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Working to protect the civil rights of individuals, Ryan M. Paulus represents clients in a variety of contexts, including discrimination, retaliation, harassment, whistleblower, consumer rights, personal injury, severance, and wage and hour disputes.


Ryan's confidence, perserverance, and attention to detail are invaluable to furthering his clients cause. Handling both large class actions and individual matters throughout his career, Ryan has developed a record of success in significant and complex litigation.


Ryan is also a combat veteran who served with distinction in Afghanistan as a SAPPER Company Operations Officer, earning both the Bronze Star Medal and the Combat Action Badge before resigning from the military at the rank of Captain.





Missouri Supreme Court

U.S. District Court- Western District of Missouri

U.S. District Court- District of Kansas



J.D. University of Missouri, Columbia, 2007

B.A. University Northern Iowa, 2004, cum laude



Bronze Star Medal

Combat Action Badge

Publishes on a regular basis at on current issues affecting employee rights.

(In progress) Delaney And The Evolution of At-Will Employment.

AVVO Clients' Choice in Employment 2012

Missouri Workers Compensation Law, Business over Breakfast Series featured speaker




National Employment Lawyers Association Member

National Employment Lawyers Association Kansas City Chapter Member

Missouri State Bar Association Member

Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association Member

Clay County Bar Association Member

Platte County Bar Association Member

Veterans of Foreign Wars member


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Practice areas


  1. Personal Injury: 20%
  2. Car Accident: 20%
  3. Discrimination: 20%
  4. Sexual Harassment: 20%
  5. Employment: 20%



Contingent (25-50%), Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (sometimes), Free consultation (30 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check

Attorney endorsements

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Contact info

Hollingshead, Paulus, Eccher & Fry

8350 N. Saint Clair Ave., Ste. 225
Kansas City, MO, 64151

Hollingshead, Paulus, Eccher & Fry

7777 Bonhomme Ave
Suite 2401
St. Louis, MO, 63105



MOGood Standing, Active200701/08/2013
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Rising StarSuperLawyers2016
Best of the BarKansas City Business Journal2016
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers2016
Largest reported plaintiff verdicts/judgmentsMissouri Lawyers Weekly2015
Rising StarSuper Lawyers Magazine2015
40 under 40National Trial Lawyers2015
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers2015
Best of the BarKansas City Business Journal2014
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers2014
Top 40 Under 40National Trial Lawyers2014
2014 Missouri & Kansas Rising StarsSuper Lawyers Magazine2014
Clients' Choice 2012: EmploymentAvvo.com2012
The Bronze Star MedalPresident of the United States2010
NATO Afghanistan Service MedalUnited States Department of the Army2009
Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Campaign StarUnited States Department of the Army2009
Combat Action BadgeUnited States Department of the Army2009
Global War On Terrorism Service MedalUnited States Department of the Army2009
Overseas Service RibbonUnited States Department of the Army2009
Reserve Components Achievement MedalUnited States Department of the Army2008
Humanitarian Service MedalUnited States Department of the Army2006
Excellence for the Future AwardThe Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction2006
Army Achievement MedalUnited States Department of the Army2005
National Defense Service MedalUnited States Department of the Army2001
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerHollingshead, Paulus, Eccher & Fry2014 - 2016
Managing MemberPaulus Law Firm LLC2009 - 2014
Contract AttorneyShook Hardy & Bacon, Kansas City, Mo/Overland Park, Ks2008 - 2009
AssociateGuilfoil Law Group2007 - 2008
Law ClerkSelby Law Group2005 - 2007
Association namePosition nameDuration
Kansas City - Ross T. Roberts American Inn of CourtMember2011 - Present
National Employment Lawyers Association (Kansas City chapter)Member2010 - Present
Clay County Bar AssociationMember2009 - Present
Veterans of Foreign WarsMember2009 - Present
Platte County Bar AssociationMember2008 - Present
Kansas City Metropolitan Bar AssociationMember2007 - Present
Missouri BarMember2007 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember2007 - 2009
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
William P. Griffin vs. City of Kansas City Missouri$154,654.70 judgment for the Plaintiff
Tanisha Ross-Paige vs. St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department Board of Police Commissioners7.5 Million Dollar Jury Verdict for the Plaintiff
Peter Uwaeke et al. vs. Swope Community Enterprises Inc. et al.$1.15 Million Dollar court approved settlement for Plaintiffs.
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
National Employment Lawyers AssociationN/ATrial Workshop2014
National Employment Lawyers AssociationN/A8th Circuit Employment Lawyers Conference2014
Ross T. Roberts Trial AcademyN/ATrial Academy Inn of Court2013
National Employment Lawyers AssociationN/A8th Circuit Employment Lawyers Convention2012
University of Missouri - Columbia School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2007
University of Northern IowaPublic AdministrationBA - Bachelor of Arts2004
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Step into your legal careerAdvice to new lawyers2014
Eighth Circuit NELA 2014 Employment Law ConferenceMissouri Legal Issues: Employment Law Update2014
Speaking EngagementAlcohol Offenses2008
Business over Breakfast SeriesMissouri Workers Compensation Law2008