Ryan is a trial lawyer who brings tenacity, creativity and a track record of success to resolving disputes in the real estate, construction and insurance industries.


Clients turn to Ryan when they need a strong and smart advocate in their corner. Ryan focuses his practice on commercial real estate, land use, energy, and construction disputes. He also advises on an area that impacts many private businesses: insurance. Ryan represents health and workers' compensation insurers in ERISA and premium dispute litigation, and advises private businesses on risk management and insurance coverage claims.

Ryan zealously represents his clients while approaching litigation with his clients' business goals in mind. He builds a strategy around his clients' objectives and relentlessly and creatively pursues them. Ryan regularly uses Alternative Fee Arrangements and Legal Project Management tools like litigation budgets to reduce costs and increase the predictability of his clients' legal spending.

Ryan has the experience to get results. He has first-chair trial and appellate experience in state and federal courts. He has prepared and argued numerous dispositive motions, and has favorably resolved many cases in mediation and through complex settlements.


Real Estate and Private Business Litigation

Ryan prosecuted claims against a Colorado municipality on behalf of a private landowner who claimed the city violated his right to due process and took his land without just compensation by illegally adopting floodplain regulations. Ryan obtained a seven-figure monetary settlement and other relief for his client.

Ryan represents a publicly traded real estate investment trust and owner of 450 shopping centers across the country in leasing litigation, land use disputes and evictions. He obtained a six-figure settlement for his client in a dispute over breach of a lease and personal guaranty involving defenses of forgery and fraud.

He helped clear the way for an $85 million residential development by obtaining dismissal of a lawsuit by a neighboring property owner that sought to stop the development.

Ryan defended a real estate developer at trial in a construction delay dispute, and defeated a subcontractor's claim that a contractual liquidated damages provision was invalid.

He regularly defends landowners against claims of discrimination arising under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and state law.

He represents developers, lenders and contractors in breach of contract, construction defect and mechanics' lien disputes.

On behalf of a multinational oil and gas company, Ryan prevailed at a two-day bench trial on a motion to pierce the corporate veil of a subsidiary entity to reach the assets of the parent corporation.

Ryan also represents business owners in shareholder and partnership disputes, including as first-chair counsel in a trial between business partners in which Ryan was victorious on all claims and obtained a monetary judgment for his client.

Insurance Litigation

On behalf of a health insurer, Ryan defeated an ERISA claim by a plan beneficiary and persuaded both the federal district court and appellate court to deny the beneficiary's request for emergency injunctive relief.

He represents a workers' compensation insurer in a dispute concerning premium calculation and the application of discretionary schedule ratings.

Ryan represents an insurance broker in tax court litigation concerning the calculation and application of surplus lines insurance tax. He has also represented a private business in tax court litigation concerning a due process challenge to taxing an out-of-state business.

Ryan advises private businesses and developers on risk management and insurance coverage issues.

News & Insights

Speaking Engagements

"ADA Litigation: your bank is still at risk," Colorado Bankers Association Webinar, April 16, 2020


"Colo. Majority Shareholders May Face Civil Theft Liability," Law360, July 2019

"Private Right of Condemnation," Law Week Colorado Vol.16 No.19, May 2018. Also published by the Colorado Real Estate Journal, June 2018.

"Congress Considers Changes to Americans with Disabilities Act to Prevent Serial Lawsuits," Stinson LLP Alert, May 2018

"U.S. Supreme Court Decides Critical Question in Eminent-Domain Cases," Wisconsin Law Journal, August 2017, Michigan Lawyers Weekly, September 2017 and Midwest Real Estate News, October 2017



Named to the 2021 Best Lawyers in America© "Ones to Watch" list


  • Colorado
  • Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit


Washington University School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 2012

University of Wisconsin, B.A., 2006

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