Eli Bensignor

Eli Bensignor dedicates his practice to franchise, distribution, and licensing matters. He counsels emerging and seasoned franchisors across the U.S. on day-to-day matters, including analyzing and drafting agreements and commercial contracts, advising on regulatory compliance, and filing registrations. Eli also represents buyers and sellers in mergers and acquisitions of franchise systems and multi-unit franchisees, including private equity backed deals.

At the core of Eli’s practice is his passion to assist his clients in legal decision-making processes, with real world considerations, that will help flourish their businesses. He enjoys strategically advising his clients on other potential avenues they can consider in order to achieve best case scenario outcomes. His clients span a variety of industries, including, restaurants and food services, home services, residential and commercial restoration, childcare services, janitorial and cleaning, cosmetic and medspa, and other common and niche industries.

Beyond serving his clients, Eli loves to cook and, not being a Minnesota native, he enjoys exploring the many different lakes in and around Minneapolis with his family. Since 2018, Eli volunteers for a national, nonpartisan coalition known as Election Protection, in which his role entails helping people navigate their state’s registration and voting laws on or before an election day.


  • Podcast Guest, "FranchiseU! Episode 57: Eli Bensignor," University of Louisville FranchiseU! Podcast, July 26, 2023
  • Moderator of two sessions, "State Registration Requirements Update: Insights from the Regulators," International Franchise Association Legal Symposium, May 16 and May 17, 2022
  • Moderator, "Expanding into the U.S.," International Franchise Association's Annual Convention, February 27, 2022
  • Facilitator, "Roundtables: From Brick & Mortar to Virtual," H.E.A.T. Franchise Summit, August 25-27, 2020
  • Speaker, "10 Commandments of Franchise Sales," International Franchise Exposition, New York, NY, May 2019


Client Alerts and Blog Posts


  • Selected among The Best Lawyers in America, "Ones to Watch," 2024
  • Franchise Times, "Legal Eagle," 2018-2020, 2022-2023
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  • Minneapolis

    80 South Eighth Street
    3100 IDS Center
    Minneapolis, MN 55402


Linda Laurich

Court Memberships

  • Minnesota


Villanova University School of Law, J.D.

University of Michigan, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, B.A.