Overview

Rhyddid Watkins is an experienced trial lawyer who represents clients in product liability matters, including multidistrict litigation, class actions and complex business litigation. Rhyddid counsels clients across the drug and device, agribusiness, manufacturing, construction and other industries.
Rhyddid crafts powerful arguments to support clients’ cases in the courtroom and at administrative hearings. He has led or been involved in successful actions involving:
  • Breach of contract
  • Business torts
  • Product design defects
  • Product safety
  • Construction defects
  • Design-build suits
  • Putative class actions

Credentials

Bar Admissions

Minnesota
Colorado

Court Admissions

U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota

Education

George Washington University Law School
J.D. with honors (2009)

University of Hawaii
B.A. (2004)

Insights & Events

Other Perspectives
  • Child and Adult Food Care Program
    Minnesota Legislature 2017
  • Teacher Licensing Issues
    Minnesota Legislature 2015, 2016
  • Licensing and Administrative Issues
    Guest Lecturer, University of Minnesota, 2015
  • E-Discovery
    Colorado CLE, 2015
  • Public Defender Appellate Pro Bono Program
    MSBA Appellate Practice Section CLE, 2013
  • Written Discovery Strategies and Best Practices
    Minnesota CLE, 2013

Leadership & Community

Pro Bono

  • Rhyddid dedicates time to pro bono cases involving education equality, civil rights issues, criminal defense and appeals, and safety for victims of domestic abuse and sex trafficking. 
  • Education Equity: Represented over 50 teachers who successfully challenged the Minnesota Board of Teaching’s initial denial of their teacher license; successfully sued the Board for illegal and discriminatory practices in issuing teacher licenses; testified before the Minnesota Legislature in favor of a new law passed in 2016 to eliminate the Board of Teaching and rewrite teacher licensing laws.
  • Food Program: Successfully appealed the Minnesota Department of Education’s decision to deny a nonprofit the right to participate in the Child and Adult Care Food Program as a sponsor; successfully sued the Minnesota Department of Education for wrongfully denying the application; and obtained a substantial settlement. 
  • Criminal Appeals: Obtained unanimous appellate decision reversing a conviction and freeing a wrongfully imprisoned individual.
  • Sex Trafficking Defense: Represented victims of sex trafficking.
  • Orders for Protection: Obtained over 25 orders for protection for victims of domestic abuse.

Honors

  • Ramsey County Bar Association — Excellence in Diversity Award, 2016
  • Faegre Baker Daniels — Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2014-16
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