Ronald W. Brandenburg

Ronald W. Brandenburg

Saint Cloud, Minnesota
(320) 200-4928

Ron began his law practice with a firm in Moose Lake, and then worked for firms in St. Cloud and St. Paul before joining the Quinlivan & Hughes team in 1995.  He has served as Quinlivan & Hughes’ CEO and CFO and currently serves as the firm’s Secretary.

For over thirty-five years Ron has been counseling clients on employment, labor and business issues.  He has handled complex employment and business matters for large, medium and small businesses, non-profit organizations, professional firms, K-12 and post-secondary educational institutions, and health care entities.  Ron also represents employers in negotiations with unions, and in the grievance process.

Ron, born and raised in Huron, South Dakota, enjoys pheasant hunting, golf and traveling.  He is also a devoted volunteer, having shared his time and talents throughout his career with a variety of local charities, and is the recipient of the Champions of Caring award presented by the United Way of Central Minnesota.



  • Areas of Practice
    • Business Law
    • Employment & Labor
    • Mediation
    • Higher Education
    • Health Care
  • Year Joined Firm
    • 1995
  • Honors and Awards
    • Who's Who in American Law, 1989 - 1990
    • Who's Who Among Emerging Leaders in America
    • Who's Who in the Midwest
  • Bar Admissions
    • Minnesota, 1980
    • U.S. District Court District of Minnesota, 1981
    • U.S. Court of Federal Claims, 1991
    • U.S. Court of Appeals Federal Circuit, 1992
    • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit, 1992
    • U.S. Federal Courts, 1981
  • Education
    • Loyola University New Orleans School of Law, New Orleans, Louisiana
      • J.D. - 1980
    • Augustana College, Sioux Falls, South Dakota
      • B.A. - 1976
  • Classes/Seminars
    • Human Rights Panel Training, College of St. Benedict and St. John’s University, October 23, 2009
    • Ensuring Patient Safety form a Human Resources Perspective, sponsored by Mahowald Insurance Agency, October 2, 2008
    • Hot Topics In The Higher Education Workplace, the College of St. Benedict and St. John’s University Leadership Training, February 12, 2008
    • Effective Management From A Legal Perspective, sponsored by ING Direct, November 28, 2007 and January 17, 2008
    • Effectively Addressing Performance Deficiencies, sponsored by Mahowald Insurance Agency, March 20, 2007
    • Legal Update, Association of Student Judicial Administrators Regional Circuit 8 Conference, College of St. Benedict and St. John’s University, November 4, 2005
    • The New Minnesota Reference Act, sponsored by Central Minnesota Society for Human Resource Management, February 17, 2005
    • The Art of Hiring, sponsored by the Minnesota Association of School Maintenance Supervisors, September 23, 2004
    • Supervisor Development Certificate Program, sponsored by St. Cloud Area Chamber of Commerce, February 4, 2003
    • Hot Topics In The Higher Education Workplace, the College of St. Benedict and St. John’s University, December 5, 2001
    • Hot Topics in the Education Workplace, sponsored by Minnesota College and University Personnel Administrators, March 27, 2001
  • Professional Associations and Memberships
    • Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association, Member
    • Minnesota State Bar Association, Member
    • Seventh District Bar Association, Member
    • Stearns/Benton County Bar Association, Member
    • Minnesota State Bar, Co-Chair, Lawyer Referral Committee, 1994 - Present
    • Minnesota School Boards Association - Council of School Attorneys
  • Past Employment Positions
    • Newby, Dodge, Korman, Lingren, Warp & Newby, 1980 - 1984
    • Dodge, Warp & Brandenburg, 1985 - 1987
    • Hughes, Thoreen, Matthews & Knapp, 1987 - 1994
    • Knutson, Flynn, Deans & Olson, 1994 - 1995
  • Community Involvement
    • St Cloud Area YMCA, Member, Board of Directors, 1988 - Present
    • St. Cloud Area Family YMCA, Vice President, 1995 - 1996
    • Good Shepherd Lutheran Foundation - Board Member
    • United Way of Central Minnesota - Personnel Committee - Chair, Fund Distribution Process
    • Wills for Heroes
  • Ancillary Businesses
    • Mediation of business and employment disputes