Robert Edward Ryan
(304) 598-8173
Office: Morgantown
J.D. Washington and Lee University
B.A. West Virginia University
Licensure: KY | OH | PA | WV
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Robert "Booter" Ryan is a trial lawyer that has tried cases to verdict in state and federal courts throughout West Virginia, Kentucky, and Ohio.  His practice focuses primarily on cases involving medical, long term care, and other professional malpractice, police and correctional officer liability, personal injury defense, toxic torts, and traumatic and neurotoxic brain injury. Mr. Ryan continually adapts to his clients’ various needs such as developing expertise in and training claims professionals 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 resolving cases in the most favorable terms to our clients.

Work Experience

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

Speaking Engagements

Depositions to Perpetuate Testimony, In A. DeSimone, The Deposition Manual; DRI

Preparing Expert Witnesses for Trial, Trial Academy, DTCWV

Off-Duty Liability, Advanced Police Liability Claims, NBI

Use of Exhibits at Trial, Trial Academy, DTCWV

Insurance Coverage in West Virginia, NBI

Key Experience

Defended and served as trial counsel for railroad accused of negligently causing neurotoxic brain injury, various types of cancer and lower and upper extremity orthopedic injuries
Prosecuted multiple Daubert challenges to exclude medical expert testimony related to chronic toxic encephalopathy
Represented medical professionals and facilities in claims involving allegations of medical malpractice and regulatory violations

Memberships & Awards

The Best Lawyers in America®
2019 Lawyer of the Year - Railroad Law - The Best Lawyers in America®
Super Lawyers Rising Star
Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia
CLM, a member of The Institutes
National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel