Ryan J. Hatton


Senior Counsel - Commercial Transactions & Litigation Dept.
612-670-5068

Ryan joined the Firm in 2018 as a Senior Counsel in the Commercial Transactions and Litigation Department, and is based in the Firm’s Minnesota office. Ryan is a business attorney focused in the areas of commercial transactions and litigation, construction law and immigration petitions. Ryan’s nearly twenty-year legal career spans all facets of the construction and real estate development industries. He has a comprehensive commercial practice, representing developers, lenders, general contractors, subcontractors, and suppliers. His areas of core competency include: Entity selection and formation; contract drafting and negotiations; defending constructions defect claims; assisting in project close out; prosecuting payment claims via orders, mechanic’s liens, payment bonds and statutory prompt payment claims; obtaining insurance coverage for contractors; bid disputes; regulatory compliance for contractors (including handling investigations by federal and state governments); DBE accreditation; immigration compliance and petitions; commercial landlord representation; real estate investor representation; secured creditor representation; and real estate development.

Ryan is a 2001 graduate of the Mitchell Hamline School of Law and is licensed in both Minnesota and Iowa. He is an active member of the Construction Section of the Minnesota State Bar Association and served as the section’s Chair in 2018 – 2019.  Ryan has participated in the creation and implementation of legislative bills related to the construction industry, as well as the preparation of Amicus briefs to the Minnesota Supreme Court on behalf of the industry. Ryan regularly represents clients in contested arbitration and district court proceedings, as well as appellate courts. Ryan regularly represents clients in contested arbitration and district court proceedings, as well as appellate courts. Ryan is looking forward to leveraging his two decades of legal expertise to expand the reach of the Firm’s Commercial Transactions and Litigation Department to service clients operating within Gurstel’s geographic and jurisdictional footprint.

Founded in 1997 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Gurstel has expanded its practice discipline and growth to include offices in Arizona, Iowa, Nebraska, Utah, Wisconsin, California, Nevada, and Wyoming.

Education

Mitchell Hamline School of Law, J.D., 2001
St. Olaf College, Political Science & History 1998

Court Admissions

Minnesota 2001
United States District Court, District of Minnesota 2002
Iowa 2006

Professional Associations

Minnesota State Bar Association
Iowa State Bar Association
MSBA Construction Section (Section Chair 2018-2019)

Recognition

Multiple year recipient of Rising Stars – Super Lawyer