Principal, Franchise & Distribution Co-Chair
Kirk Reilly is a trial lawyer, cochair of the 30-member Franchise & Distribution practice group, and is the Best Lawyers in America’s 2013 “Franchise Lawyer of the Year” for Minneapolis. Kirk has represented franchisors in litigation since 1983 and has tried cases involving the franchise relationship, earnings claims, fraud, breach of contract, advertising funds, encroachment, false advertising, liquidated damages and vicarious liability before judges, juries, and arbitration panels across the United States. In addition, he has also successfully tried employment, wrongful death, professional negligence, and toxic tort cases before Minnesota juries. Kirk is certified as a civil trial specialist by the National Board of Trial Advocacy (NBTA) and the Minnesota State Bar Association Civil Trial Certification Council, and was awarded the Certified Franchise Executive™ designation by the International Franchise Association. In 2017, Kirk was honored by the NBTA with a certificate of special competence, recognizing 20 years of board certification in the area of civil trial law.