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Some problems can be solved in a client’s office. Some must be tried to verdict. Others go to the Supreme Court. Ryan’s experience litigating complex claims for both plaintiffs and defendants has prepared him to go wherever his clients’ most important and challenging issues take him.

  

From the trial of a controversial judicial election contest in southern West Virginia to a first-of-its kind class action trial in federal court, Ryan’s practice is focused on preparing cases for a jury. When the fight continues, however, he has advocated for clients at the West Virginia Supreme Court and in federal Courts of Appeal. Most recently, he has expanded his practice to helping clients avoid litigation in the first place with battle-tested compliance services. 

  

A native of Williamson, West Virginia, Ryan earned a degree in Government from Harvard University and his J.D., Order of the Coif, from the West Virginia University College of Law. Following law school, Ryan served as a law clerk to the Hon. Robert B. King of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, and the Hon. John T. Copenhaver of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia.

  

Representative Matters

  • Lead trial counsel for prevailing candidate in judicial election contest and resulting appeal.

  • Appointed class counsel in $2.1 million settlement against national public opinion research firm.

  • Representation of publicly-traded manufacturer in hundreds of product liability cases.

  • $63 million verdict for more than 18,000 class members in first-of-its-kind telemarketing class action trial. 

  • For the defendant, won dismissal of multiple class action suits arising from a warehouse fire. 

  

Admissions

  • West Virginia

  • Kentucky

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia

  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia

  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan

  

Professional Background

  • Bailey & Glasser, LLP, Charleston, WV.

  • Law Clerk- Hon. Robert B. King, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

  • Law Clerk- Hon. John T. Copenhaver, Jr., U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia