Ryan Vettleson

T: 612.756.7148
E: ryanv@sapientialaw.com
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Ryan has been litigating and trying civil cases for over 15 years.  He uses his extensive litigation experience and people skills to resolve complex cases when possible, and relies on his trial experience when settlement is not an option.  Either way, he uses his writing skills, honed by years of drafting briefs in complex matters and teaching legal writing, to successfully convey his clients’ positions to opposing counsel and the court.

Ryan has practiced extensively in various areas of commercial litigation, product liability, and employment litigation.  He also has experience litigating civil rights matters.  He has tried numerous cases to verdict both on his own and as part of a trial team.  Ryan has represented varied clients from individuals to corporations to municipalities.  Throughout this representation, one thing has been constant: his determination to achieve the best results possible for his clients.  His drive and work ethic have been recognized by his peers as he has been named a Rising Star by Minnesota Law & Politics on five occasions.

Prior to joining Sapientia, Ryan was a partner at a litigation boutique firm.  He also taught legal writing for two years at the University of Minnesota Law School.  As a more junior attorney, he spent a year clerking at the Minnesota Court of Appeals.  The breadth of Ryan’s legal experience, combined with his innate adaptability as a trial lawyer, are assets for his clients facing far-ranging issues.

  • Representative Experience

    NSP v. GE (2015–2017)
    Part of the litigation team that represented GE in a $400 million suit by NSP over a catastrophic failure of a low pressure turbine at a coal-fired power plant.

    Miller v. Crown Cork & Seal Company, Inc. (2016)
    Successfully defended Crown Cork & Seal Company, Inc. in an asbestos exposure case, getting the case dismissed at summary judgment.

    Wesson v. Metropolitan Airports Commission (2015)
    Successfully defended several Airport Police Department Officers from alleged excessive force and unreasonable seizure claims.

    Socolof v. Honeywell (2007)
    Defended Honeywell from product liability suit related to a leak from a humidifier and successfully tendered defense to a component part supplier.

  • Professional Recognition

    Named a “Rising Star,” Minnesota Law & Politics, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2014 & 2015
    Named to the National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers (2013)
    Named to the National Trial Lawyers: Top 40 under 40 for Minnesota (2012)

  • Memberships

    Minnesota State Bar Association
    Hennepin County Bar Association
    Federal Bar Association

  • Civic Involvement

    Legal Writing Instructor at the University of Minnesota Law School, 2005–2006, and 2006–2007
    Board Member, University of Minnesota Morris Alumni Association, 2014-Present

J.D., University of Minnesota Law School (2001) Dean’s List, 1998–2001
B.A., University of Minnesota Morris,(1998) Dean’s List 1994–1998 Majors: History and English

Court Admissions
U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota
U.S. District Court, District of North Dakota
U.S. District Court, District of Wisconsin
U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit

Favorite Travel Spots: Sweden
Favorite Sport: Soccer (though watching NFL football is a passion)
Theme Song: “Dream On” by Aerosmith
Favorite Non-Profit: American Cancer Society
Favorite Part of Being a Lawyer:Trial, though since it happens infrequently, taking depositions is the next best thing
Little Known Fact: Spent childhood summers on Dead Lake