Thomas G. Ryan


  • J.D., University of California, Los Angeles School of Law, 1975
  • B.A., cum laude, Amherst College, 1972

Bar Admissions

  • Nevada, 2005
  • Arizona, 1986

Thomas G. Ryan

3993 Howard Hughes Pkwy.
Suite 600
Las Vegas, Nevada 89169
Phone 702.949.8232
Fax 702.949.8349

Thomas Ryan is a partner practicing primarily in the areas of civil and complex commercial/business litigation. He is a former chair of the firm's Nevada offices, member of the firm's executive committee and head of the commercial litigation group.

His practice emphasizes complex commercial matters. He also has substantial experience in class actions, product liability, employment, real estate and securities litigation.

He has represented clients in multiple appearances before the United States Courts of Appeals for the Seventh and Ninth Circuits, Arizona appellate courts, and Nevada Supreme Court and has served as a judge pro tem on the Arizona Court of Appeals. 

Thomas also has more than 30 years' experience in arbitration, both as an advocate and as a neutral, as a member of the American Arbitration Association's panel of commercial arbitrators.

Representative Cases/Matters

  • Defended Nevada's largest hospital, medical staff and individual physicians in multiple cases involving 42 U.S.C. § 1983, antitrust, contract and tort claims arising out of alleged revocation and limitation of physician's clinical privileges. (Tate v. University Medical Center of Southern Nevada et al., 637 F. Supp. 2d 892 (D. Nev. 2009)); 606 F.3d 631 (9th Cir. 2010). See also Tate v. Univ. Med. Ctr. of S. Nev., 2010 U.S. Dist. Lexis 101790 (2010), 2012 U.S. App. LEXIS 15114 (9th Cir. July 23, 2012); 2013 WL 1249590 (March 26, 2013)
  • Obtained summary judgment for $1.68 million in quantum meruit damages on behalf of lawyer terminated by client after ten years of legal representation but prior to client's settlement of disability claim. (Merrick v. Sasser, 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 37263)
  • Trial attorney for major home furnishings manufacturer in Clark County, Nevada litigation against former officers for breach of fiduciary duties and breach of restrictive covenants resulting in jury verdict of $2.5 million in compensatory and punitive damages, including attorneys' fees and costs
  • Represented general contractor in obtaining summary judgment on contract claims. Summary judgment in favor of client was affirmed on appeal (Diamond Electric v. Pace Pacific Corp., 2009 U.S. App. Lexis 20636 (9th Cir. Sept. 16, 2009))
  • Represented privately-held conglomerate in litigation arising out of sale of allegedly tainted wheat resulting in massive recall of pet food (Southwest Pet Products v Koch Industries, 89 F. Supp. 2d 1115 (D. Ariz. 2000) and 105 F. Supp. 2d 1108 (D. Ariz. 2000))
  • Arbitrated dispute between Arizona Cardinals and Arizona State University arising out of advertising rights at ASU's Sun Devil stadium
  • Represented international architecture/engineering firm in "corporate raiding" litigation
  • Represented NYSE company and served as court-appointed lead counsel for defendants in multidistrict litigation (In re Temporomandibular Joint Products Liability Litigation, 94-MD-1001). This mass tort litigation involved approximately 300 cases arising out of failure of medical device. Client's motion for summary judgment in all cases was granted by MDL court (872 F. Supp. 1019 (D. Minn. 1995)) and affirmed by the Eighth Circuit (97 F.3d 1050 (8th Cir. 1996)) 
  •  Represented NYSE corporation involving purchase and sale of computer hardware and application of economic loss rule. Court's ruling in favor of client on motion for summary judgment was affirmed by the Ninth Circuit (Apollo v. Avnet, 58 F.3d 477 (9th Cir. 1995))
  • Represented national automobile insurer in class action litigation arising out of use of aftermarket parts in auto repairs
  • Represented NYSE company in breach of contract/successor liability case (Eastman Kodak v. A.R. Teeters, 836 P.2d 1034 (Ariz. App. 1992))
  • Represented NASD company in class action lawsuits involving shareholders' allegation of improper accounting

