Ryan is a problem solver. He uses his trial and litigation skills to resolve complicated disputes. Ryan practices extensively in the areas of civil rights, personal injury, product liability, and commercial litigation. He has handled a large number of police misconduct and jail misconduct cases as well as a wide variety of personal injury cases, including motor vehicle crash and aviation cases. He has also handled significant commercial disputes, ranging in topics from disagreements over contracts to significant property damage cases involving product liability or premises liability.
Ryan joined the firm in October 2002 after clerking for a year for the Honorable Thomas J. Kalitowski at the Minnesota Court of Appeals. Growing up the son and brother of history teachers, Ryan taught legal writing at the University of Minnesota Law School and prides himself on his ability to educate the court and opposing counsel on the merits of his cases through artful and persuasive writing.
Minnesota Bar Association
Hennepin County Bar Association
Federal Bar Association
Minnesota Association for Justice
Legal Writing Instructor at the University of Minnesota Law School, 2005-2006, and 2006-2007.
Russell v. Taylor
United States District Court, District of Minnesota (2011)
Successfully settled case for plaintiff who suffered third and fourth degree burns to her legs after officers threw a flash-bang grenade toward her while executing a botched warrant.
Cirkl v. Langenbau
Hennepin County District Court (2014)
Obtained all available insurance for plaintiff husband and wife who were in a terrible automobile crash that killed the wholly at-fault driver.
Fancher v. Klann
United States District Court, District of Minnesota (2015)
Nineteen year-old college student was struck in the head by an officer swinging a metal flashlight. The officer admitted striking the plaintiff but claimed it was an accident and that the Plaintiff was struggling with the officer and blocking his path through the Plaintiff’s apartment. The officer refused to settle and forced a trial. The jury found for the Plaintiff and even awarded punitive damages against the Defendant officer.
Anonymous v. Anonymous
Hennepin County District Court (2011)
Obtained significant recovery for husband and wife after wife was severely injured in a crash caused by a commercial truck.
Madison v. Willis
U.S. District court, District of Minnesota (2010)
Obtained jury verdict for a Twenty-three year old woman who had done nothing wrong and was struck in the face on a sidewalk in downtown Minneapolis shortly after bar close by a Minneapolis Police Officer.