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.
Insurance Defense | Commercial Litigation | Employment | Personal Injury | Agriculture |
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- University of Notre Dame Law School, J.D., cum laude, 2003
California State University, B.A. Political Science,cum laude, 2000
- Admitted:Nebraska Supreme CourtU.S. District Court - NebraskaSupreme Court State of IllinoisU.S. District Court for the District of ColoradoU.S. Tenth Circuit Court of AppealsSupreme Court State of Colorado
Nebraska State Bar Association
Illinois State Bar Association
Colorado State Bar Association
Global Scholars Project, Board of DirectorsCourt Appointed Special Advocate, Board of DirectorsJunior Achievement, Board of DirectorsKearney Area Chamber of Commerce - Business and Education CommitteeKearney SertomaLeadership Nebraska Class IX
Compassion InternationalJunior AchievementColorado Lawyers for the ArtsCourt Appointed Special AdvocateVolunteer Advocate