Practice Overview

Sawan S. Patel is a corporate and franchise attorney who represents entrepreneurs, startups, franchisors and international ‎companies. He counsels clients on a variety of matters, including entity ‎formation, contracts, domestic and international commercial transactions, mergers and acquisitions, ‎franchising, contests and sweepstakes, and regulatory compliance. Sawan reviews and drafts contracts, such as distribution agreements, licenses, vendor agreements, equipment purchase and lease arrangements, non-disclosure and non-compete agreements, and business-to-consumer terms and conditions. He also counsels franchisors in structuring and ‎operating their franchise systems by advising start-up franchisors in creating franchise systems and preparing annual franchise disclosure documents and registrations for established franchisors.

Representative Experience

Corporate Law

  • Entity formation.  Represented entrepreneurs in entity formations, including LLCs and corporations. 
  • Corporate governance.  Advised clients in corporate governance and compliance matters, including governing resolutions, restructurings, buy-sell agreements, and ownership transfers.
  • Mergers and acquisitions.  Counseled clients during asset purchases and sales and other mergers and acquisitions.
  • Purchases and sales.  Represented clients in purchases and sales of equipment and other property.
  • Warranties and disclaimers.  Developed product warranties and disclaimers, including under the Magnuson–Moss Warranty Act for manufacturers, distributors, and retailers.

Franchise Law

  • Structure franchise systems. Represent a variety of clients in franchising their brands, including preparation of initial franchise disclosure documents.
  • Franchise and disclosure documents.  Amended and updated annual franchise disclosure documents and drafted and revised franchise agreements.
  • Sales representation arrangements.  Represented clients in sales representation arrangements under state commission dealership laws.
  • Incentive programs.  Helped franchisors prepare franchisee incentive programs offering discounted royalties and other incentives in exchange for remodeling commitments or new store openings.
  • Contests and sweepstakes.  Structured contests and sweepstakes, drafted rules under state anti-gambling laws, and drafted gift card/certificate disclaimers under state and federal gift card laws for retailers and franchisors.
  • Supply arrangements.  Represented distributors in distributor and supply arrangements (both domestic and international).

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Bar Admissions
  • Minnesota, 2012

Community Involvement

  • LegalCORPS Pro Bono Volunteer


  • William Mitchell College of Law, St. Paul, MN, 2012, J.D., magna cum laude
    • Member, William Mitchell Law Review 2011-2012
    • Dean Bruce Burton Award Nominee, Excellence in Legal Writing
    • Dean’s List
    • CALI Excellence Awards: Law and Business Clinic; Deals and Disputes Resolution: International Business; Corporate Finance
  • University of Minnesota, Carlson School of Management, Minneapolis, MN, 2009, B.S., cum laude

    • Majors: Honors Finance, Honors Risk Management and Insurance
    • Dean’s List


  • International Who’s Who of Franchise Lawyers, 2018
  • North Star Lawyer, Minnesota State Bar Association, 2013

Professional Associations & Memberships

  • Hennepin County Bar Association
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association, Business Law Section and Forum on Franchising
  • Young Lawyers Division Committee, American Bar Association Forum on Franchising