Mediation Services – Civil Cases – Jim Ryan

Qualifications and background as mediator in civil cases


Jim Ryan has served as mediator in 589 civil cases to date, 495 of which settled at the mediation with a signed settlement agreement.

Mr. Ryan has litigated civil cases since 1984, representing both plaintiffs and defendants, and has served as a mediator since 2001, in cases involving a wide variety of legal claims, including (a) claims arising under state and federal statutes (discrimination [age, race, national origin, disability, sexual harassment, gender and retaliation], whistleblower, Title VII, MHRA, FMLA, ERISA, Uniform Trade Secrets Act, Minnesota Government Data Practices Act, RICO, Consumer Fraud Act, 302A.751 litigation [unfairly-prejudicial conduct toward minority shareholder in close corporation, etc.], bankruptcy retaliation), and (b) claims arising under common law , including breach of contract, commercial construction, partnership disputes, non-competition and confidentiality agreements, trade-secret and unfair-competition disputes, fraud, negligent misrepresentation, breach of fiduciary duty, intentional and negligent infliction of emotional distress, promissory estoppel, defamation, assault and battery, tortious interference with contract/prospective advantage, sexual assault, negligent hiring, supervision, and retention, medical malpractice, legal malpractice, wrongful death, personal injury, and so on.

He is licensed in Minnesota and Wisconsin.


Relevant Honors and Activities


Top 20 Appellate Lawyers in Minnesota ( Law & Politics , 2000)

Top 40 Employment Litigation Attorneys in Minnesota ( Law & Politics , 2004 – 2005)

Top 40 ADR Attorneys in Minnesota ( Law & Politics , 2006 – 2010) (No “Top 40” lists after 2010)

“Super Lawyer” (1998 – 2019)
(Minneapolis-St. Paul Magazine, Twin Cities Business Monthly, Law & Politics)

“Leading Minnesota Attorney” (American Research Corporation) in each of the following areas:

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Civil Appellate Law
  • Employment Law Individual
  • Employment Law Management

Board Certified Labor and Employment Law Specialist (MSBA)

Member of Employment Law Subcommittee for the Civil Jury Instruction Guides (5th ed. 2006)

Member of the Minnesota Continuing Legal Education Planning Committee for the Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute (1996 – 2001, 2007)

Minnesota State Bar Association – Labor and Employment Governing Council (2000-01)

Martindale Hubbell Ratings: “a”/”v”


Member of the Following Mediation Panels


National Association of Distinguished Neutrals

AAA (American Arbitration Association)

FINRA (Financial Industry Regulatory Authority)

Resolute Systems, LLC


ADR Training and Experience


Certified Civil Mediation
Minnesota State Bar Association
March 10, 11, 13, and 14, 2000
ADR I.D. # 3391

Advanced Negotiation/Mediation
National Institute for Trial Advocacy
September 29-30 & October 1, 2004
Louisville, Colorado

Certified Civil Arbitration Training
Minnesota State Bar Association
May 26, 2005

Advanced Mediation and Advocacy Skills Institute
American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution
October 15-16, 2009
Philadelphia, PA

Lawyers Who Have Used Ryan as a Mediator

Civil Cases Litigated Relevant to Mediation

For additional background, see Firm Overview