James G. Ryan

James G. Ryan

Location:
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Phone:
612-338-3872
Email:


Jim Ryan represents individuals and corporations in state and federal court, as well as before administrative agencies, in the following areas:

  • Appeals (Civil)

  • Employment Advising and Litigation for employers and employees

         +  Noncompetition agreements
         +  Employment agreements
         +  Separation and severance agreements
         +  Wrongful discharge and discrimination claims of all kinds
     
  • Business and Commerical Advising and Litigation

  • General Civil Litigation

  • Representation of Medical Personnel

         +  Employment agreements
         +  Disciplinary and licensing issues
         +  Separation and severance agreements

  • Licensing and Disciplinary Proceedings for physicians and other licensed professionals

  • Local Counsel for Out-of-State Law Firms

  • Mediation, Arbitration, Special Master (serves as a mediator, arbitrator, and Special Master  in civil cases)

     
  • For a more complete listing of areas of practice, see the "Home" page at  http://www.ryanlawfirm.com .


    HONORS:
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    • Selected as Member of the National Academy of Distringished Neutrals (www.nadn.org)
    • Top 20 Minnesota Appellate Attorneys (Law & Politics, Oct. 2000)
    • Top 40 Minnesota Employment Litigation Attorneys (Law & Politics, 2004 & 2005)
    • Top 40 Minnesota ADR Attorneys in Minnesota (Law & Politics, 2006 through 2014)
    • "Super Lawyer" (Minneapolis - St. Paul Magazine and Twin Cities Business Monthly) in each of the years 1998 through 2015 (less than 5% so honored each year)
    • "Leading Minnesota Attorney" in several areas of practice (employment law; appellate practice; alternative dispute resolution) through peer surveys conducted by Amercan Research Corporation (less than 6% so honored in each category)
    • "AV" rating from Martindale Hubbell (highest possible)

    Areas of Practice

    • Alternative Dispute Resolution
    • Contracts
    • Discrimination
    • Employment Law -- Employee
    • Employment Law -- Employer
    • Litigation & Appeals
    • Medical Malpractice
    • Sexual Harassment

    Certified Legal Specialties

    • Labor and Employment Law Specialist, Minnesota State Bar Association, 2011

    Bar Admissions

    • Wisconsin, 1978
    • Minnesota, 1984
    • U.S. District Court Western District of Wisconsin, 1978
    • U.S. District Court District of Minnesota, 1984
    • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit, 1987

    Education

    • University of Wisconsin Law School, Madison, Wisconsin
      • J.D. - 1978
    • University of Wisconsin - Madison
      • B.A. - 1974
    • Graduate studies (not completed) in the University of Minnesota Philosophy Ph.D. Program, Minneapolis, Minnesota 1979-83

    Representative Cases

    Representative Clients

    • The McKnight Foundation
    • Commercial Recovery Corporation
    • Richard D. Goff & Associates

