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Ryan Stuart Coward

Military law Attorney at Colorado Springs, CO

5.0   8 reviews
  • Licensed for 16 years
    State CO
    Acquired 2007
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About Ryan

Learn Ryan’s areas of practice.

Mr. Coward is well versed in several practice areas including: criminal defense and military court-martial defense, civil rights litigation and employment litigation.

Having represented Army Major Nidal Hasan in the pre-trial phases of his capital court-martial, and Army Staff Sergeant Robert Bales in the post-trial phases of his court-martial and many other clients in high profile cases in Colorado, Mr. Coward has experience litigating the most complex and public trials. On forefront of modern day trial practice, Mr. Coward aggressively litigates on behalf of his clients. With a diverse skill set, Mr. Coward provides clients with world class representation.

Location

Aviso Law LLC
618 N. Tejon St.
Colorado Springs, CO, 80903

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Posted by anonymous | December 8, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Great Job! Security Clearance Incident Mitigation
Ryan was invaluable, knowledgeable, and decisive when it came to assisting with the mitigation of a Security Incident on my clearance. After doing my research and reaching out to the offices of Aviso Law, I was contacted promptly by Mr. Coward and we proceeded to lay out an effective plan of mitigation for the issue. After about a year of tumultuous developments and just as much eerie silence, action was taken and the work we prepared so far in advance was finally ready to serve its purpose. Due to our preemptive preparation, the incident was successfully mitigated and handled. Ryan had an unfathomable level of knowledge with Clearance / Military Law that proved indispensable in this process, I could not be happier with the outcome.
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Posted by Mary Ann | November 17, 2021
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Great job done!
Mr. Coward worked w the state regulatory agency and my case was dismissed. I have my credentials back and can work again. Thank you sir!!!!
Posted by Jamarv | October 1, 2021
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The Lawyer you can rely on.
Go with Mr Coward, he handled my case load quick, and whole heartedly. This firm doesnt just put your folder on the shelf. You'll get a good sense of security. When you have a lawyer like Mr Coward, who answers your questions, Responds to emails, and most of all cares about the well being of his clients...Get Ur Game Right!!! Call Ryan!
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Posted by Blaine | August 30, 2021
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Honest, Highly Professional and Dedicated Defense Attorney
Mr. Coward is an honest and dedicated professional who puts his clients first. He greatly helped me to clearly understand both the military and legal aspects of an intricate case, which originated on an overseas military installation. With the help of Aviso Law, I was able to overcome an extremely severe and complex situation that greatly impacted my family, career and lifestyle. Mr. Coward’s legal guidance and wisdom fostered a great defensive posture, while positioning me to best protect my children and military career; all while encountering issues that no one expected and few had ever seen. He tirelessly worked to make sure that the truth was told on my behalf and presented it perfectly. He has stood by every one of my requests and guided me through the entire lengthy legal process. Though we faced challenges, Mr. Coward never faltered and provided sound guidance during every step. His thorough research is a testament of his success as an attorney and provided a pathway to rebuild my life and a rise to victory for my family. I strongly endorse Aviso Law. I am proud to be an Aviso Law client and will retain them again if ever facing another legal matter as I know I am in the best hands.
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Posted by anonymous | June 14, 2021
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Outstanding Attorney
Ryan Coward is truly an exceptional attorney. He's good-natured, personable, respectful, and honest. I only wish I would have found him sooner. Ryan was recommended to me after having three prior attorneys that were awful! I lost a lot of money, hope, and time in the process. Due to my unique situation, Ryan was forthright about my case and the possible downfalls - and then he took it on. The prior attorneys told me to just take the settlement offered, but when Ryan took over he got my case completely expunged! With all the odds against me and my case in a mess, Ryan made the impossible possible. I could not be more satisfied with the outcome and most grateful for Ryan's help. He did what three prior attorneys couldn't get done! Ryan is an excellent communicator and negotiator and truly cares about his clients. He was mindful of his attorney fees and didn't charge careless and needless fees like the prior attorneys did. The office staff are kind, friendly, and pleasant to work with. I could not have asked for a better attorney. I highly recommend Ryan to anyone in need of competent and effective legal representation.
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Posted by Jenny | November 14, 2020
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Lifesaver
Ryan was a lifesaver, I do not say this lightly. As a team, we faced my civilian case and my military General Court Martial. Two cases placed against me after an uncontested divorce and within 3 mths. He has been more than just a lawyer in my eyes for he kept me grounded, looked out/worked with my family, and HE continued to look out for my future, when I was ready to throw in the towel. I was placed in pre-trial confinement and it was the beginning of COVID. During these restraints and restrictions, it did not for one bit stop Ryan from being there for me and fighting for justice. Through his superb strategies and utmost knowledge balancing both my civilian and military cases, my civilian case was dismissed and I’ll be retiring with 20 years of service. In any case there are unique circumstances; Ryan was vital to making the best decision for me and my family. Regardless of money or a person doing their job, his level of care can not be taught, bought or found in just anybody. The way he operates with concern, knowledge and communication, radiates throughout his legal team/members and in the courtroom/proceedings.
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Posted by James | March 25, 2020
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Best down to earth lawyer ever
He will always tell you the truth on what the case will look like and give everything he has to make sure you win! He did the best job and didn’t beat around the bush on what can happen. He made sure I was released of all unfair charges no matter how much hard work he had to put in. I would never even fathom using another lawyer if I want someone who works hard to get what you deserve and is the most honest transparent lawyer you will ever find in Colorado hands down! Don’t underpay for someone who just wants to settle and get your file off his desk. This guy will give it his all and is very classy in doing it. He brings a whole new outlook on what a lawyer should do for you!!
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Posted by Arthur | December 11, 2013
He saved my baby!
We started with one attorney, but that attorney had to step aside due to health reasons. Ryan and his team did so much more than our first attorney ever did. They came up with ideas to knock out charges by filing motions to the point of trying to get everything dropped before the judges actual decision. One of three charges did go away with this strategy, but the judge was obliged to rule on the other two. But no problem, as Ryan went on to defend our case there was enough reasonable doubt that our daughter was innocent. Ryan laid all of these facts out for the court and ultimately the judge did indeed rule in our favor. All of which would not be possible without Ryan's hard work, the time he put in for this case, the good communication he gave, and the time he gave to our daughter, her mother, and to myself. Overall, I would suggest Ryan to take on any case. He proved his knowledge of Colorado statute, he and his firm came up with some really good ideas to tackle the problems - they would share these ideas every chance they got, he is confident and respectful in the courtroom, highly recommended. But I'm a craft worker, I had no idea how much a good attorney really costs - wow! I recently had secured a loan to take care of some home improvements, some of which did get done, I guess the rest will just have to wait... I suppose you get what you pay for is true?
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Capital Defense Counsel
  • Judge Advocate General's Corps U.S. Army
  • 2012 - 2013
  • General Counsel
  • Judge Advocate General's Corps U.S. Army
  • 2010 - 2012
  • JAG
  • U.S. Army Judge Advocate General's Corps
  • 2008 - 2010
  • Director
  • The John Marshall Law School Veterans Legal Center and Clinic
  • 2007 - 2008
  • Clerk
  • Cook County State Attorney's Office
  • 2006 - 2007
  • Clerk
  • Reed Centraccio & Associates
  • 2005 - 2007
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Education

