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Ryan J. Schildkraut

There's always a path forward, it's just a matter of finding it.

My Approach

I help clients realize business opportunities and solve legal challenges in ways that work for their particular business needs.  Working with entrepreneurs over the entire life-cycle of their businesses – from start-up to exit and everything between – I never lose sight of the fact that being a lawyer is fundamentally a “helping profession.” I strive to develop genuine, long-lasting relationships with my clients, and I am personally invested in their success.

My style is all about integrating with your team and your culture to find creative ways to accomplish your legal and business objectives, as opposed to looking for reasons why you can’t move forward. I get that good business deals often require you to take on some legal risk. To make sure these are informed, appropriate risks, I focus on the issues that are likely to have real-world consequences, and then strategize with you about how to move forward so that you have peace of mind. I won’t waste your time or money going down rabbit holes.

I also add value by leveraging my personal network to connect you with potential funding sources, customers, and other service providers.

Outside of work, my life currently revolves around my family, especially my two rambunctious toddler boys. When we are not chasing our kids around, my wife and I love to travel, cook, try new restaurants, catch up on our favorite TV shows, and knock out a never-ending list of home improvement projects.  I’m a die-hard Green Bay Packers fan, and am stealthily trying to indoctrinate my sons – against the wishes of my wife, who is a Minnesota native. Thankfully, we all root for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish!

A Groundbreaking Moment in My Career

For two years, I took a side-step from my legal career to become a partner at a boutique investment banking firm, representing sellers trying to find the right buyer for their businesses. I loved working in the law, but was excited about the opportunity to advise business owners on deals from a different angle and at a different stage in the transaction. I learned so much from that experience, and gained a great deal of empathy for my clients as entrepreneurs. Lawyers can tend to see transactions in black and white, but the business world is a whole lot of grey. After having spent the first part of my career in a law firm, I also appreciated the opportunity to learn more about how to run a small business – including developing a short- and long-term budget, managing the buildout of new office space, and making critical hiring decisions. Ultimately, I learned something about myself too – I like executing deals and bringing them to the finish line more than I like the thrill of finding the right buyer for a business. So I returned to legal practice, with a great appreciation for the experience I gained.

Practice Areas

Honors & Awards

The Best Lawyers in America©

Mergers and Acquisitions Law, 2024

Attorney of the Year

Minnesota Lawyer, 2021

The TCB 100: People to Know in 2017, Pioneer

Twin Cities Business Magazine. 2016

Rising Stars

Minnesota Super Lawyers®, 2014-2021

Legal Eagle

Franchise Times, 2024