Andrew C. Selden
Vice President, Law and Policy; Minneapolis, Minn.
Andrew C. Selden of Minneapolis is Vice President of Law and Policy for United Rail Passenger Alliance, Inc.
Mr. Selden is the author of a comprehensive proposal, developed in 2000 as a detailed strategy for a successful future for Amtrak and passenger rail travel in the United States.
In 1998 he was a finalist under consideration for the position of President and CEO of Amtrak by the company’s board of directors.
Mr. Selden has authored numerous articles on the subject of passenger rail travel, including a ground breaking article in Trains magazine in January 1986, titled “Getting Amtrak Out of the Woods.” Other articles have appeared in The Wall Street Journal and Passenger Train Journal.
Mr. Selden has offered oral testimony before the Surface Transportation Board, and Congress, and has provided written statements to committees of the United States House of Representatives on various passenger rail transportation topics. He has also provided research materials to the Transportation Research Board.
As President of the Minnesota Association of Rail Passengers, he has made numerous appearances in the news media on behalf of the group and as a knowledgeable national advocate of passenger rail travel.
Mr. Selden is a shareholder in the Minnesota law firm of Briggs and Morgan, Professional Association, based in the firm’s Minneapolis office. He is a member of the Business Law Section and Chair of the Franchise Practice Group. Mr. Selden practices principally in the areas of franchising, antitrust, trademark and commercial law.
Mr. Selden’s practice includes representation of franchisors, franchise associations, franchisees, and franchise system purchasing and advertising cooperatives. He has counseled franchisors in the development and operation of local, national and international franchise systems in numerous industries; negotiated international franchise licenses; represented groups of franchisees in the formation of regional and national associations; counseled franchisors and franchisee associations in the formation and operation of regional and national purchasing cooperatives and advertising cooperatives; counseled franchisor and franchisee associations in connection with renegotiation of system franchise agreements and other contracts; and negotiated settlements of major antitrust and class action lawsuits affecting franchise systems. He advises manufacturers and service providers on how to structure distribution strategies to avoid inadvertent entanglement with franchise or “business opportunities” legislation, and provides antitrust and trademark law counsel to clients.
From 1985 to 1989, Mr. Selden was Chairman of the ABA Forum on Franchising, the American Bar Association’s section on franchise law. He is the co-author of the Forum’s book, Fundamentals of Franchising. He was instrumental in developing Briggs and Morgan’s Franchise Practice Group. He is listed in The Best Lawyers in America and has been selected as a Leading American Attorney, a distinction earned by fewer than eight percent of all Minnesota attorneys. Mr. Selden has also been designated a “Super Lawyer” by Minnesota Law & Politics, Mpls. St.Paul Magazine and Twin Cities Business Monthly. This group represents the top six percent of Minnesota lawyers.
Mr. Selden was the Reporter for the Uniform Law Commission’s Uniform Franchise and Business Opportunities Act. He has published articles in the Franchise Law Journal, The Business Lawyer, The Wall Street Journal and the Franchise Legal Digest. He is a former chairman of the Advisory Committee to the North American Securities Administrators Franchise Regulation Committee, which writes the guidelines for the Uniform Franchise Offering Circular. He was an accredited delegate of the International Bar Association to the Conference on a Model International Franchise Law sponsored by UNIDROIT, in Rome, Italy. He is a frequent speaker at regional and national conferences on franchise law, antitrust law, and the business of franchising. Mr. Selden authored the handbook on franchising published by the Minnesota Department of Economic Development.
He is currently a member and was Chairman (1994-96) of the Board of Directors of the Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota. Mr. Selden is a member of the Hennepin County, Minnesota State and American Bar Associations.
Mr. Selden received his B.A. from Carleton College. He received his law degree magna cum laude from the University of Minnesota, where he was elected to Order of the Coif and was Note and Comment Editor of the Minnesota Law Review.