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James A. Wahl

Jim Wahl concentrates his practice on structuring, documenting, registering, and implementing franchise and distribution programs, as well as registering and protecting clients’ trademark and copyright interests.

Jim has represented franchisors for more than 25 years, providing counsel on matters including:

  • Agreements and disclosure documents for domestic and international transactions
  • Negotiating and closing franchise transactions
  • Distribution systems
  • Franchise registrations and regulatory compliance
  • Business formation
  • Growth strategies
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Technology law matters
  • General corporate and business law

Jim also assists clients in building and protecting their brand names and other intellectual property assets. He counsels clients in the selection and clearance of new trademarks; obtains federal registration of trademarks and copyrights; drafts license, confidentiality, and other agreements; and represents businesses in unfair competition, trade secret misappropriation, and infringement disputes.

Court Memberships

  • Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota

Honors

  • The International Who’s Who of Franchise Lawyers
  • The Best Lawyers in America©
  • “Legal Eagle,” Franchise Times
  • “Minnesota Super Lawyer®,” Thomson/Reuters

Professional Affiliations

  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Hennepin County Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • International Franchise Association, Legal Legislative Committee
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  • Minneapolis

    80 South Eighth Street
    500 IDS Center
    Minneapolis, MN 55402

Assistant

Linda Laurich
612.632.3352
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Education

University of Minnesota Law School, J.D., cum laude, 1985

Minnesota State University, Mankato, B.S., summa cum laude, 1978