Appellate Practice

appealsMr. Ryan has handled many civil and criminal appeals in state and federal court for his own clients and other law firms. His appellate experience includes the research and writing of more than 150 appellate briefs and, in many of those appeals, presenting oral argument to the appellate panel. Other law firms frequently retain him to handle their appeals.

The kinds of appeals Mr. Ryan has handled include the following:

Civil Appeals

  • Employment
  • Marriage-Dissolution
  • Construction (commercial)
  • Contract
  • Partnership Disputes and Dissolution
  • Professional Licensing and Discipline
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Personal-Injury
  • Other Civil Cases

Criminal Appeals

  • Appeals from felony convictions in state and federal courts

APPEALS HANDLED

A list of most of Mr. Ryan's appeals is provided below. Cases are listed in reverse chronological order by jurisdiction and court.

I. RYAN CLIENTS - Civil Cases

A. Federal Civil Appeals -- Ryan Clients

Murphey v. City of Minneapolis , 358 F.3d 1074 (8th Cir. 2004) (appellant/reversed)

French v. Turnage , 915 F.2d 1577 (8th Cir. 1990) (appellant/affirmed)

Mangan v. Cullen , 870 F.2d 1396 (8th Cir. 1989), Bankr. L. Rep. (CCH) 72,840 (appellant/affirmed)

Floyd v. Kellogg Sales Co ., 841 F.2d 226 (8th Cir. 1988), 47 Fair Empl. Prac. Cas. (BNA) 1211; 46 Empl. Prac. Dec. (CCH) 37,862; 4 BNA IER CAS 537, pet. for reh'g and pet. for reh'g en banc denied , 1988 U.S. App. LEXIS 3282 (8th Cir. Apr. 14, 1988), cert. denied , 488 U.S. 970 (appellant/rev'd in part)

Sennewald v. University of Minnesota , 847 F.2d 472 (8th Circ. 1988), 46 Fair Empl. Prac. Cas. (BNA) 1528; 46 Empl. Prac. Dec. (CCH) 37,980 (appellant/affirmed)

B. State Civil Appeals -- Ryan Clients

Pierce v. Honan , No. C8-00-2065 (Minn. App. Jun. 19, 2001), 2001 WL 682885, 2001 Minn. App. LEXIS 675 (respondent/affirmed)

Thomas v. Honeywell, Inc ., No. C8-94-29 (Minn. App. Sep. 13, 1994), 1994 WL 495087, 1994 Minn. App. LEXIS 900 (appellant/affirmed)

Dohman v. Housely , No. C4-92-2551 (Minn. App. Jul. 27, 1993), 1993 WL 276869, 1993 Minn. App. LEXIS 763, pet. for rev. denied (Minn. Sep. 30, 1993) (respondent/reversed)

Wheeler v. McGee , No. C5-92-680 (Minn. App. Dec. 21, 1992), 1992, WL 383460, 1992 Minn. App. LEXIS 1272, pet. for rev. denied (Minn. Feb. 12, 1993) (respondent/affirmed)

Vovk v. Tom Thumb Food Markets, Inc., No. C6-91-2377 (Minn. App. Jul. 28, 1992), 1992 WL 174729, 1992 Minn. App. LEXIS 745 (respondent/affirmed)

Smith v. Williams , No. C8-90-2144 (Minn. App. Mar. 19, 1991), 1991 WL 34692, 1991 Minn. App. LEXIS 240 (respondent/affirmed)

Oja v. Dayton Hudson Corp ., 458 N.W.2d 169 (Minn. App. 1990), 29 Wage & Hour Cas. (BNA) 1595; 116 Lab. Cas. (CCH) 56,362 (appellant/affirmed)

Maeser v. North Star Dodge Center, Inc., No. C0-90-131 (Minn. App. Jul. 3, 1990), 1990 WL 89454, 1990 Minn. App. LEXIS 645 (appellant/affirmed)

Vinkemeier v. Int. District 287, Henn. Tech. Centers , No. C7-89-2064 (Minn. App. Jul. 10, 1990), 1990 Minn. App. LEXIS 672 (respondent/affirmed)

Wheeler v. Teufel, 443 N.W.2d 555 (Minn. App. 1989) (respondent/reversed)

Gilmore v. Control Data Corp ., 442 N.W.2d 835 (Minn. App. 1989) (respondent/affirmed)

Bauer v. Republic Airlines, Inc., 442 N.W.2d 818 (Minn. App. 1989), pet. for rev. denied (Minn. Aug. 25, 1989) (appellant/affirmed)

200 Levee Drive Assocs. v. Bor-Son Bldg. Corp ., 441 N.W.2d 560 (Minn. App. 1989) (appellant/reversed)

Bari v. Control Data Corp., 439 N.W.2d 44 (Minn. App. 1989), pet. for rev. denied (Minn. Jul. 12, 1989) (appellant/affirmed)

Roehrdanz v. Roehrdanz , 438 N.W.2d 687 (Minn. App. 1989) (respondent/affirmed)

Lake City Apartments v. Lund-Martin Co ., 428 N.W. 2d 110, (Minn. App., 1988), pet. for rev. denied (Minn. Aug. 16, 1988), and 417 N.W.2d 704 (Minn. Ct. App. 1988), pet. for rev. granted and case remanded , 421 N.W.2d 302 (Minn. 1988) (appellant/reversed)

Maloney v. Ketter , No. C8-88-460 (Minn. App. Jul. 19, 1988), 1988 WL 73081, 1988 Minn. App. LEXIS 653 (respondent/affirmed)

Herron v. Green Tree Acceptance, Inc., 411 N.W.2d 192 (Minn. App. 1987), 3 BNA IER CAS 104, pet. for rev. denied (Minn. Sep. 30, 1987) (appellant/reversed)

Roehrdanz v. Roehrdanz , 410 N.W.2d 359 (Minn. App. 1987), pet. for rev. denied (Minn. Oct. 28, 1987) (respondent/affirmed)

Poplinski v. Gislason , 397 N.W.2d 412 (Minn. App. 1986) (appellant/reversed)

Uhl v. Uhl, 395 N.W.2d 106 (Minn. App. 1986) (appellant/reversed)

Biltz v. Northwest Airlines, Inc ., 363 N.W.2d 94 (Minn. App. 1985), 37 Fair Empl. Prac. Cas. (BNA) 171; 1 Am. Disabilities Cas. (BNA) 697 (appellant/affirmed)

II. CIVIL APPEALS FOR OTHER LAW FIRMS [Briefs "Ghost-written" for other Law Firms]

  1. A. Minnesota Supreme Court

Baker v. Baker, 753 N.W.2d 644 (Minn. 2008) (appellant/reversed)

Ayers v. Ayers , 508 N.W.2d 515 (Minn. 1993) (appellant/reversed)

Moylan v. Moylan, 423 N.W.2d 402 (Minn. 1988) (respondent/reversed)

McClelland v. Pierce , 376 N.W.2d 217 (Minn. 1985) (appellant/affirmed)

Larson v. Larson , No. C4-83-1070 (Minn. 1984) (respondent/affirmed)

Farrell v. Farrell , No. C7-83-1046 (Minn. 1984) (respondent/affirmed)

Hymanson v. City of St. Paul , 329 N.W.2d 324 (Minn. 1983) (appellant/affirmed)

Auge v. Auge , 334 N.W.2d 393 (Minn. 1983) (respondent/affirmed)

Lindeland v. Lindeland , No. C7-82-1599 (Minn. 1983) (respondent/affirmed)

Kasdan v. Kasdan , No. C0-83-353 (Minn. 1983) (respondent/affirmed)

Janssen v. Janssen , 331 N.W.2d 752 (Minn. 1983) (respondent/rev'd in part)

Visions, VIII v. Metro. Waste Control Comm'n , Nos. 82-113, 51510, 51568 (Minn. 1982) (appellant/affirmed)

Goff v. Goff , No. 82-97 (Minn. 1982) (respondent/affirmed)

Hansen v. Hansen , No. 94711 (Minn. 1982) (respondent/affirmed)

