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Ryan advises his clients in general business law matters with a focus on HR best practices, employment law, and trademark law. His practice also includes business litigation and collections.

  He works with businesses to develop practical, creative and low-cost solutions to minimize disputes and litigation. He frequently provides seminars on the increasingly complex state and federal employment laws. Additionally, he often conducts in-house training to owners, managers, and supervisors on management best practices. These training sessions focus on proven methods that reduce exposure to legal liability and effectively minimizes damages from employee filed law suits.

  Ryan earned his Bachelors of Business Administration, with majors in Human Resource Management & Marketing and an emphasis in legal studies, from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. He earned his Juris Doctor from Hamline University School of Law.

  He is an active member of the community and currently sits on the Board of Directors for multiple non-profit organizations including Step Industries, Harbor House, and the Heart of the Valley Chamber of Commerce.

  His wide array of interests include golf, hunting, hiking, water skiing, snow boarding, chess, music, and poetry.


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Practice areas


  1. Business: 50%
  2. Employment: 25%
    7 years
  3. Lawsuits & Disputes: 15%
  4. Trademark Application: 10%



Contingent (25-35%), Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (sometimes), Free consultation (30 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Jeffrey P. Kippa

    I routinely refer clients to Ryan, as I know he will take extremely good care of them. His caring and responsive approach with clients couples well with a deep knowledge of business and employment law.


    Jeffrey Kippa Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Brian P. Dimmer

    I have worked with Ryan as part of my duties with the Fox Valley Young Lawyers Association and his role in the Outagamice County Bar Association. Through those experiences, I have come to know Ryan as down-to-earth, practical, yet sharp, creative, and passionate about his work. I have referred clients to his practice, and he has met their expectations and goals.


    Brian Dimmer Criminal defense Attorney
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Contact info

Thompson Law, LLC

100 W Lawrence St.
Suite. 230
Appleton, WI, 54911


WIGood Standing200603/27/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Rising StarWisconsin Super Lawyers2015
Rising StarWisconsin Super Lawyers2014
Future15Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce2013
Rising StarWisconsin Super Lawyers2013
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing PartnerThompson Law, LLC2012 - Present
AttorneySilton Seifert Carlson, S.C.2008 - 2012
AttorneyEpiphany Law, LLC2007 - 2008
N/AEqual Employment Opportunity Commission2005 - 2006
Association namePosition nameDuration
Harbor HouseBoard of Directors2009 - Present
Heart of the Valley Chamber of CommerceBoard of Directors2009 - Present
Step Industries, Inc.Board of Directors2007 - Present
State Bar of WisconsinMember2006 - Present
Outagamie County Bar AssociationPast President2006 - Present
Fox Valley Young Lawyers AssociationFounding Member2007 - 2013
Robert J. Parins Inns of CourtMember2006 - 2009
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Collins vs. Ed's Boats Sales, Inc. (Brown County Case No. 2008CV003141)Judicial Order in Favor of Defendant
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Hamline University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2006
University of Wisconsin, OshkoshHuman Resource Management, Marketing, and Legal StudiesBS - Bachelor of Science2001
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Wisconsin Home Builders Association Annual ConventionIndependent Contractor Misclassification Mistakes2014
Wisconsin Home Builders Association Annual ConventionEmployment Law Update2014
3rd Annual Employment Law Beyond the BasicsSocial Media in the Workplace2014
3rd Annual Employment Beyond the BasicsFLSA/Wage & Hour Crackdown2014
Mensa of WisconsinIP Basics2013
2013 Wisconsin Builders ConferenceA Builder's Blueprint to Avoiding Copyright Disputes2013
HR UpdateEmployment Law2011
Wipfli HR SeriesEmployment Law2010
2010 YAT PanelHow to Survive and Thrive in Your First 5 Years2010
Working With EmployeesEmployment Law2009
New NorthEmployment Law2009
HR Certificate SeriesHR and the Law2009
Employees vs. Independent ContractorCommon Classification Mistakes2009
Best Practices Panel SeriesCommon Mistakes Made by Wisconsin Businesses Regarding Employment Law2009
Wisconsin Payroll AssociationFMLA and WFEA2008
Understanding TrademarksTrademarks2008
HR Certificate SeriesHR and the Law2008
Commercial LeasesCommercial Leases2008