J. Ryan Johnson

Special Counsel

Ryan Johnson is an experienced and versatile trial attorney.  Ryan’s practice focuses on civil litigation matters with an emphasis on defending retailers, restaurants, and trucking companies.  In addition to his legal experience, he has served as the Director of Claims for a Fortune 150 retailer, he is a military officer, he holds advanced business degrees, and he has earned his Associate in Risk Management.  Because of his extensive litigation and risk management experience, Ryan is uniquely qualified to represent the interests of both his insured and self-insured clients.

Ryan began his legal career in the United States Air Force where he served on active duty as a prosecutor, a defense counsel, and as a claims manager defending and asserting tort claims on behalf of the Air Force.  As Director of Claims for a Fortune 150 retailer, Ryan was directly responsible for managing the company’s general liability, workers’ compensation, and subrogation claims across 48 states.

Bar Admissions

  • Colorado, 2008
  • Virginia, 2016
  • Illinois (inactive), 2004
  • Wyoming (inactive), 2010
  • U.S. Air Force Court of Criminal Appeals
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces
  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado

Location

Denver Office
1001 17th Street
Suite 300
Denver, CO 80202

Education

JD: Catholic University, Columbus School of Law, 2004
MS: University of Colorado, Denver, 2015, Finance and Risk Management
MBA: University of Colorado, Denver, 2013
BA: The College of William and Mary, 2001, Government

Contact

johnsonr@hallevans.com

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Ryan

Career Distinctions & Honors
  • Ryan is an active member of the United States Air Force Reserves.  He is currently serving as the Staff Judge Advocate for the 507th Air Refueling Wing located at Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
Certifications
  • Associate in Risk Management (ARM)
ARTICLES & PUBLICATIONS // PRESENTATIONS // WEBINARS
  • Sedgwick-Dollar Tree Claims Summit, March 2018
  • Dollar Tree General Liability Panel Counsel Meeting, NRRDA Annual Conference, March 2018
  • Sedgwick-Dollar Tree Claims Summit, March 2017
  • Dollar Tree General Liability Panel Counsel Meeting, CLM National Retail, Restaurant & Hospitality Conference, February 2017
  • Presenter, “Striking a Balance for the Efficient Management of Claims and Litigation” CLM National Retail, Restaurant & Hospitality Conference, February 2017
Professional Experience
  • Staff Judge Advocate, U.S. Air Force Reserves, Judge Advocate General’s Corps, October 2008 – present
  • Director, Claims Management, Dollar Tree, Inc., Chesapeake, Virginia, December 2015 – June 2018
  • Attorney, Hall & Evans, LLC, Denver, Colorado, February 2009 – December 2015
  • Assistant Staff Judge Advocate, U.S. Air Force, Judge Advocate General’s Corps, January 2005 – October 2008
Business & Community Service
  • American Diabetes Association, Fundraiser
  • Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
  • Legal Counsel, Savio House Denver
Professional Associations
  • American Bar Association
  • Colorado Bar Association
    • Litigation Section
  • Colorado Defense Lawyers Association
  • Denver Bar Association
  • National Retail and Restaurant Defense Association
  • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance