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Ryan J. Schildkraut

I never put legal issues ahead of the business deal.

My Approach

When working with my clients, the most important question I ask is, “How will this deal help your business grow?” Each transaction has an underlying business goal, and the way I proceed with representing a client must by necessity stem from that achieving that goal. For me, it’s never about trying to “outlawyer” the other side. It’s about getting to the finish line and closing a deal that meets your business objectives – whatever they may be.

Outside of work, my life currently revolves around my family, especially my son, a restless toddler who I’m stealthily trying to indoctrinate as a Packers fan– against the wishes of my wife, a Vikings supporter. Thankfully we both root for Notre Dame!

A Groundbreaking Moment in My Career

For two years, I took a side-step from my legal career and 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 for our clients, the 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 – everything from developing a short and term 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 TCB 100: People to Know in 2017, Pioneer

Twin Cities Business Magazine. 2016

Rising Stars

Minnesota Super Lawyers®, 2014-2019