B. Minnesota Court of Appeals

Engelhart v. Engelhart, No. A12-1705 (Minn. App. Jun. 3, 2013), 2013 WL 2372164, 2013 Minn. App. Lexis 490 (respondent/affirmed)

Moore v. Moore, 734 N.W.2d 285 (Minn. App. 2007), review denied (Sep. 18, 2007) (appellant/reversed)

Baker v. Baker, 733 N.W.2d 815 (Minn. App. 2007) (respondent/reversed), subsequently reversed by 753 N.W.2d 644 (Minn. 2008) ( see Minnesota Supreme Court, above)

Rosenblum v. Rosenblum , No. A05-1366 (Minn. App. Jun. 27, 2006), 2006 WL 1738061(appellant/reversed)

Ferris v. Szachowicz , No. A05-553 (Minn. App. Jan. 3, 2006), 2006 WL 9576(appellant/affirmed)

Conner v. Conner , No. A04-1141 (Minn. App. May 17, 2005), 2005 WL 1153622, pet. for rev. denied (Minn. Jul. 19, 2005) (respondent/affirmed)

Z amberletti v. Zamberletti , No. A04-562 (Minn. App. Dec. 14, 2004), 2004 WL 2857532, pet. for rev. denied (Minn. Mar. 15, 2005) (respondent/affirmed)

In re Psychology License of Appleman, No. C6-02-142 (Minn. App. Jul. 16, 2002), 2002 WL 1544069, 2002 Minn. App. LEXIS 823 (appellant/affirmed)

Liebscher v. Liebscher , Nos. C9-99-995 and C4-99-998 (Minn. App. Dec. 21, 1999), 1999 WL 1216917, 1999 Minn. App. LEXIS 1363 (appellant/rev'd in part)

Conlan v. Conlan , No. C0-98-2219 (Minn. App. Jun. 22, 1999), 1999 WL 410308, 1999 Minn. App. LEXIS 695 (respondent)

Weinmeyer v. Weinmeyer , No. C7-98-1262 (Minn. App. Feb. 02, 1999), 1999 WL 43345, 1999 Minn. App. LEXIS 111 (appellant)

Liebscher v. Liebscher , No. CX-97-1620 (Minn. App. May 26, 1998), 1998 WL 268087, 1998 Minn. App. LEXIS 598 (appellant)

Heffelfinger v. Heffelfinger , No. C2-96-189 (Minn. App. Aug. 13, 1996), 1996 WL 453562, 1996 Minn. App. LEXIS 935 (appellant/affirmed)

Kriz v. Kriz , No. C6-95-1853 (Minn. App. Jun. 4, 1996), 1996 WL 291616, 1996 Minn. App. LEXIS 673 (appellant/affirmed)

Coakley v. Coakley , No. C0-93-516 (Minn. App. Aug. 10, 1993), 1993 WL 302136, 1993 Minn. App. LEXIS 801 (appellant/reversed)

Ciresi v. Ciresi , No. C1-93-282 (Minn. App. Jul. 27, 1993), 1993 WL 276861, 1993 Minn. App. LEXIS 746 (appellant/affirmed)

Sanborn v. Sanborn , 503 N.W.2d 499 (Minn. App. 1993) (appellant/affirmed)

Ayers v. Ayers , 494 N.W.2d 306 (Minn. App. 1993) (respondent/reversed, but that decision was reversed by the Minnesota Supreme Court [see above])

Boisclair v. Boisclair , No. C8-91-2154 (Minn. App. Aug. 4, 1992), 1991 WL 271552, 1992 Minn. App. LEXIS 778 (respondent/affirmed)

Stern v. Stern, No. C8-91-1487 (Minn. App. Jan. 28, 1992), 1992 WL 10729, 1992 Minn. App. LEXIS 69 (appellant/affirmed)

Stern v. Stern, No. C8-91-1067 (Minn. App. Dec. 24, 1991), 1991 WL 271552, 1991 Minn. App. LEXIS 1210 (appellant/affirmed)

Doyle v. Doyle , No. C2-90-1443 (Minn. App. Mar. 5, 1991), 1991 WL 26064, 1991 Minn. App. LEXIS 205 (appellant)

