Paul D. Ziccarelli


A shareholder with the firm, Paul brings more than 25 years of in-house counsel experience with companies in industries such as insurance and investments, technology and manufacturing, and restaurants. At the firm, Paul focuses his practice on corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, and franchising.

Immediately prior to joining the firm, Paul served as general counsel for Famous Dave’s of America, where he worked for eight years. His understanding of complex legal issues, acquired in his prior senior in-house counsel positions, proved to be a valuable tool in handling the day-to-day legal needs of a publicly traded restaurant company.

Having worked as in-house counsel enables Paul to approach legal issues from an insider’s perspective and to be responsive to the organizational needs, processes and culture that are specific to each business. Because he readily understands how a legal matter relates to a client’s business needs, he is able to craft solutions that help clients execute business objectives within the applicable legal framework.

The in-house counsel role has also allowed Paul to range across a broad spectrum of legal areas and issues. Consequently, he has gained experience in the following diverse fields:

  • General Corporate Law
  • Securities Law Compliance (public companies)
  • Securities offerings (equity and debt)
  • Real Estate Leasing
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Corporate Governance matters
  • Employment Law (employee benefits)
  • Insurance Law (regulatory and coverage)
  • Investment Law
  • Marketing/Regulatory (FTCA):

    • Telemarketing/DNC rules
    • Email CANSPAM
  • Franchising
  • Finance:

    • Bank credit agreements
    • Public finance (equity/debt)

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Areas of Practice

Business Law
Corporate Finance – Mergers and Acquisitions
Franchise, Distribution and Intellectual Property

Admissions

Minnesota State Bar

Education

University of Wisconsin — Lacrosse, B.S., Public Administration and Political Science, 1981
William Mitchell College of Law, J.D., 1987

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