Nick Rotchadl represents clients in commercial litigation and compliance matters, with an emphasis on franchise, distribution and software development matters. He is also at the forefront of new legal issues related to blockchain technologies, decentralized systems and digital assets.

Franchise and Distribution

Nick represents franchisors and distribution clients in litigation, arbitration and mediation throughout the United States. He also advises them on pre-litigation dispute resolution and the franchisor-franchisee and manufacturer-distributor relationship, as well as compliance with franchise and distribution laws. He represents franchisors and distribution clients across industries that include restaurants, food and beverage, retail, leisure and fitness, health care, hospitality, office services, home services and other commercial and consumer services.

Nick is experienced in matters that include:

  • State franchise laws
  • FTC franchising rule
  • Trademark infringement
  • Breach of the franchise agreement or distribution agreement
  • Post-termination rights
  • System-wide disputes
  • Disclosure and registration issues
  • Supply chains 
  • Fraud claims
  • Vicarious liability
  • Joint employment
  • Employee misclassification 


Nick also helps businesses resolve and litigate disputes about software development and implementation projects. He helps clients investigate potential claims and defenses, demand and negotiate resolution, and proceed through mediation, arbitration and/or litigation. He is experienced in navigating the complex software sales process, design phase and project contracts that underlie breach of contract and misrepresentation claims in software disputes.

Blockchain, Decentralized Systems and Digital Assets

Nick is knowledgeable on the rapidly-changing laws, regulations, and court decisions related to blockchain technologies, decentralized systems and digital assets. Leveraging his experience in software matters and background in web development, he advises companies on the business implications and legal hurdles arising from these new technologies.

Government Experience

Before joining the firm, Nick served as deputy communications director for a U.S. Senator, coordinating communications with local, state and federal officials; developing the Senator’s website; directing social media presence; and communicating with the press and public about policy positions.


Bar Admissions


Court Admissions

U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota


University of Michigan Law School
J.D. cum laude, Michigan Telecommunications and Technology Law Review (associate editor) (2012)

University of Wisconsin, Madison
B.A. in Political Science and Journalism & Mass Communications (2006)

Insights & Events

Other Perspectives
  • Minnesota
    Co-author, Franchise Deskbook: Selected State Laws, Commentary and Annotations, Third Edition, June 2019
  • Service Brands — You're Not Selling Burgers
    Contributor, IFA Legal Symposium, May 2019
  • Blockchain Litigation
    Presenter, Minnesota Enterprise Blockchain Meetup, November 2018
  • Statute of Limitations: Minnesota
    Co-author, Practical Law, State Q&A, November 2018
  • Joint Employer/Vicarious Liability: Practical Applications in Enforcing System Standards Without Exercising Too Much Control
    Co-author, IFA Legal Symposium, May 2017
  • State Franchise and Distribution Laws: Beyond the Terms of Your Dealer/Distributor Agreements
    Co-author, RV Focus: A Newsletter for the RV Industry Professional, November 2015
  • Franchise Law Chapter
    Co-author, Minnesota Business Disputes: Claims and Remedies, 2nd edition, June 2015
  • Understanding Franchise Law in Minnesota
    Co-presenter, Minnesota State Bar Association CLE, June 2015

Leadership & Community

Pro Bono

  • Hennepin County Housing Court
  • Housing Litigation in Federal Court
  • Employee Disqualification Matter Before the Minnesota Department of Human Services

Professional Associations

  • International Franchise Association — Legal Symposium Task Force, 2019
  • American Bar Association — Forum on Franchising
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Hennepin County Bar Association


  • Minnesota North Star Lawyer, 2013, 2015-17
  • Faegre Baker Daniels — Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2013, 2015-17, 2019
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