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About Gray Plant Mooty

*In January 2020, Gray Plant Mooty merged with Lathrop Gage LLP to form Lathrop GPM. This profile is the legacy profile for Gray Plant Mooty.

With three offices in the Midwest and a location in the nation’s capital, Gray Plant Mooty is known for its niche in franchise law. The firm also has bustling litigation, health care, and labor and employment practices.

In the Woods

Gray Plant Mooty began in 1866 as a solo real estate practice, founded by Charles Woods. When the Minnesota Attorney General William J. Hahn joined the firm in 1881, it took on the new name Woods & Hahn. Over the years, the firm grew into a full-service firm, expanding well beyond its initial real estate focus. Today, the firm boasts well over a dozen practices.

Leader in Franchise

GPM is probably best known for its franchise practice. The firm works on both domestic and international franchising. Its franchise lawyers have experience working in such areas as bankruptcy, compliance, distribution, IP, litigation, M&A, and more. They frequently speak on webcasts on the topic as well.

GPM’s ranks also include a top-notch litigation team, which advises everyone from large companies to well-known franchises and distributors to health care organizations to technology companies and startups to small businesses, and more. The firm is also home to a busy health law practice, which handles litigation, regulatory matters, and transactional work. The firm also assists health care clients with day-to-day issues, such as contracts, employment matters, and real estate.

Klobuchar’s Old Stomping Ground

Fun Fact: Former presidential candidate and Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar joined the firm in the ’90s—a stop on the path toward her political career.

Gray Plant Mooty

500 IDS Center
80 South 8th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55402
Phone: (612) 632-3000

Firm Stats

Managing Officer: Mike Sullivan
Hiring Partner: Loren Hansen
Total No. Attorneys 2020:
150 - 250

Major Office Locations

Fargo, ND
Minneapolis, MN (HQ)
St. Cloud, MN
Washington, DC

Major Departments

Banking & Financial Services
Government Relations
Corporate & Business
Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation
Franchise & Distribution
Health Law
Intellectual Property, Technology, & Privacy
International Law
Labor, Employment, & Higher Education
Nonprofit & Tax-Exempt Organizations
Real Estate, Environmental Law & Land Use
Trust, Estate & Charitable Planning
*See firm website for complete list of practice areas and industries.