Ryan J. Gavin is a founding member of Kamykowski, Gavin & Smith, P.C. and has a diverse practice representing corporate, insurance, and individual clients in cases in federal and state courts in Missouri and Illinois. He has tried more than thirty cases to verdict including several asserting multi-million dollar claims for damages.  These trials have included cases alleging permanent brain injury, permanent physical disability, professional negligence, serious automobile accidents, and large property losses.  As a result of his successes and reputation, Ryan has been recognized as a Missouri Super Lawyer and a Top 100 High Stakes Litigator.  He frequently defends cases in the challenging venues of St. Louis City, Madison County, Illinois, and St. Clair County, Illinois.  Ryan has also earned the Certified Litigation Management Professional designation (“CLMP”) from The CLM.

As part of his diverse personal injury practice, Ryan regularly works with physicians, hospitals, and other health care providers in the defense of cases alleging medical negligence. In this capacity he has represented physicians of numerous specialties including internal medicine, pediatrics, general surgery, orthopedic surgery, and obstetrics and gynecology, among others. Ryan has also represented several hospitals throughout the region in claims alleging direct negligence of hospital staff, vicarious liability for physician care, and negligent credentialing.

In addition, Ryan also represents other professionals in claims alleging errors and omissions. Ryan routinely appears for insurance brokers and agents in cases alleging the broker failed to secure appropriate insurance or otherwise satisfy the duties owed the client. The diversity of his experience has proven beneficial in these cases which may involve a wide variety of underlying claims as well as insurance coverage issues.  In addition to insurance brokers, Ryan has also represented third party administrators, corporate directors, and actuaries in cases alleging professional negligence.

Ryan is also an experienced insurance coverage and bad faith attorney. He has represented numerous insurance carriers in the defense of coverage litigation. His coverage experience includes commercial general liability, automobile liability, property damage, professional liability, medical malpractice, long-term disability, and others.  By virtue of the fact that Ryan regularly represents insured parties in the defense of claims exceeding the available policy limits, he is especially familiar with the law governing the obligations insurance carriers owe their insureds in the defense and settlement of claims with excess exposure.

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  • Saint Louis University School of Law, J.D., 1999
  • University of Missouri – St. Louis, B.S., Business Administration, 1996

 Bar Admissions:

  • Missouri
  • Illinois
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois

Professional Memberships:

  • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance
  • Professional Liability Underwriting Society
  • Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
  • Missouri Bar Association