Practice Overview

James M. Susag counsels clients regarding franchise, dealer and contract disputes. He has extensive first-chair trial experience, representing clients in numerous jury and bench trials, arbitrations, administrative proceedings and appeals. Some of his recent successes include enforcement of franchise and dealer agreements in federal district courts in California, Illinois, Minnesota, and Wisconsin, and in domestic and international arbitration.

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Bar Admissions
  • Minnesota
  • Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 4th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 8th Circuit


  • Real Property Specialist by the Minnesota Bar Association


  • William Mitchell College of Law, St. Paul, MN, 1995 J.D.,summa cum laude
    • Staff Member, William Mitchell Law Review, 1994 - 1995
  • University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN, 1992 B.A., summa cum laude


  • Best Lawyers in America,® Franchise Law, 2013-present
  • Best Lawyer in Minnesota by Minnesota Monthly Magazine, 2014-present
  • Very Best U.S. Attorneys in Franchising by Franchise Times, 2014-present
  • Franchise Legal Eagle by Franchise Times, 2014-present
  • Super Lawyer,® Super Lawyers magazine, 2009-present
  • Rising Star,® Super Lawyers magazine, 2002-2008

Professional Associations & Memberships

  • Hennepin County Bar Association
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Ramsey County Bar Association
  • American Bar Association’s Forum on Franchising
  • International Franchise Association