Norman A. Ryan, Esq.

Managing Partner, San Diego

Mr. Ryan was born in DeWitt, Iowa and has been practicing law since 1980.  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 for inclusion in the 2021 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 in America©, 2014 – Present
  • Martindale Hubbell, “A-V” rated, 1996 – Present
  • Super Lawyers, 2011 – Present
  • Top Lawyer in San Diego, 2013, 2014, 2017

Professional Memberships

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

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 served youth activities through the Board of Directors of Tierrasanta Park & Recreation Council (2001 – 2018).