Practice Overview

Joseph J. Fittante advises franchisors, both mature and emerging, on a variety of topics including structuring the relationship, registration and disclosure, supply chain, brand integrity, transfer and other system critical issues. He counts his clients as some of the most well-known brands in franchising. He routinely represents franchisors who are buying or selling franchise systems as special franchise counsel to advise on the health of the system and various other franchise issues. Joe is a past chair of the American Bar Association  Forum on Franchising and frequent author and lecturer on issues important to the franchise industry.  

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Bar Admissions
  • Minnesota, 1996
  • U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota


  • William Mitchell College of Law, St. Paul, MN, 1996 J.D.
    • Editor, William Mitchell Law Review, 1995-1996
  • University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire, WI, 1993 B.A.


  • Legal Eagle, Top Franchise Lawyers in the U.S. and Canada, Franchise Times, 2008-Present
    • Franchise Lawyer Hall of Fame, 2017
  • Leader in Franchise Law - Chambers USA, 2009-Present
  • Best Lawyers in America®, Franchise Law, 2008-Present
  • Best Lawyers in America®, Minneapolis Franchise Law “Lawyer of the Year” for 2016
  • Super Lawyer®, Super Lawyers magazine, 2004-Present
  • Super Lawyer®Super Lawyers Corporate Counsel Edition, Franchise & Distribution, 2008-2010
  • Rising Star®, Super Lawyers magazine, 2003-2004
  • Named in The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers, 2010 - Present
  • Named one of the Top 3% of Attorneys in the U.S. in 2009 by The Legal News
  • Named one of the preeminent practitioners in Guide to the World’s Leading Franchise Practitioners, in association with Managing Intellectual Property (MIP) 2009
  • Named in The International Who’s Who of Franchise Lawyers 2009, 2010, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2019

Professional Associations & Memberships

  • American Bar Association, 1996-present
  • American Bar Association, Member, Forum on Franchising, 1998-present
  • American Bar Association, Member, Franchise Forum Governing Committee, 2007-present
  • American Bar Association, Chair, ABA Forum on Franchising, 2011-2013
  • American Bar Association, Member, Young Lawyers Division Liaison to Franchise Forum Governing Committee, 2003-2005
  • American Bar Association, Co-Program Chair Annual Franchise Forum, 2008 
  • Shakopee Girls Softball Association, Treasurer