Michael D. Madigan

Michael D. Madigan

Managing Shareholder
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Managing Shareholder of Madigan, Dahl & Harlan, P.A. Over thirty (30) years of experience practicing in the areas of administrative, alcohol beverage, antitrust, business, commercial, distributor, dealer, franchise, construction, employment, and environmental law. AV-rated by Martindale Hubbell for twenty-eight(28) years and recognized as a "Super Lawyer" for seventeen (17) years. Selected for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America in the practice area of Franchise Law. For the last twenty-two (22) years, served as an Arbitrator and Mediator on the Complex Commercial Panel of the American Arbitration Association and served as a Neutral on the Minnesota ADR Neutrals Roster. Inducted as a Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America (a trial lawyer honorary society composed of less than one-half of one percent of American lawyers). Appointed by Governor Dayton to the Metropolitan Airports Commission. Instrument rated Private Pilot. Appointed by Washington County Commissioners to serve on the Board of Managers, South Washington Watershed District. Previously served eight (8) years on the Woodbury City Council and three (3) years as Chair of the Woodbury Planning Commission. Formerly, Adjunct Professor at William Mitchell College of Law. Recipient of the Alumni Student Award of Merit and Editor of William Mitchell Law Review.

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  • Michael D. Madigan
  • Fellow litigation counsel of America
  • Super Lawyers Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers
  • Peer Rating 5.0/5.0 AV preeminent
  • American Arbitration Association | Panel Member 2015

Areas of Practice

  • Alcohol Beverage Law and Litigation
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Administrative Law Proceedings
  • Business/Civil/Commercial Law and Litigation
  • Construction Law and Litigation
  • Distribution and Franchise Law and Litigation
  • Environmental Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Minnesota, 1981
  • Wisconsin, 1997
  • U.S. District Court District of Minnesota, 1981
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 1st Circuit, 2009
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit, 2008
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 2013
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit, 2011
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit, 1984
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 2008
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2004
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit, 2018


  • William Mitchell College of Law, St. Paul, Minnesota
    • J.D. - 1981
    • Honors: Alumni Student Award of Merit
    • Law Review: William Mitchell Law Review, Editor
  • Hampshire College, Amherst, Massachusetts
    • B.A. - 1976
    • Major: Political Science

Published Works

  • Michael D. Madigan, Control versus Competition: The Courts' Enigmatic Journey in the Oscure Borderland Between the Twenty-First Amendment and Commerce Clause, Mitchell Hamline L. Rev. Vol.44-S (Apr. 6, 2018)


  • Numerous Franchise Seminars, National Beer Wholesalers Association and State Beer Wholesalers Associations
  • Numerous Alcohol Beverage Law Seminars, Center for Alcohol Policy, National Beer Wholesalers Association, and many State Beer Wholesalers Associations

Honors and Awards

  • AV rated lawyer by Martindale Hubbell for 24 years
  • "Super Lawyer" by Minnesota Law & Politics, Minneapolis St. Paul Magazine, and Twin Cities Business Monthly for 14 years
  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America, 2012 - Present
  • Selected for inclusion in the 20th Edition of the Best Lawyers in America, in the practice area of Franchise Law

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association, Litigation Section, Member
  • Hennepin County Bar Association, Member
  • Minnesota Bar Association, Litigation, Member
  • Franchising and Environmental Law Sections
  • Complex Commercial Panel, American Arbitration Association, Arbitrator & Mediator, 1995 - Present
  • Minnesota Statewide ADR Neutrals Roster, 1995 - Present

Past Employment Positions

  • Dunkley, Bennett, Christensen & Madigan, P.A., Shareholder, 2000 - 2004
  • Johnson & Madigan P.L.L.P, Partner, 1985 - 2000
  • Dunkley & Bennett, P.A., Associate, 1983 - 1985
  • William Mitchell College of Law, Adjunct Faculty Member, 1981 - 1984
  • Hadlick & Hoedeman, P.A., Associate, 1981 - 1983

Pro Bono Activities

  • Metropolitan Airports Commission, 2011 - Present
  • South Washington Watershed Board, 2007 - Present
  • AirSpace Minnesota Board, 2012 - 2016
  • Woodbury City Council, 1999 - 2006
  • Woodbury Planning Commission, 1997 - 1999
  • Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy Board, 1990 - 2002
  • Sigurd Olsen Environmental Institute Board, 1992 - 1995
  • The Learning Jet, 2017 - Present


  • English