Ryan specializes in water law, real estate and real property, business and contract law, and litigation and appeals. His water work involves assisting individuals, businesses and governmental entities throughout Colorado acquire, maintain, develop, and protect rights to use water. This includes adjudicating water rights, changes of water rights, plans for augmentations, and exchanges; designing and adjudicating new water supplies for residential, municipal, agricultural, industrial, and other uses; advising ditch companies, municipal water suppliers, and other entities regarding water rights, operations, and related matters; opposing water claims that might adversely affect a client’s water rights; evaluating water rights as part of real estate acquisitions and transactions; obtaining well permits; and drafting well-sharing and ditch operation agreements.
Ryan’s real estate and real property practice include working on all aspects of real estate transactions. Ryan also assists businesses with formation and operations matters and represents both buyers and sellers in business sales. Ryan’s litigation style combines a results-oriented approach, creative legal strategies, and fervent advocacy to obtain successful results at reasonable costs. Ryan has successfully litigated diverse issues on behalf of individuals, businesses, and government entities before administrative boards and state and federal courts throughout Colorado and Washington State.
Originally from Seattle, Ryan began his legal career in the Roaring Fork Valley. Ryan returned to Seattle for a stint as an Assistant Attorney General at the Washington State Office of the Attorney General where he represented a state agency that managed 5.6 million acres of forest, range, agricultural, aquatic, and commercial land. After living in the Big City, Ryan and his wife decided to return to the Roaring Fork Valley so they could enjoy the mountain lifestyle and raise their family. Before joining JVAM, Ryan was a partner at Beattie, Houpt & Jarvis, LLP.
When not working, Ryan can usually be found spending time with his wife and three children or doing something outside, preferably skiing or fly-fishing.
- Seattle University School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude
- Ohio Wesleyan University, B.A., Political Science & Spanish, cum laude
- Washington (inactive)
- U.S. District Court, District of Colorado
- U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington
- U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Western District of Washington
- Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2021, 2022, 2023
- Collegial Lawyer Award, Ninth Judicial District Bar Association, 2020
- Beattie, Houpt & Jarvis, LLP, Partner, 2018-2022
- Beattie, Chadwick & Houpt, LLP, Associate, 2014-2018
- Washington State Office of the Attorney General, Natural Resources Division, Assistant Attorney General, 2013-2014
- Beattie, Chadwick & Houpt, LLP, Associate, 2011-2012
PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS & MEMBERSHIPS
- Colorado Bar Association
- Ninth Judicial District Bar Association (President, 2019; Vice-President, 2018; Treasurer, 2017)
- Pitkin County Bar Association
- Roaring Fork Leadership (Class of 2014-2015)
PUBLICATIONS & PRESENTATIONS
- Presenter, Water Law/Court 201, Colorado Courts Legal Resource Week (October 27, 2021).
- Presenter, Water Law/Court 101, Colorado Courts Legal Resource Week (October 29, 2020).
- Author, Book Review, Global Climate Change and U.S. Law, Second Edition, 44 COLO. LAW. 56 (2015).
- Co-Editor, Washington State Bar Association Environmental Law and Land Use Section Newsletter, 2013-2014.
- Author, Prior Appropriation and Water Quality: The Water Court’s Authority to Protect and Appropriator’s Right to Clean Water, 16 U. DENV. WATER L. REV. 295 (2013).
- Author, Book Review, Environmental Law Handbook, 41 COLO. LAW. 75 (2012).
- Author, Sinking Nations and Climate Change Adaptations Strategies, 9 SEATTLE J. FOR SOC. JUST. 447 (2010).