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Ryan R. Palmer

Ryan Palmer serves domestic and international clients across the restaurant, hospitality, retail, and service sectors. He counsels brand and concept owners in the development of franchise and distribution systems and helps businesses resolve disputes with franchisees and licensees. Ryan’s multi-unit retail experience includes representing clients in refranchising and franchise finance transactions and in the sale and acquisition of franchised brands. Ryan advises clients on a wide range of franchise finance transactions and represents lenders in franchise transactions.

Ryan helps clients build and protect their brand through the strategic use of copyrights, trademarks, and trade secrets. He has reviewed and cleared hundreds of federal trademarks and assists clients in policing and defending their intellectual property assets. Clients rely on Ryan as an outsourced general counsel to provide day-to-day advice on all aspects of business law, including sales, acquisitions, contract review and drafting, and corporate and shareholder matters.

Ryan is also a member of the adjunct faculty at the University of St. Thomas School of Law, where he teaches negotiations and mergers & acquisitions.

Court Memberships

  • Minnesota

Honors

  • “Legal Eagle,” Franchise Times, 2010-2019
  • "Top Franchise Legal Player," 1851 Franchise, 2018
  • “Minnesota Rising Star,” Thomson Reuters

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association: Business Section – Forum on Franchising
  • Minnesota Bar Association
  • Hennepin County Bar Association

Publications

  • “Innovative Funding Options,” podcast guest, Food Service Radio, February 15, 2016
  • “Franchising Your Restaurant,” podcast guest, Food Service Radio, October 3, 2012
  • “Good Question: What Can We Legally Share on-Line?” WCCO-TV, March 19, 2012
  • “Middle Ground: Taking a New Approach to Old Franchisor Problems,” Franchise Times, October 2011
  • “Eight Common Questions About Royalty Audits,” Franchising World, October 2011
  • “Improving the Franchise System: Understanding Franchisee Profitability,” IFA Legal Symposium, May 2010
  • “Troubled Franchisees: Franchisor to the Rescue?” Franchising World, September 2009
  • “Strategies to Assist Distressed Franchisees,” IFA Legal Symposium, May 2009
  • “Gift Cards: Take Care to Follow Some Tough Rules,” Franchise Times, April 2008
  • “When is it Time to Change Management?” Franchising World, January 2008

Presentations

  • "Introduction to Third-Party Delivery,” panelist, Food On Demand Virtual Workshop, webinar, June 13, 2018
  • “Franchise 2.0: Tools for Taking Your Franchise Model to the Next Level,” co-presenter, International Franchise Expo, New York, NY, May 31, 2018
  • “Legal/Liability/Finance Landmines,” panelist, Food on Demand Conference, Dallas, TX, March 20, 2018
  • “10 Commandments of Franchise Sales,” presenter, International Franchise Exposition, New York, NY, June 16, 2017
  • “Selecting the Best Franchise Structure for Domestic and International Expansion,” presenter, International Franchise Exposition, New York, NY, June 1, 2017
  • “Selecting the Best Franchise Structure for International Expansion,” presenter, International Franchise Exposition, New York, NY, June 2, 2016
  • “Franchise 2.0: Tools for Taking Your Franchise Model to the Next Level,” presenter, International Franchise Exposition, New York, NY, June 1, 2016
  • “(Re)invigorating Franchise Systems Through Transfers and Repurchases,” panelist, FBN meeting, May 3, 2016
  • “You Can Finance Anything: 21st Century Funding Options for Your Restaurants,” moderator, NRA Show, May 16, 2015
  • “What Franchisees Want,” moderator, Franchise Finance & Growth Conference, April 1, 2015
  • “Crowd Funding and Peer-to-Peer Lending: What It Means for the Future of Restaurant Finance,” moderator, Restaurant Finance & Development Conference, November 1, 2014
  • “Franchise Lending Today,” moderator, BoeFly Franchise Lending Spotlight, October 1, 2014
  • “How to Grow and Sell Your Restaurant Business,” co-presenter, National Restaurant Association Show, May 1, 2014
  • “Franchise Lending,” moderator, Franchise Finance & Growth Conference, March 1, 2014
  • “Best Practices & Strategies to Implement to Attract Banks to Approve Your System Operators,” facilitator, International Franchise Association Convention, February 1, 2014
  • “Case Study: Popeye’s and KFC,” Minnesota Real Estate Journal Retail & Restaurant Summit, June 1, 2013
  • “Should I Franchise My Restaurant?” National Restaurant Association Show, May 18, 2013
  • “Up and Comers,” moderator, Franchise Finance, Development and Growth Conference, April 25, 2013