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Ryan Douglas Caldwell

Bankruptcy and debt Attorney at Lincoln, NE

4.8   18 reviews
  • Licensed for 18 years
    State NE
    Acquired 2005
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About Ryan

Learn Ryan’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Bankruptcy and debt
    Consumer debt can be dealt with by a bankruptcy filing or the development of a manageable repayment plan. Learn what might be best under your unique circumstances.

    18 years

  2. Chapter 13 bankruptcy
    Create a debt repayment plan over a period of 36 or 60 months. Unlike consolidated credit counseling and the like, if debt isn't paid off in full at the completion of the repayment plan, the remaining is wiped away as long as you made all required payments under the plan. This is a good option to get caught up on your mortgage, car payments, or pay for taxes without penalties and interest.

    18 years, 250 cases

  3. Chapter 7 bankruptcy
    Get out of debt by liquidating your property. The good news is I usually can save all of your property from liquidation. If I can't, I'll explain what to expect in a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy or whether a different kind of bankruptcy would be beneficial.

    18 years, 750 cases

  4. Appeals
    If you believe the decision of the trial court was wrong and didn't properly apply the law to your case then an appeal to a higher court, like the Court of Appeals or Supreme Court, is a course of action to get a just result.

    18 years, 51 cases

Ryan D. Caldwell is an attorney at Caldwell Law. Ryan helps clients in Omaha, Lincoln and Southeast Nebraska with bankruptcy and filing appeals. Consider Caldwell Law for compassionate legal care.

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Ryan Caldwell before the Nebraska Supreme Court arguing a family law case on appeal.
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Contact Ryan

