Randall Ryder

My practice is a specialized version of consumer law, as I only handle two types of cases: I represent consumers that have been harassed by debt collectors and I defend consumers in debt collection lawsuits. Many of these cases involve student loan debt, which is becoming a large part of my practice. I only represent consumers because I love fighting for the little guy.

Prior to law school, I lived in Los Angeles for four years, writing screenplays and working on commercials and music videos. Notably, I had the chance to work on Arnold Schwarzenegger’s first campaign commercials (I’m actually taller than him). I was also retained by a Beverly Hills law firm as an expert on Marvel Comics. Sadly, I was unable to meet Spiderman.

Honors

  • 2014 Minnesota Law Admissions Alumni Service Award
  • 2013 North Star Lawyer as recognized by the Minnesota State Bar Association
  • 2011 Exceptional Law Firm as recognized by Volunteer Lawyer’s Network

Admissions

  • Minnesota District Courts
  • United States District Court – Minnesota

Professional Memberships

  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Ramsey County Bar Association
  • National Association Consumer Advocates
  • Federal Bar Association

Education

  • University of Minnesota Law School (2009), J.D., magna cum laude, top 25% of graduating class, Dean’s List
  • University of Minnesota, Twin-Cities (2000), B.A.

Professional Experience

  • The Glover Law Firm, LLC – consumer rights litigation, including debt collection defense, debt collection abuse under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA)
  • Ramsey County Public Defenders Office (law clerk) – represented indigent clients in Ramsey County District court, including misdemeanors, gross misdemeanors, and felonies
  • Foley & Lardner, LLC – retained as expert witness on Marvel Comics, assisted in pre-trial discovery that led to settlement
  • Ervin, Cohen, & Jessup, LLP – retained as jury consultant for multi-million dollar copyright infringement case, provided substantive commentary on relative strengths and weaknesses of case

Teaching Experience

  • University of Minnesota Law School – attorney instructor, Maynard Pirsig Moot Court, 2010-present
  • University of Minnesota Law School – attorney instructor, Law in Practice, 2011-present
  • William Mitchell College of Law – attorney instructor, Deals and Dispute Resolution, 2012
  • University of Minnesota Law School – student instructor, Maynard Pirsig Moot Court, 2008-2009

Presentations

  • Minnesota State Bar Association – Consumer Litigation Panel, May 2014
  • Minnesota CLE – The Complete Lawyer: Consumer Debt Collection, May 2014
  • Minnesota CLE – Starting Your Own Solo or Small Firm, March 2014
  • University of St. Thomas Law School – Going Solo 101, January 2014
  • Minnesota CLEDebtor/Creditor Conference 2013 (co-chair)
  • Minnesota CLE – Practical Debtor Representation: Questions and Current Issues, October 2012
  • Minnesota CLE – The Complete Lawyer: Consumer Debt Collection, August 2012
  • Minnesota CLE – Handling Your First Consumer Law Case, June 2012
  • HOME line Unbundled Services: Pros, Cons, & Ethical Implications, May 2012
  • Minnesota CLE How to Start & Build a Successful Practice, March 2012
  • Hennepin County Bar Association – New Lawyers Section Nuts and Bolts seminar: Student Loan Repayment Options and Collections, February 2012
  • Minnesota CLE Dealing with Student Loans, January 2012
  • Minnesota CLE Spotting FDCPA Violations: A Primer for Bankruptcy Attorneys, January 2012
  • MALL Legal Research Institute – Debtor-Creditor Law, November 2011
  • Minnesota CLE – The Complete Lawyer: Consumer Debt Collection, November 2011
  • University of St. Thomas Law School – Student Loans: Repayment Options, Collections, & Borrower Rights, October 2011
  • Washington County Public Library - Consumer Debt Relief, August 2011
  • WebJunction – Foreclosure, and Bad Credit and No Job, Oh My!, June 2011
  • Minnesota CLE - Spotting FDCPA Violations: A Primer for Bankruptcy Attorneys, June 2011

In the Media

Public Service

  • Volunteer Lawyers Network, 2009-present
  • MACV Legal Clinic For Veterans 2012-present
  • University of St. Thomas School of Law Mentor Program 2012-present

Publications