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Alert: Response and Resources for Coronavirus (Covid-19) Situation: Resources

In this ever evolving situation, Quinlivan and Hughes is committed to serving our clients in the same way we have always done. Technology has allowed us to continue operations and work remotely while keeping our clients needs at the top of the list. Below is a list of resources for you and please contact us personally with any questions. We look forward to helping you in this unprecedented time.

Chad A. Staul

Ryan L. Paukert

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  • BIRTHPLACE: Faribault, Minnesota
  • FAMILY: Parents, seven siblings, and fourteen nieces & nephews.
  • FAVORITE PART ABOUT WORK: Every day brings challenges and opportunities to learn something new.
  • FAVORITE PLACE VISITED: Cliffs of Moher in Ireland
  • FAVORITE ACTIVITY OUTSIDE OF WORK: Hiking & Camping, Playing Board Games, Guitar & Piano
  • BEST ADVICE RECEIVED: Tell your time where to go or else you’ll wonder where it went.
  • FUN FACT: Ryan can speak Spanish and Italian, and is currently learning French.
  • FAVORITE BOOK: Transfer of Power by Vince Flynn


Ryan joined the Quinlivan and Hughes team in March of 2021 and works primarily as a member of the Medical Malpractice team. He will also serve as a member of the Insurance Defense team and the Employment team. His practice focuses on litigation.

Ryan has always had a heart for serving others. This pull led to his decision to attend law school so he could help people during some of the most difficult times of their lives. Ryan started undergrad with a plan to attend medical school until taking an introductory legal studies course changed that plan. Ryan believes that working as a medical malpractice defense attorney is a perfect combination of his love of law and the medical field. 

Ryan attended the University of St. Thomas School of Law, graduating in 2020. After law school, he accepted a position to clerk for Minnesota 4th Circuit Court Judge Marta M. Chou. While in law school, he served on the boards of the St. Thomas More Society and Lex Vitae, was an editor for the UST Law Journal, and served as a student attorney for the Bankruptcy Litigation Clinic and Nonprofit Clinic.


  • University of St. Thomas School of Law, Minneapolis, Minnesota
    • J.D. – 2020
    • Honors: cum laude
    • Honors: Dean’s List
    • Law Journal: University of St. Thomas Law Journal, Articles Editor, 2018 – 2020
  • University of Wisconsin – Madison, Madison, Wisconsin
    • B.S. – 2012
    • Major:
      Legal Studies

Bar Admissions

  • Minnesota, 2020

Professional Associations

  • Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association, Member, 2019 to Present