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Your food should be safe. We’re here when it isn’t.

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From farm to fork, OFT Food Safety & Injury Lawyers is committed to protecting public health.

Our Promise

You put faith in where your family’s food comes from. When that trust is violated, you and your family are left to suffer.

We can help.

OFT Food Safety & Injury Lawyers was built to get the answers you need and the results you deserve. We have recovered millions for our clients and have forced the food industry to become safer for all of us.

Our food poisoning lawyers are renowned within the food safety industry, believe in the cases we take, and have the food poisoning litigation experience to get results fast. We handle food injury cases nationwide and are ready to put our knowledge, experience, and resources behind your case.

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Our Attorneys

The Difference is Our Team

Ryan Osterholm

Founding Partner

I have been a foodborne illness attorney my entire career. There may not be another attorney in America that can say that. It is all I’ve ever done and all I know, and I know it well. When speaking to potential clients, the phrase I hear most often is, “I had no idea it could be this bad.”

Most people don’t realize that many foodborne illnesses cause lengthy hospitalizations, permanent injuries, or even death until they go through it personally. Not only do I help my clients obtain compensation for what they went through, but I hold food producers and sellers responsible for their defective and dangerous food products. In doing so, I firmly believe our work makes food safer for everyone.

Ryan Osterholm

Brendan Flaherty

Founding Partner

The core principles that guide my law practice are trust, honesty, and passion. I earn the trust of my clients first by listening and learning about their lives. I understand that people are coming to me at a difficult time  – physically, financially, and emotionally.

You deserve honesty from an attorney with your best interests in mind. You also deserve a passionate advocate, who will put the time, commitment, and heart into your case. Insurance companies and large corporations fight with teams of lawyers and well-paid experts.  But they can never match the passion of a great trial attorney.

Brendan Flaherty

Bart Torvik

Founding Partner

After graduating law school and clerking for the then Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota, I began working for a prestigious and very large law firm in Minnesota. I handled all phases of very complex civil litigation, including several jury trials, having successfully represented clients in cases filed in Illinois, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, California, Delaware, Texas, New Jersey, and Tennessee. With my diverse legal experience, I want to give people the attention and representation they deserve when the results truly matter.

Bart Torvik

Lindsay Lien Rinholen


I became a lawyer to help people. Growing up in a rural Wisconsin town, I didn’t know any lawyers—but I have always felt the drive to fight for the “little guy” against a system designed to take advantage of those without resources. At OFT Law, I get to fight for people that can’t fight for themselves as part of an incredible team.

When people get food poisoning or get hurt, food and insurance companies too often fail to take responsibility for what happened. Our team has a track record of making sure they have to do the right thing. Let us help you.

Lindsay Rinholen

Our Practice Areas

Foodborne Illness & Safety

The CDC estimates that 48 million cases of foodborne illnesses and food poisoning occur in the U.S. every year.

While most recover quickly with no long-term harm, thousands require hospitalization, and there are roughly 3,000 fatalities annually due to unsafe food.

How do I know if I have food poisoning?

pathogen culture in a petri dish

A pathogen is a bacterial, viral, or other infectious agent that causes disease. When a pathogen, toxic substance, or unsafe practice encounters your food supply, it can wreak havoc on your system, causing incredible illness.

The sources of foodborne illnesses can vary. From manufacturers, growers, retail stores, distributors, and processing facilities to improper temperature controls, cook times, and unsanitary conditions, when food safety procedures fail or are ignored in favor of profits, customers like you are put at risk.

At OFT Food Safety & Injury Lawyers, we can help you deal with and recover damages if you or a loved are suffering from any of the following:

  • E. coli
  • salmonella
  • listeria
  • hepatitis a
  • botulism
  • campylobacter
  • Cyclospora
  • Vibrio
  • Norovirus
  • Shigella
  • Food allergies
  • Foreign Object contamination
  • Legionnaires’ disease
  • wrongful death

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Additional Practice Areas

Because of our reputation for excellence and experience with complex cases, we also have experience handling the following:

  • legionnaires’ disease
  • child injury
  • daycare injury & abuse
  • petting zoo injury
  • minnesota bicycle & truck crashes

If OFT cannot take your case, we will help you find someone who can.

Signs of Food Poisoning & Contamination

Some typical symptoms associated with food poisoning are:

  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea
  • Headache
  • Severe Abdominal pain
  • Vomiting
  • hot and cold flashes
  • fever

If you believe you or a loved one have contracted a foodborne illness or have food poisoning symptoms, you should take action:

Get medical treatment immediately.

Request that your doctor order a stool culture to identify the specific pathogen that caused your illness.

Notify your state or local health department.

Contact an experienced foodborne illness lawyer. We offer free consultations and are happy to answer any questions you have.

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