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

When government contractors and construction companies face difficult legal issues, they turn to Ryan Klein for practical and effective solutions. Ryan has a multidisciplinary practice focused on providing a broad range of legal services to clients in the government contracts and construction industries.

Ryan regularly advises government contractors through the complex and ever-changing myriad of government regulatory requirements. He has years of experience assisting clients with all aspects of bid protests, size protests, socio-economic requirements, small business issues, contract administration, qui tam claims, internal investigations, mandatory disclosures, terminations, requests for equitable adjustment, and certified claims. As disputes can often hinge on one word in a contract, Ryan is actively involved with his government contract clients in negotiating and drafting subcontracts, teaming agreements, joint venture agreements, and mentor-protégé agreements.

Ryan also advises construction companies on all aspects of commercial and residential construction. On the front end, he assists owners, general contractors, and subcontractors in negotiating and drafting prime contracts, subcontracts, and other contractual documents. Ryan will then advise owners, general contractors, and subcontractors during projects when disputes and claims arise. Finally, he guides his clients through negotiations and mediations of disputes and claims.

When negotiations and mediations fail, Ryan regularly represents his clients in litigation before federal and state courts, as well in arbitrations. Ryan has successfully represented government contractors before the United States Court of Federal Claims, Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals, and Civilian Board of Contract Appeals. Ryan has also successfully represented owners, general contractors, subcontractors, and suppliers in federal and state courts and arbitrations.

Ryan’s commitment to the government contracts and construction industries is exemplified by his work with trade associations to advocate for changes to existing laws and regulations and the passage of new laws and regulations. He also is actively involved in the government contracts and construction communities through his numerous roles on boards and committees of several prominent trade associations. Finally, Ryan is regularly called upon as a thought leader to present on government contracts and construction, as evidenced by his frequent speaking and writing activities.

Representative Matters
  • Obtained a 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 a full trial verdict on behalf of a general contractor against a large subcontractor on a federal government contract in Colorado district court.
  • Obtained a jury verdict in favor of a developer and business owner against claims in excess of $11 million dollars.
  • Obtained recovery in excess of $500,000, plus attorneys’ fees, in a qui tam lawsuit filed in South Carolina.
  • 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.
  • Obtained a $1.2 million judgment on behalf of a subcontractor against a large commercial contractor on a state road construction project.
  • Negotiated a favorable settlement for a municipal enterprise on claims by a contractor in excess of $7 million dollars.
  • Negotiated a favorable settlement for a developer of over 200 lots on an $8 million development when work was being delayed by a citizens group.
  • Negotiated prime contracts on behalf of an owner for over $20 million in upgrades to a high-tech manufacturing facility.
Professional Activities
  • General Counsel, Housing and Building Association of Colorado Springs
  • Executive Committee Member, Housing and Building Association of Colorado Springs
  • Board Member, Housing and Building Association of Colorado Springs
  • Public Policy Council Member, Housing and Building Association of Colorado Springs
  • Board of Governors Member, Colorado Springs Chamber & EDC
  • Government Affairs Committee Member, Colorado Springs Chamber & EDC
  • President, National Contract Management Association, Pikes Peak Chapter
  • Government Affairs Committee Member, Colorado Home Builders Association
  • Board Member, American Red Cross, Southeastern Colorado

 

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 – Construction Law
    Colorado Springs Style Magazine 2019
  • Top Attorney – Contract Law
    Colorado Springs Style Magazine
    2018-2019
  • Top Attorney – Government Contract Law
    Colorado Springs Style Magazine
    2016-2018
  • 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 2007, 2010 and 2018

Presentations

  • Contracting with the City and County of Denver
    Sherman & Howard Construction Seminar
    March 2019
  • 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

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