Ryan is a trial lawyer with a talent for helping his clients favorably and efficiently resolve their disputes. He has the experience to get results.


Ryan focuses his practice on business and real estate disputes and insurance litigation. He represents landowners, developers and lenders in a variety of commercial and real estate 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 approaches litigation or potential claims with dispute resolution in mind, building a strategy around his client's goals and relentlessly and creatively pursuing them. Ryan has first-chair trial and appellate experience in state and federal courts, and prepared and argued numerous dispositive motions. He 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.

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Speaking Engagements

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



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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