    Classes/Seminars

    • "Keys to Ethical (and Successful) Mediation: An Ethics Session for Advocates and Mediator", 2007 Employment Law Institute, May 31, 2007
    • "Keys to a Successful Mediation", 2006 Employment Law Institute, May 22, 2006
    • "Eighth Circuit and Federal District Court Update", 21st Annual Employment Law Institute, May 26, 2004 - May 27, 2004
    • "Eighth Circuit and Federal District Court Update", 20th Annual Employment Law Institute, May 28, 2003 - May 29, 2003
    • "Hiring and Firing", Minnesota Institute of Legal Education, February 7, 2003
    • "Recent Summary-Judgment Rulings by the Minnesota Supreme Court and the Minnesota Court of Appeals", 19th Annual Employment Law Institute, May 30, 2002
    • "Choice of Forum", Minnesota Trial Lawyers Association, February 15, 2002
    • "Recent Summary-Judgment Rulings by the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. District Court in Minnesota", 18th Annual Employment Law Institute, May 31, 2001
    • "Pitfalls of Pleading", ABA, Employment Litigation Skills Training, October 31, 2000
    • "Psychological Harm in Employment Cases - The Expert's Perspective", 17th Annual Employment Law Institute, May 23, 2000
    • "Hot Topics and Real-Life Cases", Sexual Harassment in Minnesota Seminar, March 29, 2000
    • "Making Good Initial Choices - Choosing the Forum, the Claims, and the Defendants", 16th Annual Employment Law Institute, May 24, 1999
    • "Past Conduct in Employment Cases - Is It Discoverable? Admissible?", 15th Annual Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute, May 28, 1998
    • "Leaving a Paper Trail - Proof of Non-discriminatory Practices" , ADA Update 1997, Council on Education in Management, November 17, 1997
    • "Work Product and Privilege Issues in Employment Cases", 14th Annual Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute, May 30, 1997
    • "The Plaintiff's Past: Limits on Inquiries into the Plaintiff's Sexual and Medical History in Sexual-Harassment Cases", Hot Topics in Sexual Harassment, February 26, 1997
    • "Comparing and Contrasting Burdens of Proof in Discrimination Cases", 1996 Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute, May 28, 1996
    • Taught: "Mistakes Plaintiff's Lawyers Look For" Reasonable Accommodations: When, What and How, Minnesota State Bar Association, February 19, 1996
    • "Especially for Judges - Understanding Age Discrimination Issues", 3rd Annual Civial Litigation Institute, November 13, 1995
    • "Overcoming Summary Judgment in Age-Discrimination Cases", 12th Annual Employment Law Institute, May 24-25, 1995
    • "Avoiding Summary Judgment in Employment Discrimination Cases After Hicks", 11th Annual Employment Law Institute, May 23-24, 1994
    • "Jury Instructions and Special Verdicts - What to Use When Standard Jury Instruction Guides Don't Suffice", 10th Annual Employment Law Institute, May 26, 1993
    • "Surviving Summary Judgment in Defamation Cases", 9th Annual Employment Law Institute, May 28-29, 1992

    Honors and Awards

    • Selected as one of the Top 20 Appellate Lawyers in Minnesota (Law & Politics, Oct. 2000)
    • Selected as one of the Top 40 Employment Litigation Attorneys in Minnesota (Law & Politics, 2004 & 2005)
    • Selected as one of the Top 40 ADR Attorneys in Minnesota (Law & Politics, 2006 & 2007)
    • Member of Employment Law Advisory Subcommittee for the Civil Jury Instruction Guides (5th ed. 2006)
    • Selected as "Super Lawyer" by Minneapolis-St. Paul Magazine, Twin Cities Business Monthly, and Law & Politics, 1998-2007 (Only 5% of Minnesota attorneys so honored each year)
    • Selected as a "Leading Attorney" by American Research Corporation in Employment Law - Management, Employment Law - Individual, ADR: Employment Law, and Civil Appellate Law (Only 6% of Minnesota attorneys so honored)
    • Rated by Martindale Hubbell Law Directory - Legal Ability Rating: "A" - Very high to preeminent (Highest possible rating)
    • Rated by Martindale Hubbell Law Directory - Ethical Standards Rating: "V" - Very high (Highest possible rating)
    • Selected a Member of the Planning Committee for the Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute: 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, and 2001
    • Member of the Minnesota State Bar Association Labor and Employment Governing Council (2000-01)
    • Course Chair, "Hot Topics in Sexual Harassment" - Minnesota Continuing Legal Education, May 28, 1997

    Professional Associations and Memberships

    • American Bar Association, Member
    • Minnesota State Bar Association, Member
    • Wisconsin State Bar Association, Member
    • American Trial Lawyers Association, Member
    • Minnesota Trial Lawyers Association, Member
    • Hennepin County Bar Association, Member
    • Ramsey County Bar Association, Member
    • National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals, Member

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

    Phone: 612-338-3872
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