Memberships and Affiliations

  • State Bar of Nevada Disciplinary Board, Member
  • Clark County Bar Association, Member
  • American Arbitration Association, Commercial Panel Member
  • Mr. Ryan has spoken on issues of civil procedure, legal writing, wrongful discharge, economic loss in tort, and issues relaying to temporary restraining orders and preliminary injunctions, Article 2 of the Uniform Commercial Code and restrictive covenants
  • He has served as a Judge Pro Tem on the Arizona Court of Appeals
  • Arizona Supreme Court’s Committee on Bar Examinations, Former Chair
  • Diocesan Board of Education for the Roman Catholic Church, Diocese of Phoenix, Former President
  • St. Joseph the Worker, Former Chairman and President (non-profit corporation assisting homeless/low-income individuals)
  • State Bar of Wisconsin, Inactive (1979)
  • State Bar of Illinois, Inactive (1975)


Mr. Ryan is the author of numerous articles in the fields of commercial, business and employment law, including:

  • "Ten Things I Hate/Love About Writing," Clark County Bar Association
  • "Time Has Come for Reciprocity in Nevada," Nevada Lawyer
  • "Reasonable Relation and Party Autonomy Under the Uniform Commercial Code," Marquette Law Review
  • "Collateral Estoppel in Wisconsin Courts," Wisconsin Bar Bulletin
  • "The Status of Wrongful Discharge in Wisconsin," Wisconsin Bar Bulletin (recipient of State Bar's "Authorship Award")
  • "As with Hiring, Firing Must Be Judicious," Wisconsin Business Journal
  • "Recovery of Economic Loss in Tort," Wisconsin Bar Bulletin
  • "Third Bar Exam Has Little Charm," National Law Journal
  • "Rights, Remedies and Obligations of Buyers and Sellers in the Sale of Goods," Lorman Business Center, Inc.

Court Admissions

  • Nevada Supreme Court, 2005
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada, 2005
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit, 1995
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, 1993
  • Arizona Supreme Court, 1986
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona, 1986
  • Wisconsin Supreme Court, 1979
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin, 1979
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Wisconsin, 1979
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit, 1977
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit, 1976
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, 1976
  • Illinois Supreme Court, 1975

Other Distinctions

Thomas has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America© by Woodward/White, Aiken, S.C. in the category of Commercial Litigation since 2003. He is included in multiple editions of Mountain States Super Lawyers, and is recognized as one of the Top 100 attorneys in the 2013-2015 editions of Mountain States Super Lawyers in the area of Business Litigation. Thomas also has an "AV/Preeminent Attorney" rating with Martindale-Hubbell and a "Superb" rating with AVVO. In addition, Thomas is listed in Chambers USA America's Leading Business Lawyers, in the category of Commercial Litigation, most recently in 2015. He is also rated a Top Lawyer by Vegas, Inc. in the area of Employment-Management in 2012. He is listed in Nevada Business Magazine's 2014 Legal Elite in the Southern Nevada Top Attorneys category. 

Thomas has been selected as a Fellow by the Litigation Counsel of America, The Trial Lawyer Honorary Society. The Litigation Counsel of America is a trial lawyer honorary society composed of less than one-half of one percent of American Lawyers. Fellowship in the LCA is highly selective and by invitation only. Fellows are selected based upon effectiveness and accomplishment in litigation, both at the trial and appellate levels, and superior ethical reputation. 

Thomas received the Gold Eagle Award from E.I. DuPont de Nemours & Co. The award is the highest honor given by DuPont and was only the second time in the company’s history that the award had been presented to outside counsel. The award recognized Thomas for his leadership role in In re Temporomandibular Joint Products Liability Litigation, resulting in more than fifty consecutive trial and appellate rulings in DuPont's favor and the adoption of provisions in Restatement of Torts: Products Liability (1997) addressing a raw material supplier's liability for finished product performance.