AARON-MICHAEL SAPP

Partner

Did You Know?

A-M goes to Second City at least once a year.

A-M likes depressing movies.

A-M doesn’t own a car.

A-M reads about movies more than he watches them.

A-M enjoys all water sports.

A-M was captain of his high school football and swimming teams.

A-M likes oysters, even in the Midwest.

A-M can’t cook.

A-M is from Fort Wayne, Indiana.

A-M knows the double name is obnoxious.

Aaron-Michael is a commercial litigator and trial lawyer. He has been lead counsel on numerous matters in state and federal courts across the country and in arbitrations before the American Arbitration Association and JAMS. Aaron-Michael handles a wide range of franchise disputes, including defending against franchisee-initiated claims (individual, consolidated, and class actions); prosecuting franchisor-initiated claims (franchisee abandonment, enforcement of restrictive covenants, violations of trademark and unfair competition laws); and handling disputes with third-parties (tortious interference, misappropriation of trade secrets).  Aaron-Michael has also litigated matters involving beer distribution rights and regularly advises suppliers and wholesalers on issues arising under various states’ beer distribution statutes. Aaron-Michael similarly advises his clients on matters arising under state franchise statutes and relationship laws, such as termination and nonrenewal.

Before joining Cheng Cohen, Aaron-Michael worked at Jenner & Block LLP, where he worked on a broad range of complex commercial matters and investigations.

  • Education

    • Juris Doctor, summa cum laude, Michigan State University College of Law
    • Bachelor of Arts, summa cum laude, Ball State University (Class Valedictorian).
  • Associations

    • International Franchise Association
    • American Bar Association Forum on Franchising
  • Bar Admissions

    • State of Illinois
    • United States District Court for the Northern and Central Districts of Illinois, Eastern District of Michigan, District of Colorado, and District of North Dakota