Gray Plant Mooty Elects New Shareholders (2010)


MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (January 12, 2010) — The law firm of Gray Plant Mooty is pleased to announce that five attorneys—Elizabeth Street Dillon, Kendra Geiger Hagen, Jeff Peterson, Iris Figueroa Rosario, and Henry Wang—have been elected shareholders of the firm, effective January 1, 2010.

Elizabeth Street Dillon practices in the area of domestic and international franchise and distribution. She counsels both experienced and maturing franchisors in the development, expansion, and maintenance of their franchise systems. Specifically, Dillon assists franchisors in the preparation and registration of disclosure documents. In addition, she regularly drafts and reviews a variety of documents, including franchise agreements, development agreements, and supply agreements. Dillon earned her J.D., cum laude, from the University of Wisconsin in 2004.

Kendra Geiger Hagen concentrates her practice in the area of family law, representing clients in dissolution, custody, postdecree, paternity, child support matters, and third-party custody. Kendra also represents clients in petitioning for stepparent adoptions, and preparation and negotiation of antenuptial and postnuptial agreements. She earned her J.D., with distinction, from the University of North Dakota in 2003. Prior to attending law school, Kendra was a family law paralegal with Gray Plant Mooty.

Jeff Peterson focuses his practice on commercial transactions, creditor’s rights, agriculture law, bankruptcy, banking, and real estate. Prior to joining Gray Plant Mooty, Peterson practiced law in Overland Park, Kan. He has a background in agribusiness, working for a large regional cooperative as a commodity market analyst. Peterson earned his J.D. from the University of Kansas in 2002. He also earned an LL.M. in Agricultural Law from the University of Arkansas in 2007.

Iris Figueroa Rosario represents clients in federal and state court cases pertaining to franchise disputes, contract disputes, employment law violations, and other types of commercial civil litigation. In the franchise context, Rosario has handled matters involving underreporting of sales, unapproved products, tax fraud, immigration and employment violations, defamation, trademark violations, and covenants not to compete. She has drafted numerous settlement agreements on behalf of franchisors, and has also handled a number of standards enforcement cases. Additionally, Rosario has provided advice on franchise relationships and has counseled an association of marine manufacturers concerning manufacturer/distributor issues. Rosario, who is fluent in Spanish, earned her J.D., cum laude, from the American University Washington College of Law in 2000.

Henry Wang focuses his practice in the areas of reorganization and bankruptcy, creditor’s rights, franchise law, and real estate. He practices throughout the U.S. representing franchisors and secured and unsecured creditors in preferential transfer litigation, nondischargeability litigation, the claims resolution process, as well as various other aspects of bankruptcy litigation in Chapters 7, 11, and 13 of the Bankruptcy Code. Wang also counsels clients regarding real estate leasing transactions. He earned his J.D.,cum laude, from the William Mitchell College of Law in 2003.

About GPM:

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 170-attorney, full-service firm with offices in Minneapolis and St. Cloud, Minnesota, and Washington, DC. Our attorneys and staff provide exceptional client service and value to our clients, and directly or with our global affiliations, we provide comprehensive legal services on a regional, national, and global basis.