Capella Tower | Suite 3500
225 South Sixth Street | Minneapolis, MN 55402
Main:(612) 604-6400 | Fax:(612) 604-6800 |  A Professional Association
A   B   C   D   E   F   G   H   I   J  
K   L   M   N   O   P   Q   R   S   T  
U   V   W   X   Y   Z   View All


Ryan K. Crayne

p (612) 604-6551   f (612) 604-6951 
University of Notre Dame Law School, J.D., emphasis in Taxation, 1993
University of South Dakota, B.S., Business Administration, 1990
Download vCard
Go to LinkedIn
Print page
Print PDF

Ryan K. Crayne is a shareholder with Winthrop & Weinstine, P.A. He joined the firm in 1998 after practicing business law in his home town of Sioux City, IA. Since that time, Ryan has narrowed his practice to the areas of trusts and estates, taxation, and family law as part of the firm's Estate Planning and Business Succession Planning group. He has a wide breadth of experience representing all constituents, big and small, both in transactional and litigation settings. Specific areas of experience include:

  • Complex estate and gift planning through will-based and trust-based plans
  • Complex life insurance planning and premium financed transactions
  • Asset protection planning
  • Estate and trust administration
  • Establishment, administration, reorganization, and termination of family limited partnerships, family limited liability partnerships, family limited liability companies, and family corporations
  • Charitable giving, including charitable remainder trusts, private foundations, donor advised funds, and charitable conservation easements
  • Business succession planning
  • Estate, generation-skipping transfer, gift and income tax planning, preparation and compliance
  • Retirement benefits planning
  • Litigated trust, estate and tax matters, including income and transfer tax audits, will and trust construction and contests, and breach of fiduciary claims
  • Family law issues
  • Conservatorship and guardianship proceedings
  • Elder law issues
  • Disability and special needs planning including trusts, social security, and medical assistance at the federal, state and local levels
  • Education planning including qualified state tuition programs (Section 529 plans), education IRAs, the preservation of financial aid eligibility for descendants and planned gifts for educational needs

Prior to practicing law in the private sector, Ryan was a law clerk to the Honorable Donald E. O'Brien, Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Iowa. 

Ryan resides in Edina, Minnesota, with his wife Leslie and their five sons.

Bar Admissions

Iowa, 1993
South Dakota, 1993
Nebraska, 1994
Minnesota, 1999
Wisconsin, 1999
Tennessee, 2009
New York, 2009
Texas, 2009
North Dakota, 2009
Michigan, 2009
Georgia, 2009
Articles & Presentations
Co-author. Minnesota Estate Planning, Wills and Trusts Library Forms and Practice Manual. 1st ed. Brooklandville, MD: Data Trace Company, 2009.

“Qualified State Tuition Programs (QSTPs)”

“Tax Aspects of Conservation Easements”

“Tax Case: Family Limited Partnerships Funded With Personal Use Property”

"Insight Series: Wealth Management." CFA Society Minnesota. 24 June, 2014.

"Complex Assets: The Most Overlooked Charitable Donations," Fidelity Charitable, 16 May 2012

Family Limited Partnerships in Minnesota, Sterling Education Services, 14 June 2001.

Current State Estate Tax Developments and Planning, Westlaw Seminar, 23 Apr. 2003.

Asset Protection in the Current Day

Basic Estate Administration for the Minnesota Paralegal

Tax Aspects of Conservation Easements, Probate & Trust Law Section Annual Meeting, 17 June 1999.

Ryan Crayne presented at Fidelity Charitable panel discussion.
"Complex Assets: The Most Overlooked Charitable Donations"

May 16, 2012
Marquette Hotel, Minneapolis
Honors & Awards
  • Ranked as “AV Preeminent” in LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell’s peer review ratings
  • Super Lawyers ®, Minnesota Law & Politics, 2005-2006
  • Rising Stars, Minnesota Law & Politics, 2002-2004
  • CPA Certificate – South Dakota Board of Accountancy, 1992

Professional Associations & Memberships
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Wisconsin State Bar Association
  • Iowa State Bar Association
  • Nebraska State Bar Association
  • South Dakota Bar Association
  • Hennepin County Bar Association
  • Ramsey County Bar Association
    • Past Co-chair, Ramsey County Bar Association, Tax Section
  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • American Association of Attorneys, CPAs
  • Iowa Society of CPAs
  • South Dakota Society of CPAs

Community Involvement
  • United Way, Catholic Charities, University of St. Thomas Law School
  • Member, Winthrop & Weinstine Pro Bono Committee
  • Member, St. Therese Catholic Church
  |  Login