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In more than 35 years of practice, Jim Ryan has received several honors based on statewide surveys of Minnesota attorneys, including: Top 20 Appellate Attorneys, Top 40 Employment Litigation Attorneys, and Top 40 ADR Attorneys. In addition to being included in the list of SuperLawyers each year during the 22-year period 1998 – 2019, Ryan has been also been named a “Leading Minnesota Attorney” by American Research Corp. in the areas of appellate law, employment law, and mediation.


Jim Ryan practices in state and federal courts in Minnesota and Wisconsin in the areas of:


  • Professional Licensing & Discipline
  • Civil Appeals
  • Mediator – General — Serves as a Mediator in Civil Cases
  • Mediator – Family Cases — Serves as a Mediator in Family Law Cases
  • Local Counsel for out-of-state firms



Over the course of his career, Mr. Ryan has litigated to conclusion hundreds of cases in his areas of practice.


Mr. Ryan regularly speaks at seminars attended by other lawyers and submits written materials in connection with those appearances.



1974, University of Wisconsin-Madison, BA
1978, University of Wisconsin Law School, JD
1979-83, Graduate studies (not completed) in the University of Minnesota Philosophy Ph.D program


Court Admissions:

1978 Wisconsin
1978 United States District Court, Western District of Wisconsin
1984 Minnesota
1984 United States District Court, District of Minnesota
1987 United States Court of Appeals, 8th Circuit




Top 20 Appellate Lawyers in Minnesota (Law & Politics, October, 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” by the following publications: (annually from 1998 to 2019)

  • Minneapolis-St. Paul Magazine
  • Twin Cities Business Monthly
  • Law & Politics


(Only 5 percent of Minnesota attorneys named “Super Lawyers” per year)


“Leading Attorney” by American Research Corp. in each of the following areas:

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


(Only 6 percent of Minnesota attorneys so honored)


Ratings by Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory
Legal Ability Rating: “A” — very high to pre-eminent (highest rating)
General Recommendation Rating: “V” — very high (highest rating)

Board-Certified Labor and Employment Law Specialist (MSBA)


Member of:

  • Employment Law Advisory Subcommittee for the Civil Jury Instruction Guides (5th ed. 2006)
  • Planning Committee for the Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute: 1996-2001, 2007
  • Minnesota State Bar Association Labor and Employment Governing Council (2000-01)



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James G. Ryan - America's Top 50 Lawyers - Mediation - Minnesota

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