Ryan Law Firm
Ryan Law Firm
Minneapolis, MN

Minneapolis Attorney - James G. Ryan

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Jim Ryan represents clients in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and surrounding jurisdictions. In more than 30 years of practice, he has received several honors based on state-wide surveys of Minnesota attorneys, including the following:

  • Top 20 Appellate Attorneys

  • Top 40 Employment Litigation Attorneys

  • Top 40 ADR Attorneys

  • "Super Lawyer"

In addition, Ryan has been named a "Leading Minnesota Attorney" by American Research Corporation in the areas of Appellate Law, Employment Law, and Mediation

Minneapolis, MN

Areas of Practice

  • Appeals

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  • Mediation/Arbitration

Click on "Mediation-Civil Cases" or, for family-law mediations, "Mediation-Family Law"

  • Special Master

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  • Employment, Business, and Commercial Litigation and Advising

Employment Litigation:

Ryan represents both employers (defendants) and employees (plaintiffs) in litigation involving the wide variety of claims typically arising out of the employment relationship, including:

Discrimination and Other Statutory Claims:

» Age
» Race
» National origin
» Gender
» Sexual harassment
» Pregnancy
» Religion
» Disability
» Whistleblower
» Retaliation/Reprisal
» Breach of duty of fair representation
» Breach of collective bargaining agreements
» Minnesota Human Rights Act ("MHRA")
» Title VII of the Civil Rights Acts of 1964, as amended ("Title VII")
» Age Discrimination in Employment Act ("ADEA")
» Americans with Disabilities Act ("ADA")
» Family Medical Leave Act ("FMLA")
» Employees Retirement Income Security Act ("ERISA")
» 42 USC 1983 claims
» Others

Common-law Claims:

» Defamation
» Breach of contract
» Promissory estoppel
» Invasion of privacy
» Tortious (or intentional) interference with contractual relations
» Fraud
» Intentional infliction of emotional distress
» Negligent infliction of emotional distress
» Negligent hiring
» Negligent supervision
» Negligent retention
» Assault
» Battery
» False imprisonment
» Others

Noncompetition Claims:

» Noncompetition Agreements
» Confidentiality
» Agreements
» Uniform Trade Secrets Act
» Unfair Competition
» Tortious Inference with Contract or Prospective Advantage

Advising, Negotiating, and Draftng:

» Executive Employment Agreements
» Physician Employment Agreements
» Severance Agreements and Releases
» Noncompetition and Confidentiality Agreements

Analyzing and Enforcing:

» Intellectual Property Disputes (Uniform Trade Secrets Act, Noncompetition Issues, etc.)
» Minority-shareholder Disputes
» Partnership Disputes
» Breach-of-Contract and Statutory Claims

Corporate Investigations:

Conducting internal investigations for corporations of sexual-harassment, discrimination, whistleblower, retaliation, and other employee claims

Commerical and Business Litigation, General:

Ryan represents corporations in commercial litigation against other corporations and individuals for breach of contract, violations of statutory law, and other claims commonly arising in the business setting

  • Representation of Medical Personnel

Ryan advises and represents medical professionals (physicians, psychologists, dentists, etc.) in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, North Dakota, and other jurisdictions in connection with:

Employment Issues:

Impending termination or discipline by hospitals, clinics, and practice groups

Licensing Issues:

Challenges to denials of licensure by licensing boards

Disciplinary Proceedings Commenced by Licensing Boards:

» Minnesota Board of Medical Practice
» Minnesota Board of Psychology
» Minnesota Board of Dentistry
» Licensing Boards of other States

  • Representation of High-Level Executives

Ryan advises and represents high-ranking executives in connection with:

Employment Agreements:

Review and negotation of proposed Employment Agreements

Separation Agreements and Releases:

Review and negotation of proposed Separation and Severance Agreements

Noncompetition Agreements:

» Drafting, review, and negotation of Noncompetition Agreements

» Enforcement and defending against enforcement of Noncompetition Agreements

  • Qui Tam Litigation (False Claims Act)
  • Local Counsel for Out-of-State Law Firms

Ryan regularly serves as local counsel for out-of-state law firms in state and federal court in business litigation, product-liability actions (Zoloft, Prozac, etc.), and other cases.

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5010 Flour Exchange Building
310 Fourth Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55415

Phone: (612) 338-3872