Ryan Dunn is the newest associate in Colantuono & Levin’s litigation and municipal advisory practice groups. His practice covers a full range of litigation matters, including post-redevelopment disputes, CEQA matters, labor and employment cases, disputes over public revenues, and general commercial litigation. He serves as Assistant City Attorney for the City of Barstow and for the City of Sierra Madre and is a member of the firm’s labor and employment practice group.
Prior to joining Colantuono & Levin, Ryan litigated environmental and product liability matters in Minneapolis at Faegre Baker Daniels LLP. Ryan’s work at Faegre included significant involvement in advising a corporate client on the potential for environmental enforcement actions under state and federal law arising out of groundwater contamination caused by an oil refinery in Alaska, as well as representation of that client in litigation with a former owner of that refinery. Ryan also obtained valuable experience by helping settle a national multidistrict class action involving product liability claims and by assisting a foreign client in vacating an eight-figure judgment in a product liability matter on due process grounds.
Ryan also worked as a law clerk for two judges with civil case assignments at Los Angeles Superior Court. In this role, Ryan analyzed, and drafted bench memoranda for, dozens of motions for summary judgment on cases ranging from employment matters to real estate disputes to tort claims against public entities. Ryan also analyzed motions from every stage of the civil trial process, from demurrers to discovery disputes to requests for entry of default judgment. Ryan’s experience working side-by-side with judges on civil matters in the downtown Los Angeles court will no doubt be of assistance to the firm’s clients.
Ryan received his law degree from the UCLA School of Law in 2009 and a master’s degree in urban planning from the UCLA School of Public Affairs that same year, where he focused his studies on transportation issues. While in law school, Ryan was named a Distinguished Advocate by the UCLA Moot Court Honors Program and now frequently serves as a volunteer judge for moot court competitions at UCLA. He graduated with honors from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2003 with a B.B.A. in Finance and Real Estate and worked for an affordable housing developer in the Minneapolis area after college. When not at work, you might find him running the trails in Griffith Park, rooting for the Chicago Cubs or Wisconsin Badgers, or exploring Los Angeles by foot or bike.
Ryan’s experience in many areas relevant to the firm’s clients will contribute to the firm’s litigation and municipal advisory teams. His full profile is available here. Welcome Ryan!