Gaylen L. Knack

Gaylen Knack assists franchisors in structuring domestic and international franchise and distribution programs, and advises clients on related business and regulatory issues. He also advises clients on international trade regulation, trademark, Internet, and corporate law matters.

Gaylen’s combined 25 plus years of experience in private practice and as a franchise executive provide him with a unique understanding of the complex business and legal issues that companies face in establishing and operating franchise and other distribution systems. As vice president and general counsel at a Midwest-based, multi-concept retail franchise, Gaylen developed sales training and compliance, preferred vendor, internet, franchise renewal, operational standards, and due diligence programs that are integral to the success of expanding franchise programs.

He has authored numerous articles on such varied franchise and distribution-related topics as the use of franchisee referral networks, development through multi-unit and area development strategies, encroachment and franchise site location, cross-border/supply chain transactions, due diligence audits, and franchise advertising funds. Gaylen is a frequent lecturer, both nationally and internationally.


  • The Best Lawyers in America©, 2010–present
  • “Legal Eagles Hall of Fame,” Franchise Times
  • “Legal Eagle,” Franchise Times, 2007–present
  • Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, Franchise, 2008–present
  • Chambers Global, Franchising, Notable Practitioner, 2007–present
  • The International Who’s Who of Franchise Lawyers, 2003–2019
  • “Minnesota Super Lawyer®,” Thomson/Reuters, 2008, 2011–present
  • “North Star Lawyers,” Minnesota State Bar Association, 2016


Professional Affiliations

  • International Franchise Association, Legal/Legislative Committee
  • International Bar Association
  • American Bar Association, Forum Committee on Franchising

Community Involvement

  • Midwest Global Trade Association, member
  • Minnesota International Center, member/topic speaker

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