As a litigator and trial lawyer, Bryant represents businesses and individuals in high-stakes disputes. Bryant litigates key business issues concerning partnership and shareholder rights; resolves agribusiness and agriculture disputes; defends class actions; tackles financial services, creditors’ rights, and consumer litigation cases; and handles Native American Indian and tribal law issues.

Bryant’s understanding of the complex challenges faced by businesses today and straightforward approach define his litigation practice, which includes significant first-chair experience in jury and bench trial cases as well as appellate cases in state and federal courts. Clients value Bryant’s personal approach, professionalism, and focus on the big picture business issues that matter most.

In the realm of Native American Indian law and tribal governance, Bryant has nearly 20 years of experience representing both tribes and non-tribal entities that do business with tribes in everything from tribal lending transactions to litigation.

Bryant has also represented numerous farmers, businesses, and lenders in a wide range of agribusiness disputes, including creditors’ rights, lender liability, shareholder and partnership, and theft of livestock and crops.

Experience

Partnership and Shareholder Litigation

  • Works with and serves on special litigation committees in connection with litigated shareholder disputes.
  • Served as lead trial counsel and obtained a jury verdict in favor of plaintiffs establishing existence of a decade-long farming partnership, entitling plaintiffs to a full accounting and a windup of partnership affairs.
  • Obtained a judgment following trial unwinding wrongful corporate actions taken against minority shareholder in violation of Minn. Stat. § 302A.751 and majority shareholder’s fiduciary duties.
  • Obtained a multimillion-dollar jury verdict in favor of the plaintiff in connection with tortious interference and unfair competition claims.
  • Obtained a judgment following trial in favor of the defendant in connection with a farm partnership windup dispute.
  • Represented multiple clients in shareholder/breach of fiduciary duty action seeking in excess of $20 million in damages. The case was litigated in three states and in several forums – involving multiple corporations, limited liability companies, and partnerships – and resulted in a favorable outcome for clients.
  • Successfully handled several other litigated matters involving shareholder disputes, breach of fiduciary duty claims, and challenges to corporate mergers and acquisitions.

Consumer and Class Action Litigation

  • Defended a client in an odor nuisance class action.
  • Represented a defendant accused of violating the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) and presented an oral argument at both the district court and appellate level (Zean v. Fairview Health Services, 858 F.3d 520 (8th Cir. 2017)). On appeal, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit affirmed the district court’s dismissal of the class action complaint.
  • Represented clients in class actions arising from corporate mergers and acquisitions.
  • Defended numerous other claims under federal and state consumer protection laws, including the TCPA, Truth in Lending Act (TILA), Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act of 2003 (FACTA), and Minnesota Consumer Fraud Act.

Financial Services and Creditors’ Rights Litigation

  • Tried a securities fraud lawsuit to verdict in six-week federal jury trial.
  • Represented a mortgage loan servicer in connection with an appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. Presented oral argument at the appellate level and obtained reversal of a district court order finding that loan servicer was liable under the Real Estate Settlement Practices Act (RESPA).
  • Served as lead trial counsel in multimillion-dollar fraudulent transfer litigation resulting in judgment in favor of bankruptcy trustee.
  • Successfully represented banking clients in numerous litigated matters.
  • Obtained summary judgment for defendants on securities fraud and insider trading claims brought by the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Credentials

Education

Hamline University School of Law, J.D.; magna cum laude

University of South Dakota, B.A.

Classes / Seminars Taught

  • “Preparing to Defend a Fact Deposition,” Minnesota Continuing Legal Education (September 2018)
  • “Consequential, Special and Incidental Damages,” Minnesota Continuing Legal Education (June 2015)
  • “Update on Attorney-Client Privilege: Pitfalls and Practice Pointers for In-House Counsel and Business Lawyers,” 2014 Business Law Institute (May 2014)

Admissions

  • Minnesota
  • South Dakota
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court for the District of South Dakota
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit

Honors & Recognitions

Minnesota Rising Stars (2008-2009, 2011-2014)

Recognized as a Local Litigation Star and a Future Star by Benchmark Litigation

Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent®

News & Insights

Publications

  • Consequential, Special and Incidental Damages
    Business Disputes: Claims and Remedies (2d ed.), 2015

Affiliations

Professional Associations

  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Former co-chair, Minnesota State Bar Association – Consumer Litigation Section
  • Hennepin County Bar Association
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