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James G. Ryan, Mediator, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

James G. Ryan

Ryan Law Firm
900 IDS Center
80 South Eighth Street
Minneapolis, MN 55402
Tel: (612) 338-3872
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Recognized to Minnesota Chapter for Mediation

Regularly travels out of state to: Wisconsin

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  • Practice Commenced: 1999
  • Total Mediations (as of Jun 2022): 569
Practice Percentages


Jim Ryan has served as mediator in 569 civil cases to date, 481 of which settled at the mediation.

Mr. Ryan has litigated civil cases since 1984, representing both plaintiffs and defendants, and 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], whistle-blower, 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.

Case Experience

  • ADA Disability
  • Appellate
  • Civil Rights
  • Commercial/Business
  • Contract Disputes
  • Discrimination
  • EEOC
  • Employment
  • Family Businesses
  • Health Care
  • Intellectual Property
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Libel & Slander
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Partnerships
  • Pensions
  • Personal Injury
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Liability
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Professional Negligence
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Shareholder Disputes
  • Torts
  • Unfair Competition
  • Wage & Hour/FMLA
  • Wrongful Death


  • University of Wisconsin-Madison (B.A., 1974)
  • University of Wisconsin (J.D., 1978)
  • Graduate Studies (not completed) in the University of Minnesota Philosophy Ph.D. Program (1979-1983)

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Member, Academy of Court-Appointed Masters (former member)
  • 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)

Rates Information

$495 per hour for prep time; $575 per hour for mediaion time

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