Zamberletti v. Zamberletti , No. C3-89-411 (Minn. App. Nov. 07, 1989), 1989 WL 131558, 1989 Minn. App. LEXIS 1211 (respondent/affirmed)

Yount v. Yount , No. CX-89-311 (Minn. App. Sep. 12, 1989), 1989 WL 103249, 1989 Minn. App. LEXIS 997 (appellant)

Buchanan v. Buchanan , No. CX-88-1979 (Minn. App. May 30, 1989), 1989 WL 55454, 1989 Minn. App. LEXIS 997 (appellant)

Hinding v. Hinding , Court of Appeals, No. C0-88-1442 (Minn. App. Feb. 21, 1989), 1989 WL 12357, 1989 Minn. App. LEXIS 193 (respondent/affirmed)

Patch v. Patch , No. C1-87-1388 (Minn. App. Mar. 01, 1988), 1988 WL 15850 (respondent/affirmed)

Salstrom v. Salstrom , 404 N.W.2d 848 (Minn. App. 1987) (respondent)

Coakley v. Coakley , 400 N.W.2d 436 (Minn. App. 1987), 87 A.L.R.4th 339 (appellant/reversed)

Mervin v. Magney Construction Co., 399 N.W.2d. 579 (Minn. App. 1987) (respondent/rev'd in part)

Poach v. Poach , 392 N.W.2d 749 (Minn. App. 1986) (respondent/affirmed)

In re Estate of Anderson , 384 N.W.2d 518 (Minn. App. 1986) (appellant)

Cummings v. Cummings , 376 N.W.2d 726 (Minn. App. 1985) (respondent/affirmed)

Winter v. Winter , 375 N.W.2d 76 (Minn. App. 1985) (respondent/affirmed)

Moylan v. Moylan , 368 N.W.2d 353 (Minn. App. 1985) (respondent)

Mathias v. Mathias , 365 N.W.2d 293 (Minn. App. 1985) (respondent)

Sorenson v. Maski , 361 N.W.2d 498 (Minn. App. 1985) (appellant)

Abuzzahab v. Abuzzahab , 359 N.W.2d 329 (Minn. App. 1984) (respondent)

Boulevard Del, Inc. v. Stillman , 343 N.W.2d 50 (Minn. App. 1984) (respondent/affirmed)

III. Criminal Appeals -- Ryan Clients and Clients of Other Law Firms

United States Supreme Court

Hansen vs. United States (Oct. Term, 1978) - Petition for Writ of Certiorari

Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals

United States vs. Hansen , 583 F.2d 325 (7th Cir. 1978), pet. for cert. denied , 439 U.S. 912, 99 S. Ct. 283, 58 L. Ed. 2d 259 (1978) (appellant/affirmed)

United States vs. Skinner , No. 79-1718 (7th Circ. 1979) (appellant/affirmed)

California Court of Appeal

State v. Cusino , No. 1 Crim. 19140, California Court of Appeal, First District (1979) (appellant/affirmed)

Illinois Court of Appeals

State v. Rinaldo , 80 Ill. App. 32 433, 399 N.E.2d 1027, 35 Ill. Dec. 738 (Ill. App. 1980) (appellant/affirmed)

Minnesota Court of Appeals

State v. GWC , 2004 WL 1328036 (Minn. App. 2004) (appellant/reversed)

Saiki v. State , 375 N.W.2d 547 (Minn. App. 1985), pet. for rev. denied (Minn. Dec. 19, 1985) (appellant/affirmed)

Texas Court of Appeals

Newkirk v. State, Texas Court of Criminal Appeals (1978) (appellant/affirmed)

Wisconsin Court of Appeals

State v. Quinn , 93 Wis.2d 699, 287 N.W.2d 856 (Wis. App. 1979) (appellant/affirmed)

State v. Rezazadeh , 91 Wis.2d 850, 284 N.W.2d 121 (Wis. App. 1979) (appellant/reversed)

State v. Brown , 91 Wis.2d 851, 284 N.W.2d 122 (Wis. App. 1979) (appellant/affirmed)

State v. Siegle , No. 78-508-CR (Wis. App.1978) (appellant/affirmed)

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