Attorney Profile

Over the past two decades, attorney Gayle C. Hendley has practiced in areas as diverse as health law; technology contracting; product development, professional services and consulting agreements; general commercial and procurement contracting; constitutional law; personal injury; mass tort litigation; litigation management; eminent domain; appellate practice; and alternative dispute resolution through arbitration and mediation.


Commercial Contracting:

  • Intellectual Property:
    • licensing agreements for proprietary data systems
    • software development and licensing agreements
    • research grants
    • consulting and professional services agreements
    • trademark registration, re-registration and licensing
    • data sharing and licensing agreement (lead counsel for Hennepin County in the development of Metro GIS Regional Data Sharing Agreement and License Agreement among seven counties and the Metropolitan Council)
  • Medical:
    • represented the Hennepin County Medical Center in procurement, negotiation of personal services, consulting, intellectual property and technology licensing, pharmacy, tissue and transplant services agreements, ambulance and operational services contracts, ancillary review of regulatory compliance
  • Commercial relationships:
    • consulting and professional services agreements
    • non-disclosure and confidentiality agreements
    • purchase of goods agreements
    • supplier production agreements
    • transportation and warehousing agreements
  • Agency Agreements:
    • analysis, negotiation and drafting of confidentiality, licensing and agency agreements
    • direct negotiations with multi-national banking, retail, and financial services entities
    • review and negotiation respecting regulatory requirements and compliance
  • Contracting Process:
    • development and rollout of standardized contracts and contracting procedures


  • Trial and administrative hearings levels in civil matters, including
    • Personal injury
    • Mass tort liability
    • UCC warranty
    • Mental health
    • Eminent domain (condemnation)


  • Lead counsel in over one-hundred civil and criminal appeals in the private and public sectors including
    • Civil actions (personal injury, mass tort liability, aviation, commercial and uniform commercial code disputes, and mental health)
    • Criminal actions as in-house counsel for the Hennepin County Attorney's office
  • Briefed and argued before:
    • Minnesota Court of Appeals
    • Minnesota Supreme Court
    • Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals
    • On brief before the United States Supreme Court (on brief in response to petitions for writ of certiorari)

Employment History

2006 - present Gayle C. Hendley, PLLC
1989 - 2005 Hennepin County
1986 - 1988 Fredrikson & Byron
1981 - 1986 Meagher Geer (law clerk and attorney)


  • Bachelor of Arts, University of St. Thomas, magna cum laude, 1980
  • Juris Doctor, William Mitchell College of Law, cum laude, 1984
  • Qualified neutral, State of Minnesota, 2005

Professional Memberships

  • United States Supreme Court
  • Minnesota State Courts
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Hennepin County Bar Association
  • Minnesota Women Lawyers