Kathleen Ryan is a senior litigator with extensive experience appearing in all levels of courts in the province of Alberta.
Kathleen has represented companies, shareholders, employees, professionals, and government. She provides advice and counsel in commercial, corporate, and insurance disputes. Kathleen’s representations include disputes respecting commercial insurance coverage, restrictive covenants, fiduciary disputes, interprovincial contractor disputes, and construction litigation. Kathleen has been recognized since 2016 as one of the Best Lawyers in Canada (Corporate and Commercial Litigation).
Kathleen has a major focus on consumer litigation, including catastrophic injury litigation and professional malpractice. As part of that practice, she advances plaintiffs’ claims for serious personal injury, including claims for fatality, brain injury, quadriplegia, paraplegia, spinal cord injury, fractures, chronic injuries (including chronic pain and TMJ injury) and disability. Kathleen has dealt with insurers extensively and can help plaintiffs advance their claims to resolution or trial. She was the recipient of the ACTLA President’s Award in 2019.
In addition to her experience as a litigator, Kathleen counsels clients on and employs appropriate alternative dispute resolution strategies. Kathleen taught at or evaluated for the bar admission course in negotiation for over a decade.
Kathleen Ryan has volunteered extensively within the legal community. She was an elected Bencher (Director) of the Law Society of Alberta for nine years between 2012 and 2021, and, in that role, chaired multiple committees, including the Conduct Committee, the Audit and Finance Committee, and the Practice Review Committee. She chairs the Law Society of Alberta’s Equity Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Committee and the Lawyer Competence Advisory Committee. She is a director of the Alberta Law Reform Institute. Kathleen is a Mentor for the Law Society of Alberta Mentor Connect program. She is also a past president of both the Alberta Civil Trial Lawyers Association and the St. Thomas More Lawyers’ Guild of Northern Alberta. Kathleen was a 2017 recipient of the Women in Law Leadership Award (WILL) and in 2013 was recognized as one of Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 (WXN).
Kathleen has presented at or chaired numerous seminars and legal education events including: EDI and internationally trained lawyers, ethics in negotiation, advocacy, dealing with insurers, the Rules of Court, damages, brain injury, employee evidence, affidavit evidence, and sexual harassment in the workplace.