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David J. Ryan

Shareholder, Portland

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David J. Ryan

Shareholder, Portland

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David Ryan is a litigator who brings First Chair trial and arbitration experience having handled a variety of civil matters in Oregon and Washington state and federal courts. His work is primarily focused on resolving disputes involving insurance coverage, professional liability, and general liability claims, including claims associated with environmental remediation and property damage. 

Dave has a long history of defending insurers facing insurance coverage and bad faith claims as well as first-party and third-party claims. Clients appreciate his no-nonsense approach. He cuts to the chase on a claim to serve as a good steward of his client’s budget and eliminate unnecessary costs. Dave makes recommendations on resolving cases quickly and works with clients as a team to facilitate the decision-making process.

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Solid communication with clients is his priority. Dave listens for what’s important to them and asks the right questions in piecing together the puzzle. He makes a point to proactively update the claims adjusters or counsel with the information they need to do their jobs. 

Dave started his practice as an insurance defense lawyer and also took on medical malpractice cases, doing work for one of the largest healthcare systems in Oregon. He continues to advise healthcare clients on coverage, confidentiality and consent issues. 


Bar Admissions

  • Oregon, 1995
  • Washington, 1996

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, District of Oregon, 1996
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington, 1997


  • Lewis & Clark Law School – J.D., cum laude, 1995
    • Certificate in Environmental Law, 1995
  • College of William and Mary – B.A., Public Policy, 1991


  • Obtained summary judgment and declaratory relief in dispute between two insurers as to other insurer’s duty to defend and indemnify common insured and participate proportionally based on policy limits.
  • Obtained summary judgment dismissing personal injury claims against public transit agency for plaintiff’s failure to comply with tort claim notice requirements.
  • Obtained summary judgment dismissing claims against insurance broker for alleged failure to procure appropriate coverage to protect policyholder against underlying skiing injury claim, by establishing availability of coverage.

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  • Defense verdict following jury trial of wrongful death claim against hospital arising from alleged wrongful discharge of patient from ER.
  • Defense verdict following jury trial on behalf of HOA alleged of improper enforcement of CC&Rs.
  • Obtained dismissal of claims against hospital alleging negligent post-operative care, which permitted patient to fall out of bed.
  • Obtained voluntary dismissal of claims against insurance broker for alleged failure to procure appropriate auto coverage for ride-share driver, by establishing to availability of coverage under personal and commercial policies.
  • Obtained summary judgment for insurer against insurer’s general agent whose error bound insurer to provide coverage for policyholder whose policy otherwise would have been voided by misrepresentations on application.
  • Obtained summary judgment dismissing claims against oncologist for alleged failure to disclose side effects of chemo/radiation therapy.
  • Obtained summary judgment dismissing claims against occupational medicine clinic/physician for alleged missed diagnosis, when the doctor timely referred plaintiff to an appropriate specialist.  
  • Roosevelt High School Mock Trial (Volunteer Assistant, 2014-2015) 
  • Lake Oswego Soccer Club (Vice President, Board of Directors; Volunteer Coordinator & Coach) 
  • Greater Portland Soccer District (Former Member, Board of Directors and Executive Committee) 
  • Hopewell Valley Regional School District, Pennington, NJ (Former Member, School Board Long Range Planning Committee) 
  • Speaker, “Restraint & Seclusion Techniques: Know Your Legal Risks,” Lorman Education Services (July 2012 & January 2011) 
  • Author, “Punitive Damages Against Healthcare Providers in the Healthcare Reform Era,” AHLA Physicians Practice Group Newsletter (February 2010); AAOS Now Journal (February 2010) 
  • Chapter Author, “Steps to Be Taken Following the Loss,” Oregon State Bar Insurance Law CLE (1999 & 2003) 
  • Speaker, “How to Litigate Your First Civil Trial in Oregon,” National Business Institute (2002) 
  • Speaker, “Litigation Skills for Oregon Paralegals,” Institute for Paralegal Education (2002) 
  • Speaker, “Evidence for the Litigation Paralegal,” Institute for Paralegal Education (2000) 
  • AV® Preeminent™, Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell


Growing up in New Jersey, Dave was a three-sport athlete, which became a fundamental part of his life. He grew into an avid recreational athlete, coaching and actively participating on multiple soccer, baseball, and softball teams. After serial ACL reconstruction surgeries, he was resigned to playing slow-pitch softball and volunteering as an over-involved team parent and club director. But the teamwork attitude was ingrained in him since he was a kid and he carries the “No I in team” philosophy to this day.

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