Randall Ryder

I sue debt collectors who harass and abuse consumers, violate consumers’ rights, and invade consumers’ privacy under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDPCA).

I also defend consumers who have been sued by debt collectors, debt buyers, and original creditors. For consumers who are sued in conciliation court, or who prefer to handle the case themselves, I help them prepare with consultations.

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

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, Practice and Professionalism, 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 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)
  • University of St. Thomas School of Law Mentor Program (2012)

Publications

  • Caveat Emptor – consumer rights blog
  • Lawyerist – law practice management blog
  • Elder Parent Help
  • Minnesota Lawyer, September 2012: iPhone 5: Game changer or shiny new toy?
  • Minnesota State Bar Association, Hearsay Spring/Summer 2011: Run a High Tech Practice on a Small Budget
  • Minnesota State Bar Association, Labor & Employment Law News, Spring 2009 Public Sector Update; co-authored with Professor Steve Befort
  • Minnesota State Bar Association, Labor & Employment Law News, Fall 2008 Public Sector Update; co-authored with Professor Steve Befort
  • Advanced Supreme Court Update: Labor and Employment Decisions of the 2007-08 Term, Labor and Employment Law Institute § 1 (Minnesota CLE 2008); co-authored with Professor Steve Befort
  • Employment Law and Practice (2nd ed. West Group 2003) & Supp. 2008; research assistant to Professor Steve Befort