Ryan Erickson is a tenacious litigator who thrives in the high-pressure environment of civil litigation. As a Partner at Lewis & Llewellyn, Ryan brings years of experience representing plaintiffs and defendants in a diverse array of complex disputes. He enjoys combining strategy, grit, and efficiency to best meet his clients’ litigation objectives.
After graduating with High Honors from Princeton University, Ryan received his law degree from UCLA, where he was an Editor of the Law Review and selected as a member of the Order of the Coif (top 10% of his class). Ryan began his career in the San Francisco office of Latham & Watkins LLP, one of the world’s premier law firms, where he represented several Fortune 500 companies in high-profile commercial disputes.
Since joining Lewis & Llewellyn in 2013, Ryan has secured complete defense victories for multiple clients in bet-the-company cases. Crossing the aisle to the plaintiff’s side of the courtroom, Ryan has secured millions of dollars in judgments and settlements through the successful prosecution of his clients’ claims. By litigating on both sides of the bar, Ryan brings a broad perspective to his practice that enables him to efficiently and effectively address the legal needs of his clients. For three consecutive years, Ryan has been selected as a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers Magazine, an honor reserved for only 2.5% of U.S. attorneys.
In addition to his business litigation practice, Ryan has also earned a reputation as a premier advocate for survivors of childhood sexual abuse. Applying the aggressive and exhaustive approach taken in high-stakes commercial litigation to his nationwide sexual abuse practice, Ryan has obtained numerous multi-million dollar recoveries on behalf of his clients. Along the way, he has become a tireless advocate for the prevention of sexual abuse. Ryan has been interviewed on numerous TV and radio programs on topics ranging from the obligation to report suspected child abuse to the tactics used by sexual predators to gradually and methodically build trust with a child in order to “groom” them for an illegal sexual relationship.
During his free time, Ryan enjoys competing in the occasional Ironman triathlon and spending time with his family, usually outdoors in their 1991 Volkswagen Westfalia Vanagon.
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Under 40 Hot List||Benchmark Litigation||2017|
|Rising Star||Super Lawyers||2016|
|Rising Star||Super Lawyers||2015|
|Rising Star||Super Lawyers||2014|
|Justice Walker Pro Bono Award||Legal Aid of Napa Valley||2013|
|Outstanding Pro Bono Legal Services||Legal Aid Association of California||2012|
|Outstanding Pro Bono Legal Services||Legal Aid Association of California||2011|
|Outstanding Pro Bono Legal Services||Legal Aid Association of California||2010|
|Order of the Coif||The UCLA School of Law||2009|
|Magna Cum Laude||Princeton University||2004|
|Partner||Lewis & Llewellyn LLP||2013 - Present|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|CALICO Center||Board Member||2017 - Present|
|Edward J. McFetridge Inn of Court||Member||2014 - Present|
|University of California at Los Angeles School of Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2009|
|Princeton University||A.B., Magna Cum Laude||2004|
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