Dennis Ryan collaborates with clients to reach favorable outcomes in the areas of bankruptcy, business reorganizations, distressed M&A and commercial finance. He represents clients before the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in matters including Chapter 11 proceedings, complex intercreditor issues, fraud, guaranty litigation and lender liability claims.
Outside of bankruptcy, Dennis has assisted groups of insurance companies in restructuring their loans to a national entertainment management company based in Texas and an international leasing company based in Massachusetts. Dennis also has developed expertise in franchising issues while representing creditors and franchisors in the work-outs of dealership financing packages and franchise agreements. Dennis' practice has had a particular emphasis on retailing in connection with his representation of Target Corporation, Holiday Companies and others. He frequently represents commercial lenders in work-out situations and foreclosures. In addition, Dennis advises credit managers on payment and collection matters.


Bar Admissions


Court Admissions

U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit


U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, Hon. Donald P. Lay, 1984-1985


University of Iowa College of Law
J.D. with high distinction, Order of the Coif, Law Review (1984)

Dartmouth College
A.B. with distinction (1981)

Leadership & Community

Pro Bono

  • District of Minnesota Bankruptcy Adversary Proceeding Pro Bono Defense Project
  • Volunteer Lawyers Network — Board of Directors; debtor-creditor case screening panel and case clinic volunteer

Professional Associations

  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • Minnesota State Bar Association — Bankruptcy Section (Chair, 1997-98)
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of Minnesota — Practice Committee, Business Bankruptcy Subcommittee Chair (2012-17)

Civic Activities

  • Dartmouth Club of Midwest — Executive Committee (Dist. Enrollment Director)


  • American College of Bankruptcy — Fellow
  • Minnesota State Bar Association, Bankruptcy Section — Raeder Larson Public Service Award
  • Minnesota Super Lawyers — Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor Rights, 2003-05; 2010-19
  • Best Lawyers— Bankruptcy and Creditor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law, 2014-20 (Minneapolis Bankruptcy and Creditor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Lawyer of the Year, 2019)
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV rated
  • Faegre Baker Daniels — Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2018-19
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