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Overview

For Ryann, there's nothing better than advocating for a client. An experienced litigator, she's passionate about winning cases, both in and out of the courtroom.

Ryann has litigated numerous commercial disputes in state and federal district courts, including the following: U.S. District Court of Nebraska, U.S. District Court of Minnesota, U.S. District Court of Missouri, U.S. District Court of Illinois and U.S. District Court of Iowa. Her representation ranges from a variety of commercial business disputes to focused, food- and agriculture-related commercial litigation. Ryann has extensive experience managing complex commercial litigation, including navigating extensive eDiscovery issues. Ryann is a member of the firm’s initiative focused around protecting company trade secrets and leads these legal teams in multiple federal districts. Ryann is a lead trial attorney and highly experienced in both bench and jury trials.

Ryann focuses her practice on food and agriculture companies, and these are industries she knows and loves. Ryann's love of agriculture stems from being raised on her family's Iowa farm. Her family continues to be involved in the industry, making agricultural concerns a topic of discussion and interest in her daily life.

While Ryann handles a wide variety of commercial litigation for food and agriculture companies, she also provides clients with legal advice surrounding food regulatory laws. She has a special interest in the organic products industry and works with organic certification issues.


Industry

Services

Recognition

  • Great Plains Super Lawyers, Rising Star, 2019-2020

Education

  • J.D., Creighton University School of Law
    • cum laude
      • Litigation Concentration
      • CALI Excellence for the Future Award, Military Law
      • CALI Excellence for the Future Award, Federal Habeas Corpus
      • Law Dean’s Academic Scholarship Recipient
      • National Moot Court Competition Participant
      • National AAJ Mock Trial Competition Participant & Semi-Finalist
      • Client Counseling Competition Participant
      • Environmental Law Society
      • International Law Society
  • B.A., Augustana College
    • cum laude
      • Dean’s List

Admissions

  • Iowa
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Iowa
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Iowa
  • Nebraska
  • U.S. District Court, Nebraska
  • U.S. District Court, District of North Dakota

Professional Memberships and Certifications

  • Iowa Association for Justice, Board Member 2013-2017
  • Pottawattamie County Bar Association, Vice-President 2013-present
  • Iowa State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Iowa Organization of Women Attorneys
  • Omaha Bar Association
  • Women in Agribusiness

Languages

  • Spanish, conversational
Featured Experience

An Intellectual Property Defense

Our client Farmobile, an independent farm data company, faced allegations that it misappropriated trade secrets from a competitor. The lawsuit in U.S. District Court sought a judgment declaring the plaintiff to be the owner of certain Farmobile intellectual property.

Persuasive argument by the Husch Blackwell team resulted in a complete victory on summary judgment for Farmobile. In dismissing all claims, the judge wrote that the plaintiff "failed to identify any use or disclosure of the alleged trade secrets" and failed to prove it was entitled to damages or relief.


Additional Experience
  • Obtained motion to dismiss in U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois, on behalf of one of nation's largest ethanol producers, dismissing our client from trade secrets misappropriation lawsuit after presenting unrebutted evidence proving a lack of personal jurisdiction. Court found arguments persuasive, indicating "Plaintiff has done little other than show that some subsidiaries do some business in the state, which courts have repeatedly affirmed is not enough." Dismissal allowed our client to avoid significant additional time, effort and expense associated with a lengthy discovery process.
  • Extensive litigation experience in Iowa civil state courts.
  • Successfully argued before the Iowa Court of Appeals, achieving favorable results for her clients.
  • Represented clients through commercial real estate transactions, estate planning, and corporate formation.
Case Studies
Farmobile LLC

Farmers Edge alleged that Farmobile’s co-founders—former employees of a company acquired by Farmers Edge in 2014—had misappropriated purportedly proprietary information in the development of farm data-collection and standardization technologies. Farmobile turned to Husch Blackwell to defend it in potentially enterprise-threatening litigation.

News Releases | August 19, 2020
Husch Blackwell Scores Eighth Circuit Win for Farmobile in Trade Secret Dispute

The earlier court ruling granted summary judgment to Farmobile.

News Releases | December 19, 2019
Husch Blackwell Welcomes 22 New Partners

Nearly 60 percent of the firm's 2020 partnership class is comprised of women.

News Releases | July 10, 2019
2019 Great Plains Super Lawyers Names Six From Husch Blackwell

Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.

Outside the Office

Ryann stays busy with her young family.

She and her husband have two small sons, and the family enjoys spending time outdoors and traveling. When they can, Ryann and her family also enjoy cheering on the Creighton Bluejay men's basketball team.

As her extended family continues to reside on their Iowa farm, Ryann enjoys getting away to the countryside, especially during the fall harvest time.

Community Leadership
  • Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation, Board Member and Past President
  • Phoenix House Shelter for Battered Women, Volunteer Legal Instructor 
  • Leadership Council Bluffs 2013 Graduate
  • Rotary Club of Council Bluffs Centennial, 2010-2013

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