Robert E. Ryan
(304) 598-8173
Office: Morgantown
J.D. Washington and Lee University
B.A. West Virginia University
Licensure: KY | OH | WV
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Robert "Booter" Ryan focuses his practice in the area of litigation, and particularly in transportation, police and correctional officer liability, personal injury defense, toxic torts and traumatic and neurotoxic brain injury.  Mr. Ryan has additionally developed expertise in handling claims brought pursuant to the Longshoreman and Harbor Workers Compensation Act.  Mr. Ryan operates by the philosophy that in order to defend a client well, he must get to know the client well.  In that vein, Mr. Ryan devotes substantial time to learning the ins and outs of a client’s business, operations and collateral concerns and believes firmly that the time spent doing so pays exponential dividends in defending cases.  Mr. Ryan has tried cases to verdict in state and federal courts throughout West Virginia, Kentucky and Ohio.

Work Experience

2011 Steptoe & Johnson PLLC
2010-2011 Setliff, Turner & Holland, P.C.
2000-2010 Huddleston Bolen LLP

Speaking Engagements

Use of Exhibits at Trial, Trial Academy, DTCWV, 2008

Insurance Coverage in West Virginia, NBI, 2006

Key Experience

Represented major Class I railroad in a variety of alleged occupational and personal injuries
Served as trial counsel for real estate and insurance brokers
Defended and served as trial counsel for railroad at trial accused of negligently causing neurotoxic brain injury, various types of cancer and lower and upper extremity orthopedic injuries

Memberships & Awards

The Best Lawyers in America®
Best Lawyers® 2019 Charleston, WV, Railroad Law, Lawyer of the Year
Super Lawyers Rising Star
Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia
Defense Research Institute
The State Journal, Generation Next, 40 Under 40 (2009)
National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel
Claims and Litigation Management Alliance