Caldwell Law, LLC
5000 Central Park Drive, Suite 204
Lincoln, NE, 68504


4.8 / 5.0
  18 customer reviews
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Posted by Jeffrey | April 18, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great job by a great attorney
Ryan was incredibly helpful, kind and respectful throughout the entire bankruptcy process. He responded quickly to every query that I had and never made me feel like I was bothering him. It just goes to show that not all lawyers are blood sucking leeches; well at least I can say for certain Ryan Caldwell is not.
Posted by Lucero Gonzalez | August 17, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Responsive and easy to work with
Ryan helped me with my bankruptcy case a few years ago and was so efficient and on top of everything. He made me feel comfortable through the process. To this day, if I need copies of anything, he responds quickly and sends them right away. He doesn’t put you off until later just because your case is over. I refer anyone considering bankruptcy to him.
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Response from Ryan Caldwell August 19, 2021
Thank you, Lucy! With today's technology, it is easy to find the documents a client needs quickly and forward them right away. There should never be a wait to "find the documents". Even client's from several years ago or a decade or more ago will get their documents quickly. I'm glad you were comfortable throughout the process. That's what I strive for all of my clients.
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Posted by Yolanda | September 16, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Mr Caldwell helped me with a bankruptcy. He provided a free consult at the beginning of the process and explained everything and answered my questions. He helped me step by step and was so thorough. Mr Caldwell, thank you so much for all your help! You are so appreciated and helped me through a process I was so dreading and made it very bearable. THANK YOU!
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Posted by Teri | August 12, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Straight to the point.
I went to Mr. Caldwell for my bankruptcy. He told me precisely what would happen and what to expect. No fluff, just straight to the point. I highly recommend his services as an attorney.
Posted by Larry | July 21, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I was so busy with work and home that I drug the process out a bit but he worked with me and around my schedule
Posted by Brandon | April 6, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Ryan Makes the Process Smooth
Filed last year and Ryan made the process smooth and simplistic. From our first consultation to creditors meeting, to reminding me when paperwork needed to be completed. Ryan went above and beyond, making this process simple Ryan also responds to email quickly, and with answers. If you are looking for a great lawyer than look no farther Ryan is your guy.
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Posted by anonymous | August 25, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Ryan is wonderful to work with....He answered all of my questions in a timely manner and it was a smooth experience...I highly recommend Ryan...
Posted by Renee | May 21, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Ryan Caldwell is a very outstanding lawyer he was very attentive to every question I had he made me feel at ease under the circumstances, I highly recommend him if you are considering bankrupcy. Thanks Ryan I will be sending clients your way!
Response from Ryan Caldwell June 1, 2019
Thank you Renee. I'm glad you felt at ease and enjoying a debt free life!
Posted by Mari | February 27, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent and knowledgable attorney!
I consulted Ryan over a year ago to help me with my concerns before deciding whether or not it was in best interest to file. After he guided me and answered all my questions I took some time to prepare. When I was finally ready to file, Ryan met with me and went through the whole process step by step. Filing bankruptcy is not an easy decision, but I felt comfortable that I was being represented by someone knowledable and understanding. I made the right choice with Ryan as my attorney.
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Response from Ryan Caldwell June 1, 2019
Thank you for your comments. I am glad you feel like you were provided an education on a difficult topic in an understanding way so you could make the best decision for you.
Posted by Carolyn | November 13, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Fresh Start
Ryan was the most up front compassionate attorney to work with. He told us the costs up front, explained the process, timelines and responded in a timely manner to all our questions. There were no hidden fees and he worked very hard on our bankruptcy to help us.
Response from Ryan Caldwell June 1, 2019
Thank you for the comments. I try to be as compassionate as possible because I realize the tremendous amount of stress my clients must be going through. It can't be easy, but hopefully with some knowledge and advice I can help alleviate some of that stress so you can move forward in a positive direction.
Posted by Debra | September 2, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Ryan Caldwell did and excellent job in facilitating our bankruptcy taking care of the creditors and all the legal issues within a short period of time.
Posted by Pamela | July 8, 2015
Excellent choice
I am so glad that I chose Ryan Caldwell to represent me and help me to file my bankruptcy. I was very nervous, and he put my mind at ease. Anytime I had a question, I could call or email and get a prompt response. Ryan took great care to make sure that I was well informed every step of the way. Mostly I felt that he was honest and trustworthy and had my best interests in mind at all times. I will definitely contact him if I have any future need for an attorney. Thanks so much Ryan!!
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Posted by Calvin | February 10, 2014
Great job!!
Ryan did an excellent job with our case and we couldn't be happier with him and all he did to help us out. We highly recommend him if you're in need of a lawyer! Thanks again for your help!!
Posted by Pat | January 20, 2014
Our review of Ryan Caldwell, Caldwell-Law
Ryan immediately put us at ease and we felt we were being represented by a knowledgeable, sincere and compassionate individual. He made us feel like he understood our situation and that we were doing the right thing under our circumstances. Our case was handled very professionally and we were very pleased with the outcome. We are also confident that Ryan will be there in the future to help us if the need should arise.
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Posted by Jennifer | August 7, 2012
Omaha Bankruptcy Professional!!
Despite the fact I was going through bankruptcy, Mr. Caldwell informed me and prepared me so well I was not scared or stressed out about my court hearing. It was a breeze! I met Mr. Caldwell at his Omaha office and he immediately made me feel comfortable and didn't judge me. It feels so much better being debt free. I would recommend Mr. Caldwell
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Posted by Dana | December 15, 2011
The Best Bankruptcy Attorney in Nebraska!!!
I'm surprised that Mr. Caldwell has only 1 point on here for industry recognition. Whoever tabulates the scores obviously do not look at case loads and talk to other attorneys. Mr. Caldwell was simply the best. You can't ask for more than for someone to tell you how the whole bankruptcy thing works and how it will be applied to me. Mr. Caldwell did just that. He was so helpful in getting me to understand my role and led me every step of the way. I was a little worried about my court hearing, but after it only lasted a minute, I hardly had time to worry. I was glad Mr. Caldwell was there to help me thorugh it. If you are considering bankruptcy, there is no reason to look anywhere else then Mr. Caldwell. He knows his stuff, well known in the Lincoln area and makes you feel good about the whole thing.
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Posted by Weston | August 4, 2010
Great Bankruptcy Attorney
Ryan did a great job with my bankruptcy. He helped me know what my options were and didn't push his services on me. He was very responsive to my emails, even replying on a weekend to a question. He prepared me for my hearing well. I wasn't too nervous about it. It seemed to be a pretty simple process.
Posted by Helen | April 10, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Never can reach him and he doesn’t return phone calls or emails.
We filed Chapter 13 a little over two years ago. Since that time my husband has become disabled, we moved and I have a lower paying job. We can’t meet the payment schedule that was set up and fell behind. We have tried calling him to discuss options but our phone calls aren’t returned. We are so disappointed with his service and don’t want anyone else to have the same problems.
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Response from Ryan Caldwell April 26, 2019
I'm sorry you feel that way. I note from the email correspondence that I always responded to you timely and explained the options available to you. Ultimately I can't make decisions for you. I can only advise and make suggestions. My job is to lay out the options and what we need to do to complete the chosen option. I understand that you may not like your options, but bankruptcy law gives us certain requirements that must be followed. These were explained to you. It is explained to all potential clients that I will respond immediately to email and text messages. Since I am a solo attorney with offices in Lincoln and Omaha, my availability by phone is limited and I would prefer not to spend that time playing phone tag. All clients are encouraged to schedule a phone call at a specific day and time. That way we don't have to constantly be trying to call each other back over several days. In conclusion, records show that I responded to you and provided your options in a timely and professional manner as I do with all of my cases. If you would like to discuss more you can contact me or schedule a meeting online by going to
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  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 150-200 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 8.2 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • President
  • Caldwell Law, LLC
  • 2011 - Present
  • Senior Associate Attorney
  • Bianco/Stroh, LLC
  • 2009 - 2011
  • Senior Associate Attorney
  • Bianco, Perrone & Stroh
  • 2007 - 2009
  • Associate Attorney
  • Bianco Law
  • 2005 - 2007
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  • Nebraska College of Law
  • Juris Doctorate
  • 2005
  • University of Nebraska, Kearney
  • Bachelor of Science
  • 2002

