Kerry L. Bundy



Kerry Bundy is a trial lawyer who focuses primarily on franchise and distribution litigation, trade secret litigation and counseling, non-compete cases, international arbitration, and complex commercial litigation. For over 20 years, Kerry has been trying cases to judges, juries and arbitrators. Kerry has litigated in more than 25 states and conducted arbitrations under the ICC, AAA, ICDR, CIETAC, HKIAC, LCIA and JAMS Rules.

Franchise & Distribution Litigation

Kerry represents franchisors and manufacturers in litigation, arbitration and mediation. She represents companies across various industries, including food and beverage, retail, leisure and fitness, health care, hospitality, and commercial and consumer services. Her experience spans disputes relating to claims of violation of state franchise or dealership laws, trademark infringement, breach of contract, system-standards enforcement, consumer class actions, post-termination rights, disclosure and registration issues, fraud claims, vicarious liability, independent contractor misclassification, and joint employment issues.

Trade Secret Litigation & Counsel

Kerry handles trade secret cases that relate to non-disclosure agreements, restrictive covenants, licensing disputes and corporate espionage claims. She helps companies protect their valuable trade secrets and defend against allegations of misappropriation. She has extensive experience advising clients on trade secret protection programs, clean rooms and reverse engineering projects, as well as training employees on confidentiality best practices. She is the co-editor and contributing author of the acclaimed book, The Secrets to Winning Trade Secret Cases, Thomson West (2009, 2012 and 2016).


Bar Admissions


Court Admissions

U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois
U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
U.S. Immigration Court
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit


Colorado State University
B.A. magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa

Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law
J.D. Dean's List, Journal of International Law and Business (editor-in-chief)

Insights & Events

Other Perspectives
  • Trade Secrets 2018-19: Key Developments and Takeaways 
    Co-author, The IP Book, Minnesota CLE, September 2019
  • The Secrets to Winning Trade Secret Cases
    Co-editor and contributing author, Thomson West, 2009, 2012 & 2016 
  • The Intangible Advantage: Understanding Intellectual Property in the New Economy
    Co-author with David Kline, Randy Kahnke, Robert Krupka, David Kappos, Paul Michel, Phillip Kim, Mayra Lombera, Marisa Moosekian and Gary Michelson, Michelson 20MM Foundation, 2016
  • The Continual Threat of Vicarious Liability: Analyzing and Managing the Risk
    International Franchise Association Legal Symposium, Washington D.C., May 2013

Leadership & Community

Civic Activities

  • Advocates for Human Rights — Board of Directors
  • Courage Alpine Skiers — Former Board Member
  • Greater Minneapolis Crisis Nursery — Former Board Member

Firm Leadership

  • Board Member


  • Chambers USA — Nationwide, Franchising, 2009-22
  • Franchise Times — Legal Eagles Hall of Fame, 2017; Franchise Legal Eagle, 2008-19; 2022
  • Best Lawyers® — Franchise Law, 2008-15, 2017, 2020-23 (Lawyer of the Year, 2022)
  • Faegre Drinker — Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2020 
  • Benchmark Litigation — Future Star, General Commercial Litigation, International Arbitration, 2020 
  • Who's Who Legal — Franchise, 2018-19
  • Minnesota Super Lawyers — Franchise/Dealership, 2014-15, Business Litigation, 2016-19
  • Faegre Baker Daniels — Baker Benson Pro Bono Award, 2016; Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2014-15, 2018-19
  • Minnesota Lawyer — Attorney of the Year, 2014
  • Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal — Forty Under 40
  • Minnesota Rising Stars — Franchise/Dealership, 2008 and 2011
  • Minnesota Lawyer — Up & Coming Attorney, 2001

Awards Methodology

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