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Ryan C. McCarthy

Ryan C. McCarthy


Ryan McCarthy is an associate in the firm’s Minneapolis office, concentrating his practice on defending product manufacturers at all stages of product liability litigation. Ryan is a member of the firm’s drug and medical device group, toxic tort group, discovery group, and sport’s equipment manufacturer team. Ryan has extensive experience conducting pretrial motions, evidentiary hearings, depositions, trials, settlement conferences, and appellate arguments. 

Before joining Bowman and Brooke in 2018, Ryan served as an Assistant County Attorney for approximately 3.5 years at the Dakota County Attorney’s Office in Dakota County, Minnesota where he prosecuted adult, felony crimes. He has tried many cases, both to a jury and the court, and has conducted countless arraignments, contested evidentiary hearings, pretrial motions, settlement conferences, and appellate arguments. 

Immediately after law school, Ryan served as a Deputy Solicitor General for the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe where he represented, counseled, and advised the Band government in numerous areas, including fee-to-trust land applications, treaty rights, civil litigation, child support and child protection, contracts, housing and home loan policy, gaming, and employment and labor relations. While pursuing his J.D., Ryan served as an Extern and Scholarship Recipient for Target Corporation and clerked for the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Minnesota. Ryan was also the President of the Native American Law Student Association. 

In addition to his practice, Ryan serves on the Board of numerous non-profit organizations and is active in the legal community. Ryan is committed to supporting diversity and inclusion in the legal community. He held leadership roles in the Minnesota State Bar Association as the Chair of the New Lawyer’s Section and is a member of the Minnesota American Indian Bar Association.

Bar Admissions

  • Minnesota, 2014

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota


  • Mitchell Hamline College of Law, J.D., 2014

    magna cum laude

    WMCL Scholars Scholarship

    Diversity in Law Scholarship Recipient from Target Corporation

    CALI Excellence for the Future Award, Spring 2014

    National Native American Law Student Association Moot Court Competition, 1st Place National Champion

    National Native American Law Student Association Moot Court, 2nd Place, Best Oral Advocate

    Dean’s List, 2013 — 2014

    Minnesota Justice Foundation Public Service Recognition

    President, Native American Law Student Association

  • Hamline University, B.A., 2010

Professional Associations

    • Minnesota State Bar Association 
      —New Lawyers Section, Vice Chair
      —Executive Council Member
    • Minnesota Alliance with Youth 
      —Board of Directors
    • Warren Burger Inn of Court
      —Associate Member
    • Federal Bar Association
      Bar Talk, Contributor
    • Minnesota American Indian Bar Association


    • Leadership Council on Legal Diversity
      —Pathfinder, 2020
    • Bowman and Brooke Trial Skills College
      —Outstanding Direct Examination of a Plaintiff’s Expert, 2020
    • Mitchell Hamline School of Law
      —Adjunct Professor

Recent News, Events and Blogs

Speaking Engagements

  • "Where No One Has Gone Before: Managing the Rapidly Expanding Employee Data Footprint," Co-Presenter, Webinar, August 2020
  • "Where No One Has Gone Before: Controlling Employee Awareness of Their Rogue Data," Co-Presenter, ACC MN Conference Webinar, June 2020
  • "2020 New Lawyer Experience," Co-Presenter, Minnesota CLE, January 2020


  • "Sued for Sanitizer? New FDA Guidance to Non-Drug Manufacturers for Alcohol-Based Hand Sanitizers to Combat COVID-19," Co-Author, DRI In-House Defense Quarterly, September 2020
  • "New FDA Guidance to Non-Drug Manufacturers for Alcohol-Based Hand Sanitizers to Combat COVID-19," Co-Author, Legal Alert, April 2020
  • "Colleague Corner,” Bench & Bar of Minnesota, February 2019