. Minn. 1999) (denial of injunction in domain name dispute)
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