Attorney Ryan Osterholm

Ryan Osterholm - AttorneyAttorney Ryan Osterholm has recently filed several lawsuits on behalf of people sickened by deadly pathogens. He can be contacted for a free case evaluation or for media interviews at 1-888-377-8900 and at ryan@pritzkerlaw.com.

Ryan Osterholm is one of the few attorneys in the United States whose practice focuses on national foodborne illness, Legionnaires’ disease and medical infection litigation. He has won settlements for his clients from multinational corporations, including fast food restaurant chains, hotels, and food manufacturers.

Osterholm Quoted by the Media

Attorney Ryan Osterholm appeared on Kare11 News (NBC), where he discussed a lawsuit he recently filed on behalf of a client who contracted Legionnaires’ disease. The client is part of the Hopkins, MN outbreak that has sickened at least 23 people. The lawsuit was filed against Citrus Systems, Inc. You can watch the Kare11 video here.

His extensive experience in cases where food has been contaminated with E. coli, Listeria, Salmonella, Campylobacter, Cyclospora and other pathogens has been tapped for articles appearing in The Atlantic, The Oregonian, The Des Moines Register, the StarTribune and for segments on network affiliates nationwide.

The following are excerpts from news websites with quotes by attorney Ryan Osterholm.

  • “He [Ryan’s client] was on the verge of death,” said Osterholm, who added that the long-term injuries remain unclear. “It’s absolutely changed his life. We need to make sure this never happens again.” Osterholm represents at least six others who were sickened during the Hopkins outbreak the past few months, and he said that number could increase [he now represents 12]. (Star Tribune)
  • “Food handlers absolutely should get vaccinated [hepatitis A],” plaintiffs’ lawyer Ryan Osterholm, of Pritzker Hageman in Minneapolis, told Bloomberg BNA. “I’ve been vaccinated and I tell everyone I know to get the vaccination.” Osterholm, who represents plaintiffs involved in the recent outbreaks , said the vaccination, given in two shots six months apart, would decrease the need for litigation. (Bloomberg BNA)
  • The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), a federal law designed to shift the national focus from responding to food contamination to preventing it, also puts the onus on companies to ensure the integrity of food products they import. . . . “In these cases, I don’t have to prove negligence for the most part,” Osterholm, of Pritzker Hageman, said. “Anyone would agree that foods with these pathogens are defective” and “FSMA gives me a better claim for extraordinary or punitive damages.” (Bloomberg BNA)
  • Her [woman who filed 2016 lawsuit] attorney, Ryan Osterholm, specializes in  foodborne illnesses and said he has confirmed three cases of salmonella from different people in metro Phoenix within a 24-hour period. That includes two parents whose child became ill from eating at the restaurant [Pappadeaux] . “I’ve been contacted by several unrelated individuals,” Osterholm said. “That generally leads me to believe there are quite a few people out there … a much larger number.” (The Arizona Republic, part of the USA Today Network)
  • “This case [2016 lawsuit against Costco and Taylor Foods for E. coli poisoning] is also about making sure that this doesn’t happen again,” said Ryan Osterholm, the woman’s attorney. “Unfortunately, it probably will, but we have to do a better job of making sure the food supply is safe.” (NBC affiliate KTVM)
  • The lawsuit [2016 against Pizza Ranch by an E. coli victim] was filed by a Minnesota lawyer who specializes in food-poisoning cases. The lawyer, Ryan Osterholm, said Thursday that he didn’t understand why public-health authorities decided against warning the public about the outbreak while it was going on. . . . “The fact the public was in the dark about this outbreak until individuals came forward and began asking questions about what made them or their children so very ill is troubling,” Osterholm wrote in an email to the Register. “The public should know about outbreaks and be informed with all the information available about the safety of restaurants where they will be spending their money. In my opinion this is a failure by both public health and the Pizza Ranch. One of the main reasons our client filed a lawsuit is to find out what exactly happened.” (The Des Moines Register)
  • “I have no doubt in mind that the civil justice system does change behavior,” said Ryan Osterholm, a lawyer for [Pritzker Hageman law firm] in Minneapolis, which has filed lawsuits [2015] against Chipotle in the current case and a previous case in Minnesota. Osterholm said such lawsuits will force the company to answer questions like whether it visited the farms where its produce was grown and if it gets outside help with food quality and safety. (Associated Press, CBS)
  • “It’s a little bizarre [reference to meat recall],” said Ryan Osterholm. . . . “ ’Diseased and unsound animals’ isn’t common language in recalls,” he said. “The USDA is saying ‘this is not OK,’ and they are throwing the book at them.” (Star Tribune)
  • Ryan Osterholm, an attorney on the case,  said his office has been inundated with calls from Iowans and others who contracted the illness since cyclospora was traced to bagged lettuce last week. “It’s almost like each case gets worse than the next,” Osterholm said. “People have been prisoners in their own homes for a month because they can’t go anywhere because the diarrhea is so explosive and sudden and if you’re not within 30 seconds of a bathroom it’s a major issue.” (The Gazette)
  • “We strongly believe she contracted the illness [cyclosporiasis] by eating at an Olive Garden and we have received calls for several weeks from others with similar illness after eating at Darden restaurants,” said Osterholm. . . . Osterholm said that the lawsuit is necessary to get more information about the outbreak. “There really is no other vehicle to get that information,” he said. “A lot of records are inaccessible without litigation.” (Orlando Sentinel)
  • One effect of a sick worker or a dangerous type of bacteria infiltrating a restaurant is called “clustering,” where a certain number of reported foodborne illnesses all originate from the same restaurant. Ryan Osterholm, a personal injury lawyer specializing in foodborne illness, looks for this phenomenon when he’s investigating a client’s case. “Sick food handlers have a role in foodborne illnesses,” says Osterholm. “Restaurant cluster cases usually lead back to specific sick food handlers.” (The Atlantic)

