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 and Co-Chair of the 2018 ABA Forum Annual Meeting in Nashville, Tennessee, in October 2018.
Gray Plant Mooty is recognized as one of the leading corporate law firms in Minnesota and one of the top franchise firms in the world. Our roots go back to 1866. Today, we are a full-service firm with nearly 180 attorneys and offices in Minneapolis and St. Cloud, Minnesota; Washington, D.C.; and Fargo, North Dakota.