Ryan C. Gerads

Ryan Gerads represents individuals and small, mid-size, and large businesses in a variety of corporate and tax law issues, especially those involving pass-through entities such as partnerships, LLCs, and S-corporations and their owners. He routinely advises clients in entity selection, reorganization, and succession planning, including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, as well as an assortment of other general business issues.

In the tax area, Ryan has experience with controversies arising out of audits and assessments by the Internal Revenue Service and Minnesota Department of Revenue.

Representative Experience

  • Advised multiple clients on the formation and operation of private equity investment funds.
  • Represented private equity buyers in the acquisition of a number of portfolio companies in a multitude of industries.
  • Represented sellers of a privately held metal rack manufacturing company to a private equity buyer.
  • Advised a privately held pharmacy chain with respect to the combination of its business with a national pharmacy chain.
  • Successfully defended shareholders of a closely held business with the Internal Revenue Service’s disallowance of over $1 million of compensation deductions.
  • Successfully appealed assessments of personal responsibility by the Minnesota Department of Revenue against former shareholders and officers of a closely held business for over $1 million of unpaid payroll and sales and use taxes.

Court Memberships

  • Minnesota
  • U.S. Tax Court


  • “5 Under 40,” St. Cloud Times, 2017

Professional Affiliations

  • Stearns-Benton Bar Association
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association, Tax Section

Community Involvement

  • Saint John’s Preparatory School, Board of Regents, vice chair, 2006-2017
  • United Way of Central Minnesota, 2014-present
  • United Cerebral Palsy of Central Minnesota, Board of Directors, 2006-2012
  • Saint Cloud Granite Rotary, 2006-2014
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  • Minneapolis

    80 South Eighth Street
    500 IDS Center
    Minneapolis, MN 55402
  • St. Cloud

    1010 West Saint Germain
    Suite 500
    Saint Cloud, MN 56301
F: 320.257.5613


Linette Thesing


Northwestern University School of Law, LL.M., 2005

New England Law, Boston, J.D., 2004

Marquette University, B.S., 2001, Finance and International Business