John Saunders

John is an experienced business attorney, focusing on high-level transactions. Having formerly served as a General Counsel, he has deep experience with the intricacies of commercial real estate, corporate, and franchise law.



Minnesota Attorney John Saunders

Primary Practice Areas

  • Commercial Real Estate
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Corporate
  • Franchise


  • University of Saint Thomas School of Law, Juris Doctor (2005)
  • St. Cloud State University, Master of Arts, Rhetoric and Composition (2002)
  • Saint John’s University, Bachelor of Arts, English (2000)

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Minnesota State Courts
  • Federal

Industry Specialization


  • Dean’s Award, Catholic Social Thought, Spring 2005
  • Distinguished Master’s Thesis Honors, Saint Cloud State, 2002
  • All-MIAC Men’s Soccer Honorable Mention, 1998

Professional Associations

  • Vice-Chair, Real Properties Section – Hennepin County Bar Association, 2016-Present
  • Board of Directors, Minnesota Retailer Association, 2013-2015
  • Member, Association of Corporate Counsel, 2013-2015

Pro Bono, Civic & Charitable Activities

  • Founder, Hiawatha Nordic Ski Club
  • Coach, Southeast Minneapolis Soccer Club
  • Board Member & Treasurer, Standish-Ericcson Neighborhood Organization, 2007-2011


Past Experience

  • Michael Holdings, LLC (VP & General Counsel for Wendy’s franchisee operating 55 restaurants)
  • Ravich Meyer Kirkman McGrath Nauman & Tansey, PA

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