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yan M. Hicks is a senior associate attorney who brings over eight years of civil litigation and bankruptcy law experience with him to The Hustead Law Firm (“THLF”). At THLF, Ryan’s practice will focus on representation of individuals, businesses and insurance carriers in construction defect, personal injury, and surety matters.

Prior to joining THLF, Ryan spent six years in Arizona as an attorney where he worked for two small bankruptcy firms and, later, for the largest civil litigation firm in the state. His bankruptcy experience included the representation of individual and small business debtors in Chapter 7 liquidations and Chapter 11 reorganizations. He also represented Trustees in Chapter 7 filings. While employed with Arizona’s largest civil litigation firm, Ryan’s experience included the defense of insurance companies and their insureds in construction defect, personal injury, first-party insurance bad faith, and premises liability actions. During his time in Arizona, Ryan was named a Super Lawyers Southwest Rising Star in 2013, 2014 and 2015 – an award received by only 2.5% of attorneys in the state. In 2015, wanting to be closer to family, Ryan decided to relocate to Denver, Colorado and joined a small, well-respected insurance defense/civil litigation firm where he worked until joining the team here at THLF.

Ryan was born and raised in a blue-collar town just north of Detroit to which he credits his understanding of the value of a hard day’s work. He later attended Western Michigan University where he ultimately earned two bachelor degrees in 2003 – one in economics and the other in marketing. While at Western Michigan, he received the 2003 Presidential Scholar Award in Economics and the 2003 Outstanding Academic Achievement Award in Marketing. After moving to the Southwest, Ryan earned his J.D. from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 2007. Between undergrad and law school, Ryan received Dean’s List academic recognition for 14 consecutive semesters.

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