From professional malpractice to complex litigation, Ryan does not shy away for ﬁghting on behalf of his clients. Over the years, he has worked with his clients to reach early resolutions. However, when litigation is unavoidable, he is at home in the courtroom and has signiﬁcant experience in litigating high exposure personal injury matters, including wrongful death, nursing home abuse, and sexual abuse cases. Serious personal injury matters are not the only focus of Ryan’s practice, he regularly handles insurance coverage issues, including maritime coverage matters, bad faith litigation, construction defect claims, and defense of professionals.
Defense of Professionals
Ryan defends licensed professionals (veterinarians, attorneys, engineers, and real estate agents/brokers) against claims of professional negligence and malpractice made by former clients in all North Carolina Courts and before professional licensing or administrative boards such as the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Board and North Carolina Real Estate Commission. Dealing with negligence and malpractice claims is stressful for any professional and Ryan’s goal is to work with his clients to best navigate their situation and the frustrations that such claims can cause.
Defense of Municipalities
Ryan is frequently called upon by local governments to serve as outside counsel and litigate matters on their behalf. Ryan’s representation of local governments includes several officer involved shootings, civil rights litigation, and contract disputes. He has signiﬁcant experience representing correctional facilities and officers on claims for sexual misconduct, abuse of force, and other civil rights violations. He served as an adjunct professor at Gaston College where he taught civil liability for police officers and correctional officers.
Community Association Law
Ryan enjoys working with HOAs and their Board of Directors. Over the years he has worked with homeowners associations, condominium associations, and marina associations and regularly advises them on both day-to-day matters and helps them navigate the litigation process. Specifically, he works with them on contractual claims, defending derivative class action lawsuits, declaratory judgment actions, and breach of fiduciary duty claims.
In addition to his defense of professionals and municipalities, he works with clients on a variety of matters. Ryan’s experience ranges from enforcing judgments, to coverage issues involving bad faith, to general maritime matters. He has handled several construction defect cases and matters involving HOAs. He also has signiﬁcant experience in appellate advocacy before both state and federal appellate courts, including submitting amicus briefs on behalf of interested parties.
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