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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 focused on civil litigation throughout her legal career, and she has spent extensive time in the courtroom or preparing for trial. She finds great satisfaction in protecting and defending clients and their businesses, and she endeavors to fully evaluate all opportunities for resolution in order to minimize the impact litigation can have on a client's business.

It's these businesses that make up the other highlight of her job: 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. Ryann prides herself on "speaking the client's language" on agricultural topics. She enjoys delving further into their businesses and makes it a priority to learn and understand their unique business goals and needs. Ryann especially values opportunities for hands-on experience with clients' work or visits to their facilities.

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

Service

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

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • 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 Case Study

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
  • 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.
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