Elliot Ginsburg

LOCATION: Minneapolis | Minnesota
PHONE: 612-259-4806
Favorite Drink: Old Fashioned

Honors and Awards


Rising Star by Super Lawyers Magazine, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016


Chair’s Award for Substantial Written Work or Presentation, American Bar Association Forum on Franchising, 2014


Appointed as Articles Editor of Franchise Law Journal


Elected to Board of Directors for Fair State Brewing Cooperative

About Elliot Ginsburg

Elliot Ginsburg has been practicing law since 2010. While representing franchisees and distributors in litigation, Elliot’s practice required him to help clients manage a variety of business matters. Interested in broadening his practice to include his love of craft beer, craft spirits, and related industries, he started learning about beer distribution laws and working with two breweries in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Happily discovering his love of beer and the law could be complementary, Hop Law was launched in 2013. Along with his colleagues, Elliot wants to work with businesses to find creative solutions to complex business problems, provide clients with guidance and assistance in starting and operating their businesses successfully, and most importantly, help bring great products to a growing (and thirsty) market. Wherever you are in the process of brewing and distributing, Elliot wants to join you for a pint and a conversation about how he can help.

Additional Qualifications

Areas of Practice
  • Franchise and Distribution Law
  • Craft Beer and Distillery Law

University of Minnesota Law School, Minneapolis, Minnesota
J.D. magna cum laude – 2010
Honors: Order of the Coif
Honors: Best Brief award
Law Journal: Minnesota Journal of International Law, Articles Editor

Carleton College
B.A. magna cum laude – 2005

The London School of Economics and Political Science
M.Sc – 2006
Honors: With Honors
Major: International Relations

Published Works

Fraud by Omission: An Argument For Broader Disclosures and Renewed Enforcement, Franchise Law Journal, Vol. 35, No.1, Summer, 2015

How Far Up the Ownership Chain Can Liability Go? , Franchise Investor Claims and Liability, with William K Whitner, Thirty-Eighth Annual Forum on Franchising, 2015

Co-Author, How to Ensure Your Franchisees Knock It Out of the Park, with Ronald T. Coleman, Jr., and Sarah A. Walters, Forty-Eighth International Franchise Association Legal Symposium, 2015

Co-author, Minnesota Brewpub Distribution, with Erin Conway, Minnesota Beer, July, 2013

Prosecuting and Defending Against a Claim of Spoliation: High Stakes Discovery Tactics in the Electronic Age, Thirty-Sixth Annual Forum on Franchising, 2013

Co-author, Nailing the Blob of Mercury: Goodwill in Franchising, with W. Michael Garner, Franchise Law Journal, Vol. 33, No. 2, Fall, 2013

Co-author, Seismic Showdown: Franchisors craft language to make ‘going dark’ cost prohibitive, with W. Michael Garner, Franchise Times, March, 2011

A Secure Handle on the Requirement of a Bond for a Preliminary Injunction, Franchise Law Journal, Vol. 31, No. 1, Summer, 2011

Medical Marijuana Franchising: A Half-Baked or Fully Baked Plan?, The Franchise Lawyer, Vol. 15, No. 3

Co-author, A Franchise Agreement Wish List, with Gary R. Batenhorst, The Franchise Lawyer, Vol. 17, No. 1

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