Education and Experience

Osterholm received his undergraduate degree in political science from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and received his law degree from the University of Minnesota, focusing on health law.

Prior to joining Pritzker Hageman, Osterholm worked as a summer associate at Marler Clark in Seattle, Washington.

Before attending law school, Osterholm worked for three years at the House of Representatives in Washington, D.C. as a legislative assistant in the area of heath care policy.

Osterholm grew up in Edina, Minnesota and currently lives in the Minneapolis lakes area. When not at work, he enjoys running marathons, camping, hunting and fishing. He is a member of the Minnesota Bar.

Sources of Media Quotes

  1. Sawyer, Liz. “Edina man sickened in Legionnaires’ outbreak sues Hopkins juice plant.” Star Tribune. 18 Oct. 2016.
  2. Sellers, Steven M. “Vaccines: Shot in the Arm for Food Safety?” Bloomberg BNA. 21 Oct. 2016.
  3. Brahona, Alejandro and Alltucker, Ken.  “Phoenix resident sues Pappadeaux restaurant over salmonella outbreak.” The Arizona Republic, part of the USA Today Network. 30 Sept. 2016.
  4. Kristianto, Josh. “Gallatin Valley woman sues Costco, Taylor Foods over E. coli.” NBC affiliate KTVM. 2 Dec. 2015. Updated 10 May 2016.
  5. Leys, Tony. “Pizza Ranch sued for E. coli outbreak.” The Des Moines Register. 17 Mar. 2016.
  6. Associated Press. “Recent E. coli cases highlight foodborne illness problem.” CBS News. 11 Nov. 2015.
  7. Hughlett, Mike. “Large meat recall grows to Minnesota.” Star Tribune. 12 Mar. 2014.
  8. The Cedar Rapids Gazette. “Two people file lawsuits following cyclospora outbreak.” 28 Mar. 2014.
  9. Lelis, Ludmilla. “Woman sues Darden, says she got cyclospora parasite at Olive Garden.” Orlando Sentinel. 3 Aug. 2013.
  10. Epstein, Eli. “No Money in a Dirty Kitchen: The Repercussions of NYC’s Restaurant Grading System.” The Atlantic. 23 July 2012.