Ryan C. Carson

Of Counsel

Ryan Carson has developed an extensive civil litigation practice in a variety of areas, including catastrophic tort, insurance defense, insurance coverage, commercial, and employment litigation. He has represented clients in numerous multi-million dollar lawsuits in state and federal courts across the country, including Nebraska, Colorado, Wyoming, Missouri, Illinois, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and as far away as California and New York.  Recently, Ryan litigated a catastrophic motor vehicle accident in Lake Charles, Louisiana, in which the plaintiff’s lawyer asked the jury to award $90 million in damages, including punitive damages. Not only did the jury reject that claim and award almost exactly the number that Ryan suggested in his closing argument (and even slightly lower), the jury agreed with Ryan and outright rejected  the claim for punitive damages. 

In addition to his litigation practice, Ryan has extensive experience with alternative dispute resolution such as mediation and arbitration. He has advocated on behalf of his clients in mediation in hundreds of cases involving a number of different issues. He also has arbitrated several matters with the American Arbitration Association, including matters involving complex commercial litigation issues between cable and internet providers and large healthcare companies and their providers. Ryan works hard for his clients to achieve optimal results and to avoid the cost and expense of trial if at all possible. 

After law school, Ryan had the opportunity to serve a two-year judicial clerkship with the United States Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals.  As a result, Ryan is able to provide his clients with extensive appellate experience should the need arise.  This includes identifying key issues for appeal, drafting persuasive appellate briefs, and presenting oral argument to the court.  Ryan has participated in both state and federal appellate courts, including the Missouri Court of Appeals involving a damages matter, the California Court of Appeals involving a premises liability/third party tort matter, the Louisiana Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit, involving trial administrative matters, and the Colorado Court of Appeals involving and upholding the award of attorneys’ fees and costs against opposing counsel in a premises liability matter.       

Ryan is committed to providing his clients with outstanding legal service and exceptional value.  Ryan has achieved his AV Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell, has been designated a Super Lawyer-Rising Star, and is licensed to practice in Nebraska, Colorado, and Illinois.  Ryan is also committed to the community and has served as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (or CASA). He is currently serving on the Board of Directors for CASA and Junior Achievement of Kearney. Ryan was also selected to participate in the Nebraska State Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Nebraska Program for 2016-2017.

Practice Areas

Insurance Defense  |  Commercial Litigation  |   EmploymentPersonal Injury  |  Agriculture  | 

Water and Natural Resources


Education
  • University of Notre Dame Law School, J.D., cum laude, 2003
    California State University, B.A. Political Science,cum laude, 2000
Professional Organizations
  • Admitted:
    Nebraska Supreme Court
    U.S. District Court - Nebraska
    Supreme Court State of Illinois
    U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
    U.S. Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals
    Supreme Court State of Colorado
  • Current:
    Nebraska State Bar Association
    Illinois State Bar Association
    Colorado State Bar Association
Community Affiliations
  • Current:
    Global Scholars Project, Board of Directors
    Court Appointed Special Advocate, Board of Directors
    Junior Achievement, Board of Directors
    Kearney Area Chamber of Commerce - Business and Education Committee
    Kearney Sertoma
    Leadership Nebraska Class IX
  • Past:
    Compassion International
    Junior Achievement
    Colorado Lawyers for the Arts
    Court Appointed Special Advocate
    Volunteer Advocate

 

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