James G. Ryan

Location:
Minneapolis, MN
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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)
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    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

    • Peterson v. Wallace, Creative Real Estate.Net, and Sunderman, 622 F.Supp.2d 791, 2008, D. Minn.
    • Murphey v. City of Minneapolis, 358 F.3d 1074, 2004, 8th Cir., 2004161317
    • State v. GWC, 2004 WL 1328036, 2004, Minn. App.
    • Lincoln v. Sears, Roebuck and Co. and Sears Home Improvement Products, Inc., 9 Wage & Hour Cas. 2d (BNA) 468, 27 NDLR 145, 2004 WL 62716, 2004, D. Minn., 2004065351
    • Lincoln v. Sears, Roebuck and Co. and Sears Home Improvement Products, Inc., 2003 U.S. Dist. Lexis 24191, aff'd 2003 U.S. Dist. Lexis 24192, 2003, D. Minn.
    • Lincoln v. Sears, Roebuck and Co. and Sears Home Improvement Products, Inc., 83 Empl. Prac. Dec. 41,249, 147 Lab. Cas. 34,636, 2002 WL 31108204, 2002, D. Minn., 2002605299
    • Munshi v. Alliant Techsystems, Inc., 2001 WL 1636494, 2001 U.S. Dist. Lexis 9639, 2001, D. Minn., 2001570906
    • Pierce v. Honan and Cottonwood County, No. C8-00-2065 (Minn. App. Jun. 19, 2001), Minnesota Court of Appeals, 2001 WL 682885, 2001 Minn. App. LEXIS 675, 2001 WL 682885, 2001, Minn.App., 2001520557
    • Kofflin v. American Airlines and Transport Workers, Local 512, No. 3-96-380 (D. Minn. Nov. 17, 1997), United States District Court for the District of Minnesota, 1997 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 20829
    • Vovk v. Tom Thumb Food Markets, No. C6-91-2377 (Minn. App. Jul. 28, 1992), Minnesota Court of Appeals, 1992 WL 174729, 1992 Minn. App. LEXIS 745, 1992 WL 174729, 1992, Minn.App., 1992133885
    • Wheeler v. McGee, No. C5-92-680 (Minn. App. Dec.21, 1992), Minnesota Court of Appeals, 1992 WL 383460, 1992 Minn. App. LEXIS 1272, pet. for rev. denied (Minn. Feb. 12, 1993), 1992 WL 383460, 1992, Minn.App., 1992223015
    • 200 Levee Drive Associates, Ltd. v. Bor-Son Bldg. Corp., 441 N.W.2d 560, 1989, Minn.App., 1989088424
    • 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. App. 1987), pet. for rev. granted (Minn. 1988), 417 N.W.2d 704, 1988, Minn.App., 1988004764
    • Gilmore v. Control Data Corp., 442 N.W.2d 835, 1989, Minn. App., 1989110741
    • Roehrdanz v. Roehrdanz, 438 N.W.2d 687, 1989, Minn. App., 1987099623
    • Maloney v. Ketter, No. C8-88-460 (Minn. App. July 19, 1988), 1988 WL 73081, 1988, 1988 Minn. App. LEXIS 653, 1988093130
    • Herron v. Green Tree Acceptance, Inc., 411 N.W.2d 192, 1987, (Minn. App. 1987), pet. for rev. denied (Minn. Sept. 30,1987), 1987102536
    • Smith v. Williams, No. C8-90-2144 (Minn. App. Mar. 19, 1991), 1991 WL 34692, 1991, 1991 Minn. App. LEXIS 240, 1991055531
    • Roehrdanz v. Roehrdanz, 410 N.W.2d 359, 1987, Minn. App., 1989059775
    • Uhl v. Uhl, 395 N.W.2d 106, 1986, Minn. App., 1997229675
    • Johnson v. Professional Services Group, 1996 WL 33324813, 1996, D. Minn., 2002115148
    • Thomas v. Honeywell, Inc., No. C8-94-29 (Minn. App. Sep. 13, 1984), 1994 Minn. App. Lexis 900, 1994 WL 495087, 1994, Minnesota Court of Appeals, 1994185102
    • Dohman v. Housely, 1993 WL 276869, 1993, Minn. App., 1993150539
    • Oja v. Dayton Hudson Corp., 458 N.W.2d 169, 1990, Minn. App., 1990111275
    • Maeser v. North Star Dodge Ctr., Inc., No. C0-90-131 (Minn. App. July 3, 1990), 1990 WL 89454, 1990, 1990 Minn. App. LEXIS 645, 1990101223
    • Mangan v. Cullen, 870 F.2d 1396, 1989, 8th Circuit Court, 1989043426
    • Bauer v. Republic Airlines, Inc., 442 N.W.2d 818, 1989, Minn. App., pet. for rev. denied Minn. Aug. 25, 1989, 1989099517
    • Biltz v. Northwest Airlines, Inc., 363 N.W.2d 94, 1985, Minn. App., 1985108560
    • Bari v. Control Data Corp., 439 N.W.2d 44, 1989, Minn. App., pet for rev. denied (Minn. July 12, 1989), 1989064319
    • Wheeler v. Teufel, 443 N.W.2d 555, 1989, Minn. App., 1989117104
    • Saiki v. State, 375 N.W.2d 547, 1985, Minn. App., pet. for rev. denied Minn. Dec. 19,1985, 1985151529
    • French v. Turnage, 915 F.2d 1577, 1990, 8th Cir.

    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, 05/31/2007 to 05/31/2007
    • "Keys to a Successful Mediation", 2006 Employment Law Institute, 05/22/2006 to 05/22/2006
    • "Eighth Circuit and Federal District Court Update", 21st Annual Employment Law Institute, 05/26/2004 to 05/27/2004
    • "Eighth Circuit and Federal District Court Update", 20th Annual Employment Law Institute, 05/28/2003 to 05/29/2003
    • "Hiring and Firing", Minnesota Institute of Legal Education, 02/07/2003 to 02/07/2003
    • "Recent Summary-Judgment Rulings by the Minnesota Supreme Court and the Minnesota Court of Appeals", 19th Annual Employment Law Institute, 05/30/2002 to 05/30/2002
    • "Choice of Forum", Minnesota Trial Lawyers Association, 02/15/2002 to 02/15/2002
    • "Recent Summary-Judgment Rulings by the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. District Court in Minnesota", 18th Annual Employment Law Institute, 05/31/2001 to 05/31/2001
    • "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, Present