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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. His employment law practice primarily focuses on advising employers on personnel and policy issues, drafting employment agreements, including retroactive covenants, and litigating numerous employment law related issues, including involving confidential information, trade secrets, restrictive covenants and allegations of retaliation. Ryan also assists federal and state contractors/subcontractors with their affirmative-action obligations, including  compliance audits.

Ryan is currently the firm’s Treasurer and a member of the firm’s Management Committee and Board of Directors.

Practice Areas

  • Business Litigation
    • Contract Disputes
    • Defend Financial Institutions Against Consumer Claims (TILA, FLRA, FDPA, TCPA, etc.)
    • Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) Disputes
    • Shareholder/Member Disputes
    • 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)
    • Insurance Disputes/Coverage
  • Business Consulting
    • Contract Matters
    • Uniform Commercial Code (UCC)- Sales Contracts/Disputes
    • Debt Collection
  • 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 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 States District Court – Western District of Wisconsin (2015)
  • United States District Court – District of North Dakota (2018)

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


  • “Employer’s Guide to COVID-19” – Felhaber Larson Webinar (2020) (Co-Presenter)
  • “Risky Business: Actionable Tools For Nonprofits – Addressing Fraud and Cyber Threats from a Forensic, Legal and Public Relations Perspective” – Minneapolis, MN (2020) (Co-Presenter)
  • “Red Pencil/Blue Pencil Rulings:  Eradicating Restrictiveness in Employment Agreements Designed to Protect Trade Secrets and Guard Against Unfair Competition” – Advanced Employment Issues Symposium, Las Vegas, NV (2017) (Co-Presenter)
  • “Recordkeeping Audits: Best Practices for Paper and E-Storage, Meeting Mandatory Notice, Posting, and Policy Drafting Requirements, and More” – Advanced Employment Issues Symposium, Las Vegas, NV (2017) (Co-Presenter)
  • “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)


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