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Ryan Olson represents clients in business and employment matters. His business consulting and litigation practice ranges from assisting clients with contract disputes to litigating business tort claims.

Ryan also advises employers on personnel and policy issues, non-competition agreements, and litigates numerous employment law related issues. He also assists federal and state contractors/subcontractors with their affirmative-action obligations. His assistance to contractors/subcontractors ranges from development and implementation of affirmative-action plans to assisting contractors/subcontractors with compliance audits.

Practice Areas

  • Business Litigation
    • Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) Disputes
    • Shareholder/Member Disputes
    • Insurance Disputes/Coverage
    • Business Tort Claims
      • Trade Secret Claims
      • Unfair Competition Claims
      • Fraud/Misrepresentation Claims
      • Tortious Interference Claims
      • Breach of Fiduciary Duty Claims
    • Commercial Collection Litigation (Pre and Post Judgment)
    • Surety/Payment Bond Claims
    • Contractor Licensing Disputes
  • Business Consulting
    • Uniform Commercial Code (UCC)- Sales Contracts/Disputes
    • Debt Collection
    • Contractor Licensing Requirements
  • Employment Law – Litigation
    • Discrimination, Reprisal, Whistleblower, FLSA, ADA, ADEA, FMLA, and Non-Compete Claims
    • Department of Labor/Minnesota Department of Human Rights Act Audits/Charges
    • Employment Arbitrations
    • ERISA Litigation
  • Employment Law – Consulting
    • Personnel, Policy, Compliance, Non-Compete, and Wage-and-Hour Issues
    • Federal and State Contractor/Subcontractor Affirmative Action Obligations, and Compliance Audits

Professional Certifications, Awards and Designations

  • Named by peers as a Rising Star ®, Minnesota Law & Politics, 2008 – 2017

Bar Admissions

  • Minnesota State Bar, 2004
  • United States District Court – District of Minnesota, 2004
  • North Dakota Bar, 2005
  • U.S. Court of Appeals – 8th Circuit, 2005
  • U.S. Court of Appeals – 7th Circuit, 2009
  • United Statees District Court – Western District of Wisconsin (2015)

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Minnesota Supreme Court, 4th Judicial District Ethics Committee Member
  • Co-editor Minnesota Employment Law Letter
  • Employers Counsel Network, Member
  • 50 Employment Laws in 50 States, Contributing Author


  • J.D., Indiana University – Indianapolis, magna cum laude 2004
  • B.S., Business Administration, North Dakota State University, with honors, 1999


  • “What 2015 Taught Us About Non-Competes”, Felhaber Larson Labor & Employment Seminar, Bloomington, MN (2015)
  • “OFCCP Update: New Requirements, New Enforcement, New Headaches” – Felhaber Larson Labor & Employment Seminar, Bloomington, MN (2014)
  • “Regulatory Update: New Directions for the OFCCP, OSHA and DOL” – Felhaber Larson Labor & Employment Seminar, Bloomington, MN (2013)
  • “Trends In Litigation: Hot Buttons and Future Trends” – Complying with Federal Mortgage Lending Laws Seminar, Lorman Seminar, Bloomington, Minnesota (2011)
  • “Keeping Your Secrets: Cases, laws and agreements used to serve the confidentiality of your company’s valuable intellectual property” – Felhaber, Larson, Fenlon & Vogt, P.A. Seminar, Fargo, ND (2007)
  • “Managing the Whistleblower Employee” – Felhaber, Larson, Fenlon & Vogt, P.A. Labor & Employment Seminar (2005)
  • “FLSA Coverage Issues, Record Keeping Requirements and More” – Payroll Management in Minnesota Seminar (2005)
  • “Trade Secrets & Confidential Information” – Felhaber, Larson, Fenlon & Vogt, P.A. Health Law Seminar (2004)


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