• Juris Doctor, University of Michigan School of Law, 2016
  • Bachelor of Arts in Government and Economics, Claremont McKenna College, 2012

Ryan Shaffer, a creative and talented litigator, devises customized strategies to help clients achieve their goals through litigation.

Ryan considers each case a unique challenge and carefully analyzes the facts and circumstances to identify tactics and arguments no one else would imagine. A novelist in his spare time, he weaves nuanced, clear, and compelling stories that resonate with judges and juries alike.

He manages all aspects of commercial litigation, from initial case assessment through case administration, discovery, and resolution via arbitration, mediation, written motions, or trial. His experience includes cases involving real estate, including disputes between landlords and tenants, evictions, foreclosures, and bankruptcy, as well as disputes involving homeowners’ associations and other residential communities; wireless telecommunications and FCC law; construction and accessibility requirements under the Americans with Disabilities Act; banking and commercial lending; commercial contract disputes; personal injury and other tort claims; trusts and estates litigation; and U.S. and international arbitration law. He also drafts and negotiates a wide range of business contracts and settlement agreements.

Ryan prides himself on objectively analyzing cases and assessing his clients’ odds of success in order to propose a course of action that makes the most sense.

A strong proponent of diversity and inclusion, he engages in professional development, community outreach, and volunteering efforts to bring individuals from all backgrounds into the legal profession because he believes the best legal strategies come from applying a diverse range of ideas and perspectives to a given problem.


  • Jointly defended client at trial against a complex personal injury claim with a highly sympathetic plaintiff. As a direct result of trial advocacy, negotiated a settlement that saved the client nearly $1 million.
  • Successfully obtained relief from automatic stay in a virtual hearing in Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceeding, which allowed client, a nonprofit community development fund, to protect its security interest in a million-dollar property.
  • Wrote response brief that completely defeated defendant’s complex motion for summary judgment in client’s personal real estate dispute, which defense allowed client to favorably settle matter on eve of trial.
  • Successfully appeared before Denver Board of Adjustments to petition for a variance to address errors made during construction of clients’ house, avoiding the need for extensive and expensive modifications.
  • Negotiated resolutions to multiple property disputes with landlords of telecommunications company client, which led to multidecade extensions of the client’s leases on friendly terms.
  • As a member of teams representing clients in multiple multimillion-dollar complex commercial arbitrations, reviewed and analyzed thousands of pages of digital documents to create unique strategies and drafted briefs filed with arbitrators.

Publications & Presentations

  • Breach of Fiduciary Duty: Colorado
    Thomson Reuters Practical Law | March 7, 2022
  • Looking Past the Debate: Proposed Revisions to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure
    7 FED. CTs. L. REv. 179 | 2013


  • Best Lawyers in America, “Ones to Watch,” Commercial Litigation; Communications Law, Denver (2022-2024)