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University of Minnesota Law School, J.D., cum laude, 2001
Honors: Dean’s List

University of Minnesota Morris, B.A., with honors/high distinction, 1998. Honors: Dean’s List, All 12 Quarters
Majors: History and English

First and foremost, Ryan is a problem solver.  He uses his trial and litigation skills to resolve complicated disputes to his clients’ satisfaction, whether on the plaintiff- or defense-side of a case.  Ryan practices extensively in the areas of civil rights, personal injury, product liability, and commercial litigation. He has handled a large number of police misconduct and jail misconduct cases.  He has also handled a wide variety of personal injury cases, including motor vehicle crash and aviation cases.  On aviation cases, he has defended FBOs and mechanics as well as represented passengers.  He has handled significant commercial disputes, ranging in topics from disagreements over contracts to significant property damage cases involving product liability or premises liability.  He spends much of his time in federal court in Minnesota but has represented his clients’ interests in several state and federal courts across the country.

Ryan joined the firm in October 2002 after clerking for a year for the Honorable Thomas J. Kalitowski at the Minnesota Court of Appeals. Since that time, he has worked in each of the firm’s different practice areas.  This breadth of experience has helped Ryan develop an ability to handle varied and complex cases without regard to a particular niche.

Ryan taught legal writing at the University of Minnesota Law School and prides himself on his ability to convey his clients’ needs to the opposing party and the court in a persuasive manner.


Professional Recognition

Named to the National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers (Civil Plaintiff, 2013)

Named to the National Trial Lawyers: Top 40 under 40 for Minnesota (2012)

Named a Litigation Star by Benchmark Plaintiff for 2013 and 2014

“Rising Star,” Minnesota Law & Politics, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2014 & 2015



Minnesota Bar Association

Hennepin County Bar Association

Federal Bar Association

Minnesota Association for Justice

American Association for Justice


Court Admissions


U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota

U.S. District Court, District of North Dakota

U.S. District Court, District of Colorado


Civic Involvement

Legal Writing Instructor at the University of Minnesota Law School, 2005-2006, and 2006-2007.


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