Legal Cases

  • Mann v. Rich, 18 Neb.App. 849, 794 N.W.2d 183 (2011)
  • Success-The Court of Appeals remanded to the trial court stating the trial court erred by not accepting more recent evidence and that providing temporary custody pending a modification trial was in error
  • Ryan v. Hatcher, 435 B.R. 615 (Bankr.Neb. 2010)
  • Success-Nebraska Bankruptcy Court held that daughter committed defalcation of her fiduciary duty to client and ruled the debt non-dischargeable.
  • Donscheski v. Donscheski, 17 Neb.App. 807, 771 N.W.2d 213 (2009)
  • Success-Court of Appeals remanded stating that trial court erred by not allowing child to testify and client was not required to prove advance burden to remove out of state because the father previously agreed to removal in the first agreement
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  • National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Nebraska State Bar Association, Bankruptcy Section
  • 2005 - Present
  • Nebraska State Bar Association
  • 2005 - Present
  • Delta Tau Delta International Fraternity
  • Division Vice President/Chapter Advisor
  • 2002 - Present
  • Nebraska State Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • 2005 - 2012
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Nester Award for Leadership
  • University of Nebraska-Kearney
  • 2002


Speaking Engagements

  • Division Leadership Conference
  • Leadership Development
  • 2012

Attorney endorsements

Received (11)
Given (10)
Endorse Ryan
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Dec 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ryan Caldwell offers a range of legal solutions to Nebraska families. As a bankruptcy practitioner, he is detail oriented and his website contains a helpful and free online bankruptcy analysis to jumpstart the process of seeking debt relief."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Aug 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have been following Ryan’s blog for the last several years. He always offers perceptive insights into the issues that face people who are struggling with the burden of debt, and helps them see that there is life after debt. He even offers a free online bankruptcy analysis for people who are wondering if bankruptcy is the right option for them. It is obvious that he focuses his practice on pursuing the best options for his clients. He is the lawyer to whom I would refer potential clients in Lincoln or Omaha, or anywhere else in Nebraska for that matter."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Aug 15
Relationship: Co-worker
"Ryan and I are former co-workers. He is a very thorough attorney and I have personally seen him help his clients, including my friends and family, through very difficult bankruptcy matters. He was always my go to guy when I had tough issues in the case I was handling, and I still reach out to him for help when it is needed. Ryan is the attorney you want for bankruptcy needs."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Aug 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He offers good advice and candid insightful answers on this forum. I can say that I would strongly recommend him as a bankruptcy attorney."
Chapter 7 bankruptcy Attorney | Aug 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I recommend Ryan as a bankruptcy lawyer. In our marketing listserv whose members are mostly bankruptcy lawyers, he stands out in a natiowide audience. He is an excellent choice for your attorney."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Jul 28
Relationship: Other
"Ryan is a fellow contributor to the Avvo advice panel and to several other such panels. He is a fellow member of the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys (NACBA) which is the most influential bankruptcy association in the US. His advice in the panels is good and on point, which shows that he knows his field."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Jul 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Ryan Caldwell. We've never met in person, but I am a fellow member of NACBA and I have enjoyed reading many of his blog postings regarding bankruptcy. He provides helpful advice to other bankruptcy attorneys as well as to his own clients."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Apr 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Caldwell is an outstanding attorney with an exceptional reputation. He is a strong and zealous advocate for his clients and a credit to the legal profession. I highly recommend his legal services."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Apr 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Ryan Caldwell. Ryan primarily focuses his career on helping consumers with bankruptcy and debt issues, as well as assisting individuals with family, probate, and estate issues. He also spends time on Avvo providing free legal advice, which is commendable. Ryan is an asset to the legal community."
Family Attorney | Dec 30
Relationship: Family member
"One of the best things about Ryan is that he really cares for his clients. He wants to compassionately care for his client's legal needs. We have family friends in Lincoln and Omaha who have gone to him for help and they are all pleased with what he was able to do for them. Be it bankruptcy, estate planning or even divorce, Ryan has been able to lead them to their legal goal. He explains the law and process in an understandable way and I think clients like that."
Family Attorney | Oct 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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Lincoln Bankruptcy and debt Lawyer Ryan Douglas Caldwell
Ryan Douglas Caldwell
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney
Lincoln, NE
Licensed for 18 years
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