Ryan J. Klein
Ryan J. Klein

Member

Phone: 719.448.4028

Fax: 719.635.4576

rklein2@shermanhoward.com

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Legal Secretary

Rachel Schipper
719.448.4029

Areas of Emphasis

Government Contracts

Litigation, Trials and Appeals

Construction

Education

  • Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, Santa Clara Law, 2005
    • Order of the Coif
    • Editor, Santa Clara Law Review
  • Bachelor of Business Administration, magna cum laude, University of Notre Dame, 2002

Ryan Klein is a Member in Sherman & Howard’s Colorado Springs office. Ryan has more than 12 years of experience representing clients in government contracts, construction, commercial litigation, and employment matters. Ryan’s experience with government contracts extends to all types of federal, state, and local procurements and covers the entire procurement process from award to claim/litigation.

Representative Matters
  • Represented government contractors and subcontractors on all matters related to federal, state, and local procurements, including contract or subcontract award, bid and size protests, contract administration, claims, disputes, and litigation, and ethical, fraud, and criminal issues.
  • Negotiated prime contracts, subcontracts, teaming agreements, joint ventures, non-disclosure agreements, and other contractual documents for government contractors and subcontractors.
  • Successfully prosecuted claims against the U.S. government in the Court of Federal Claims and Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals.
  • Represented government prime contractors and subcontractors in private disputes in federal and state courts.
  • Obtained full dismissal on behalf of a general contractor for claims asserted in the U.S. District Court of Colorado by a billion dollar subcontractor on a federal government contract and then successfully defended an appeal to the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals.
  • Obtained full trial verdict on behalf of a general contractor against a large subcontractor on a federal government contract in Colorado district court.
  • Represented government contractors in numerous bid protests before the Government Accountability Office and various federal agencies.
  • Successfully defended a bid protest to the Government Accountability Office on a $17 million procurement.
  • Successfully prosecuted bid protest in Pueblo, Colorado on a $1.3 million dollar procurement.
  • Represented government contractors in size protests before the Small Business Administration and Office of Hearings and Appeals.
  • Successfully protested contract awards that had been made to large businesses on small business set-asides.
  • Advised concerning all aspects of government contracting for small businesses, 8(a), HUBZone, Service- Disabled Veteran-Owned Businesses, Women-Owned Small Businesses, and Small Disadvantaged Businesses.
  • Represented clients in qui tam lawsuits around the country.
  • Obtained recovery in excess of $500,000, plus attorneys’ fees, in a qui tam lawsuit in South Carolina.
  • Represented construction contractors on all matters related to private construction projects, including both commercial and residential construction.
  • Successfully prosecuted claims against the Colorado Department of Transportation.
  • Obtained a $1.2 million judgment on behalf of a subcontractor against a large commercial contractor on a state road construction project.
  • Obtained jury verdict in favor of a developer and business owner against claims in excess of $11 million dollars.
  • Represented general contractors and subcontractors regarding Miller Act claims and mechanic’s liens.
  • Represented various types of disputes on appeal to the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals and Colorado Court of Appeals.
  • Represented employers in a variety of employment disputes, especially trade secrets, fraud, and theft matters.
  • Negotiated numerous favorable settlements for clients.
  • Negotiated settlement for a municipal enterprise on claims by a contractor in excess of $7 million dollars.
Professional Activities
  • President, National Contract Management Association – Pikes Peak Chapter
  • Assistant General Counsel, Housing and Building Association of Colorado Springs
  • Board Member, Housing and Building Association of Colorado Springs
  • Committee President, Housing and Building Association of Colorado Springs
  • Board of Governors, Colorado Springs Chamber & EDC
  • Chair, American Builders and Contractors, Southern Colorado Regional Council
  • Committee Member, Colorado Home Builders Association, Government Affairs Committee
  • Member, Team Leader, Ben S. Wendelken Inn of Court
    • The organization promotes professionalism in the legal community
  • Committee Member, Housing & Building Association of Colorado Springs
  • Member, Forum on Construction Law – American Bar Association
  • Member, Section of Public Contract Law – American Bar Association
  • Member,  El Paso County Bar Association
  • Member, Colorado Bar Association
  • Member, American Bar Association

 

Community Involvement

  • Board Member, American Red Cross – Southeastern Colorado
    • A not-for-profit providing relief to victims of house fires, tornadoes, wildfires and other such disasters that affect the Pikes Peak region by providing for immediate, emergency disaster-caused needs such as lodging, clothing, food and medicine.  The Southeastern Colorado chapter serves 16 counties and is the Armed Forces station for four Air Force Bases.

 

Bar Admissions

  • Colorado State Court
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
  • 10th Circuit Court of Appeals
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

 

Honors and Awards
  • Top Attorney – Government Contract Law
    Colorado Springs Style Magazine
    2016-2018
  • Top Attorney – Contract Law
    Colorado Springs Style Magazine
    2018
  • Phi Delta Phi
    Santa Clara Law
    2005
  • Beta Gamma Sigma
    University of Notre Dame
    2002
  • Beta Alpha Psi
    University of Notre Dame
    2002
  • Phi Alpha Theta
    University of Notre Dame
    2002
Publications and Presentations

Publications

  • Construction Defects
    “Owner’s Damages Arising From Defective Construction” – ABA Forum on the Construction Industry 2012
  • The Practitioner’s Guide to Colorado Construction Law
    “State Construction Projects” – CLE in Colorado 2010

 

Presentations

  • Bid Protests – Federal, State and Municipal
    Sherman & Howard Construction Seminar
    February 2018
  • Guidance on Multi-Family Development Following Vallagio v. Metro Homes
    Sherman & Howard Annual Colorado Springs Construction Law Seminar
    October 2017
  • The Colorado General Assembly’s Changes to the Procurement Code in HB 17-1051
    Sherman & Howard Construction Law Webinar
    April 2017
  • Practical Considerations with Dispute Resolution Provisions and Update on Vallagio
    Sherman & Howard Annual Colorado Springs Construction Law Seminar
    November 2016
  • What Lies Underneath: A Guide to Differing Site Conditions
    Sherman & Howard Construction Law Webinar
    January 2016
  • Do You Know What is in Your Contract? Best Practices for Construction and Government Contracts
    Sherman & Howard Annual Colorado Springs Construction Law Seminar
    October 2015
  • Lessons Learned From Aurora VA Hospital
    Sherman & Howard Annual Colorado Construction Law Seminar
    February 2015
  • Coverages, Disputes, and Tactics for Survival: Critical Litigation Issues, and Insights
    ABA Forum on the Construction Industry Presentation
    2011
  • Small Business Issues
    Associated General Contractors Presentation
    2012
  • Dispute Resolution/Claims
    U.S. Department of Transportation Bonding Education Program,
    2011-present
  • Various Presentations
    National Contract Management Association
    2014-present
  • Various Presentations
    Colorado Procurement Technical Assistance
    2013-present