Managing Partner, San Diego

Mr. Ryan was born in DeWitt, Iowa and has been practicing law for over 35 years.  In 1996, he was first awarded with, and has consecutively held, the highest possible rating (“A-V”) through Martindale Hubbell’s Peer Review Rating in Legal Ability and General Ethical Standards.  In 2001, Mr. Ryan was admitted into the San Diego Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). Mr. Ryan was recently selected by his peers for inclusion in the 2019 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America© for his work in Insurance Law.  Mr. Ryan has also been honored by California’s Super Lawyers© as one of the top attorneys in San Diego, California – he has been the recipient of this honor since 2011.

In addition to his civilian practice, Mr. Ryan served for five years active duty with the United States Navy’s Judge Advocate General’s Corps (JAGC) and then served for 22 years in the United States Naval Reserves.  Mr. Ryan retired as a Captain in January 2007.


  • University of Iowa, Juris Doctorate Degree in 1980
  • University of Northern Iowa, Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1978

Bar Admissions

  • Iowa State Bar Association, 1980 (Inactive)
  • California State Bar Association, 1984
  • Nevada State Bar Association, 1995


  • American Board of Trial Advocates, San Diego Chapter (ABOTA), 2001
  • Best Lawyers, 2014 – Present
  • Martindale Hubbell, “A-V” rated, 1996 – Present
  • Super Lawyers, 2011 – Present
  • Top Lawyer in San Diego, 2013, 2014, 2017

Professional Memberships

  • Trucking Industry Defense Association (TIDA) and its Catastrophic Loss panel for Western States
  • Association of Southern California Defense Counsel (ASCDC)
  • San Diego County Bar Association
  • Clark County Bar Association
  • United States District Court, Southern, Central and Eastern Districts of California
  • San Diego Defense Lawyers, member and former Director
  • Las Vegas Defense Lawyers

Practice Areas

  • Breach of Contract
  • Catastrophic Loss
  • Civil Litigation
  • Commercial Claims
  • Construction Defect
  • Insurance Defense
  • Personal Injury
  • Premise Liability
  • Product Liability
  • Property Damage
  • Public Entity Litigation
  • Risk Management
  • Trucking / Transportation
  • Wrongful Death


Mr. Ryan is active in his community and has been involved in youth sports.  He previously served on the Board of Directors of Serra High School Foundation (2009 – 2013) and continues to serve youth activities through the Board of Directors of Tierrasanta Park & Recreation Council (2001 – 2018).