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Ronald W. Brandenburg

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  • FAMILY: Wife Carol, daughters Kelsey and Caitlin, son Chris, sons-in-law Charlie, Marshall and Shad and grandchildren Maisey, Jack, and Blake.
  • WHAT I ENJOY ABOUT LAW: It provides me with the opportunity to help clients evaluate and make decisions that satisfy their legal needs.
  • FAVORITE BOOK: Gray Mountain by John Grisham
  • FAVORITE AUTHORS: John Grisham and Vince Flynn.
  • BEST ADVICE RECEIVED:  Treat others as you would want your family to be treated.
  • FUN FACT: My wife and I met during Mardi Gras in New Orleans while I was attending law school.


Ron began his law practice with a small firm in Moose Lake where he immediately began representing clients. After leaving Moose Lake, Ron 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 has been involved in a number of the Firm’s key projects.

For over thirty-nine years Ron has been counseling clients on employment, labor and business issues. He has handled employment and business matters for large, medium and small businesses, non-profit organizations and professional firms.  In addition, his experiences include representing the varying legal needs of K-12 and post-secondary educational institutions, and health care entities among a variety of businesses in other industries. Ron also represents employers in negotiations with unions and in the grievance process.

Ron was born and raised in Huron, South Dakota and 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, and the Ruth Cadwell Volunteer of the Year presented by the St. Cloud Area Family YMCA.


  • Loyola University New Orleans School of Law, New Orleans, Louisiana
    • J.D. - 1980
  • Augustana College, Sioux Falls, South Dakota
    • B.A. - 1976

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


  • Who's Who in American Law, 1989 - 1990
  • Who's Who Among Emerging Leaders in America
  • Who's Who in the Midwest

Professional Associations

  • 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
  • Minnesota School Boards Association - Council of School Attorneys

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