Mediator's Profile

James Ryan

Business Name: Ryan Law Firm

Jim Ryan represents individuals and corporations in state and federal court, as well as before administrative agencies. Additionally, Jim has served as mediator in 580 civil cases as of January, 2023, 490 of which settled at the mediation with a signed settlement agreement. He has litigated and served as mediator in a wide variety of civil cases, including:

  • Discrimination/Retaliation/Harassment
  • Contract
  • Commercial
  • Construction
  • Partnership/Minority Shareholder disputes
  • Trade-secrets / Unfair-competition disputes
  • Product liability
  • Medical malpractice
  • Legal malpractice
  • Wrongful death
  • Personal injury

In addition to his mediation work, he has an active appellate practice, and has served as a special master at court request to resolve discovery disputes. He is licensed in Minnesota and Wisconsin.


  • University of Wisconsin Law School, J.D., 1978
  • University of Wisconsin, B.A., 1974
  • Graduate studies (not completed) in the University of Minnesota Philosophy Ph.D. Program, 1979-83

Bar Admissions

  • Wisconsin, 1978
  • Minnesota, 1984
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Wisconsin, 1978
  • U.S. District Court District of Minnesota, 1984
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit, 1987


  • Member, Academy of Court-Appointed Masters (former member)
  • National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals, Member, Present
  • 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)

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