  • University of Illinois, Chicago
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2007
  • DePaul University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2004

Sample of Legal Cases

  • United States v. Bales
  • Colorado v. S.G.
  • Not Guilty of All Charges
  • United States v. Hasan
  • Won a highly publicized writ appeal

Associations

  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2014 - Present
  • Colorado Bar Association
  • 2013 - Present
  • Colorado Bar Association, Military Law Committee
  • 2013 - Present
  • Colorado Hispanic Bar Association
  • 2013 - Present
  • Colorado Criminal Defense Bar Association
  • 2013 - Present
  • The John Marshall Law School Veterans Legal Center and Clinic
  • Advisory Board
  • 2008 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Denver's Top Lawyers
  • 5280 Magazine
  • 2020
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2020
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2019
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2018
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2017
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2016
  • Denver's Top Lawyers
  • 5280 Magazine
  • 2016
  • Denver's Top Lawyers
  • 5280 Magazine
  • 2015
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2015
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Top 40 Under 40
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Top 10 Under 40
  • National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • 2014
  • The Spirit of John Marshall Award
  • The John Marshall Law School Board of Trustees
  • 2013
  • Award for Excellence in Legal Assistance
  • American Bar Association, Standing Committee on Legal Assistance for Military Personnel
  • 2008
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Publications

Speaking Engagements

  • Military Law Survey
  • Capital Defense in the Military Setting
  • 2014
  • Veterans Benefits Conference
  • Vetrans Benefits and Active Duty Military Personnel
  • 2011
  • University of Nebraska Law School
  • Introduction to th Army JAG Corps
  • 2011
  • Veterans Benefits CLE
  • Veterans Benefits
  • 2007
  • Veterans Benefits CLE
  • Veterans Administration: Application & Appeal for Health & Education Benefits
  • 2007
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Attorney endorsements

Received (8)
Given (6)
Endorse Ryan
Military law Attorney | Sep 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I give my strongest recommendation to Mr. Ryan Coward. I met Ryan while serving with him as a fellow Trial Defense Services Defense Counsel on active duty. Ryan was a gifted lawyer and Soldier with a great reputation. I give my recommendation to him as a lawyer, Soldier, and person."
Military law Attorney | Sep 08
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. Ryan is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Unknown Attorney | May 22
Relationship: Other
"Top-notch attorney. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 22
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I tried my first attempted murder case with Ryan. Ryan was so impressive that when my team needed another lawyer on a complex, capital court-martial, I immediately thought of Ryan. As usual, Ryan delivered and produce impressive results. I would work with Ryan on any matter and expect to succeed."
Litigation Attorney | Sep 17
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Ryan is a very experienced, aggressive trial lawyer. I have worked with Ryan on several trials and have seen first hand his skill, dedication and compassion. I highly recommend Ryan."
Military law Attorney | Jan 22
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I opposed Ryan Coward in a court-martial trial a few years ago in Korea. I remember Ryan as a very astute, formidable opponent. Ryan approaches legal issues with intelligence and a keen analysis. His assignment as a litigator in the JAG Corps no doubt provided him with experiences that most attorneys never have. Again, Ryan is an excellent attorney who can handle the most difficult of cases."
Litigation Attorney | Jan 20
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Ryan is a keen, smooth, and intensely sharp litigator. Having worked with him on several cases, I know he exemplifies the old adage "iron sharpens iron". He is not afraid to stretch the limits for his clients. Ryan gets results."
Litigation Attorney | Jan 17
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I was the opposing-counsel against Ryan Coward on numerous trials when we were both serving in the military and stationed in Korea. Ryan is an excellent advocate, outstanding in the courtroom and his ethics are beyond reproach. Ryan, a very worthy adversary and opponent, was also a pleasure to deal with in and outside of the courtroom. I give Ryan my highest recommendation."
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Colorado Springs Military law Lawyer Ryan Stuart Coward
Ryan Stuart Coward
Military law Attorney
Colorado Springs, CO
Licensed for 16 years