What do foodborne illness, science, law and giant pumpkins have in common? Food poisoning attorney Ryan Osterholm credits his passion for science and law as the building blocks for his national foodborne illness practice. Not only is Ryan one of the few attorneys in the country with a practice dedicated to foodborne illness, but he also grows giant pumpkins. Ryan’s pumpkins grow in his suburban backyard and can get as big as 950 pounds. Ryan sat down with Minnesota Lawyer this month to talk about his foodborne illness litigation practice and pumpkin growing hobby.

Food Poisoning Attorney Ryan Osterholm
Food Poisoning Attorney Ryan Osterholm and His Family with Their Giant Pumpkin

Experienced Food Poisoning Lawyer

As a food poisoning lawyer, Ryan Osterholm’s focus and passion is helping people who got sick from contaminated food or water. Ryan and the other foodborne illness lawyers at Pritzker Hageman are disease detectives with extensive knowledge of food science. They often find links between illnesses and a responsible party that others cannot.

Attorney Ryan Osterholm“The intersection of science and law is like a match made in heaven for me. It’s like being a kind of science detective but also getting to do it in court.”Attorney Ryan Osterholm 




As a major player in nearly every multi-state outbreak, Ryan represents people sickened by food and waterborne pathogens including:

Ryan currently represents hundreds of people sickened by Cyclospora poisoning in the Kwik Trip/Del Monte and McDonald’s outbreaks.

Legionnaires’ Disease Lawsuit

Ryan represents people sickened by a waterborne disease called Legionnaires’ disease. Legionnaires’ disease causes a severe form of pneumonia that may become fatal. People develop Legionnaires’ disease when a building’s water supply gets contaminated by Legionella bacteria. Ryan represents people in Legionnaires’ disease lawsuits nationwide. You may be able to sue for damages if you or a loved one developed Legionnaires’ disease.

Talk to Attorney Ryan Osterholm About a Food Poisoning Lawsuit

If you or someone you love got sick with food poisoning, you may be able to sue for money damages. Contact attorney Ryan Osterholm about filing a lawsuit.

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