Michael R. Daigle
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Did you know?

  • Michael moonlighted as a wedding singer in college.
  • Michael is a Cajun.
  • Michael is a music fanatic.
  • Michael would be a piano bar singer in another life.
  • Michael became a franchise lawyer because of the World's Fair.
  • Michael's first sighting of snow was when he went to college in Michigan.
  • Michael developed and owned a restaurant/wine bar/jazz club.
  • Michael is a reality tv fan.
  • Michael has a Great Dane.
  • Michael has had business responsibility for franchise development programs.

Michael’s unique experience drives his client-centric point of view as a lawyer. Before returning to private practice in 2008, Michael spent 20+ years as chief legal counsel and senior business executive for companies such as Blockbuster, Quiznos, Boston Market and Einstein Bagels, where he was a front-line player in building those companies’ brands both domestically and overseas. Having worn the shoes of a client for most of his career, Michael has faced and made the same critical business and legal decisions that his clients are forced to make as they either begin their journey as a franchisor or take their systems to the next level. This, together with his experience developing and operating his own restaurant and jazz club, have armed him with valuable insight and empathy that is unique among lawyers.

As a lawyer, Michael’s roles have put him on the front line of issues and challenges ranging from aggressive domestic and international growth, management transitions, class actions and other complex litigation, general business matters, and mergers and acquisitions. He has spent years honing his versatile experience in three key roles: law firm partner, chief legal officer for several prominent brands and an executive-level business leader for aggressive growth franchisors. In those roles, Michael was charged with both business and legal responsibilities, including developing and implementing global expansion strategies, negotiating multi-national business deals and documenting transactions around the world ranging from direct operations, joint ventures, licenses, master franchises and area development transactions in over 50 countries in every region of the world.

In 2014, Michael was inducted as a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. For the past two years (2012-2013 and 2013-2014 bar terms), Michael served as Co-Chair of the International Commercial Transactions, Franchising and Distribution Committee of the ABA Section of International Law.  He has presented programs on franchising issues at ABA International Law Section meetings in Dublin and Paris, at the International Franchise Association’s Legal Symposium, and at the annual franchising conference of the International Bar Association.  Michael frequently writes articles on various issues faced by domestic and international franchisors and contributed the franchising section of the 2010 edition of The International Lawyer’s Year in Review.  Recently, Michael was the guest editor for the re-launch of the quarterly newsletter of the International Commercial Transactions, Franchising and Distribution Committee of the Section of International Law (ABA).  He received his law degree with honors from Tulane Law School in 1979 and is licensed to practice in Illinois and Colorado.

Education
  • Juris Doctor, cum laude, Tulane Law School
  • Eastern Michigan University
  • Louisiana State University
Bar Admissions
  • State of Colorado
  • State of Illinois
Awards and Recognitions
  • Named a Franchise Times "Legal Eagle"
  • Inducted as a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation
  • Listed in the International Who's Who of Franchise Lawyers
  • Listed in International Who's Who of Business Lawyers for Franchise
Memberships
  • American Bar Association
    • Forum on Franchising
    • Section of International Law
    • Section of Business Law
  • International Franchise Association
Recent Speaking and Publications
  • Co-Author, International Expansion: Maximizing the Risk for Smaller Franchise Systems,  Franchise Update (Dec. 2015)
  • Panelist, M&A Aspects of Acquiring Franchise Businesses, Midwest Chapter Meeting of the AM&AA, October 2015
  • Editor,  Fall Newsletter (Franchising & Distribution Edition) of the International Commercial Transactions, Franchise & Distribution Committee of the ABA's Section on International Law, Fall 2013
  • Guest Editor, Newsletter of the International Commercial Transactions, Franchising and Distribution Committee,  Summer 2013
  • Presenter, Franchising Primer, a program for the Business and Industry Forum of the North Shore Chapter of the Illinois CPA Society
  • Guest Contributor, Franchising in America - Tips for Representing Franchisors Entering the US Market,  May 2013 newsletter of the Distribution Commission of the AIJA
  • Developments in International Franchising, 2012 Year in Review edition of The International Lawyer
  • Panelist, 10 Decisions Every Franchisor Needs to Make, 2012 Emerging Franchisor Conference, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
  • Moderator, Getting Ahead of the Curve: Controlling the Risk of Social Media, 2012 IFA Legal Symposium, Washington, DC
  • The Rewards and Risk of Outsourcing, Q1 2012 Franchise Law News
  • Program Chair and Moderator, Global Overview of Current Development in the Regulation of the Offer and Sale of Franchises presented at the ABA’s Section of International Law Fall Meeting, Dublin, Ireland, 2011
  • Building an Empire on a Borrowed Foundation, Q1 2011 Franchise Law News
  • Panelist, Control vs Freedom? Negotiating International Franchise Agreements presented at the ABA’s Section of International Law Fall Meeting, Paris, France, 2010
  • Panelist, Avoiding and Managing Systemwide Litigation in International Litigation, 2010 Joint Conference on International Franchising (International Bar Association and International Franchise Association), Washington, DC
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