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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 Oct 2022): 569
Practice Percentages


Jim Ryan has served as mediator in 576 civil cases to date, 486 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 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, 42 U.S.C. sec. 1983, 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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