Ryan joined Beasley Allen’s Toxic Torts Section in October 2011. For over a decade, he has gained extensive experience representing a wide array of business, governmental, and individual clients in litigation.
He currently represents clients in personal injury cases resulting from exposure to toxic chemicals in both individual cases, as well as mass torts. Most recently, he represented water systems against companies alleged to have polluted their water supply with per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, more commonly known as PFAS. He also worked with state governments to hold opioid manufacturers and distributors liable for the harms caused by the ongoing opioid epidemic. In addition, he assisted clients whose family members have suffered abuse and neglect in nursing homes and assisted living facilities.
Ryan previously represented trucking businesses in the “Hot Fuel” multidistrict litigation against oil companies, which resulted in over $20 million in settlements. Finally, he represented businesses, commercial fishermen, and individuals who suffered injuries from exposure to oil and other dispersants as part of the BP oil spill litigation, obtaining tens of millions of dollars of compensation on their behalf.
Ryan is married to the former Claire Nikrant of Cleveland, Ohio. They live in Pike Road, Alabama, with their two sons, Hank and George, and miniature goldendoodle Walter. They are active parishioners of Holy Spirit Parish.
Ryan is a member of the Alabama State Bar Young Lawyer’s Section and the Alabama Association for Justice.
Awards and Recognitions
Ryan has been selected to the Midsouth Super Lawyers “Rising Stars” list since 2018, which recognizes the top up-and-coming attorneys – those who are 40 years old or younger, or who have been practicing 10 years or less.
Additionally, Ryan was selected for the Top 40 Under 40 designation by the American Academy of Attorneys for the Personal Injury Law section in Alabama and received the 2020 Top 10 Under 40 honor by the National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys for Alabama. He was also selected to the National Trial Lawyers Association’s Top 40 Under 40 for Civil Plaintiffs.
Ryan was selected as the 2018 Beasley Allen Lawyer of the Year for the Toxic Torts Section and was recognized by Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch for his work in Environmental Law in 2021 and 2022.
Ryan is originally from Birmingham, Alabama. He received his undergraduate degree from Birmingham-Southern College in 2008, graduating Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude with a major in political science and a minor in Spanish. He obtained his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Alabama School of Law in 2011.
During law school, he worked in the Civil Law Clinic representing individuals in various civil litigation matters. He has also served as a judicial intern for Jefferson County Civil Circuit Judge Michael Graffeo and as a law clerk for the firm Baxley, Dillard, McKnight, James & McElroy in Birmingham.
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