Ryan Kalamaya

Trial Lawyer

Professional Biography

Ryan Kalamaya handles cases involving personal issues – family law, criminal defense, and personal injury. He recognizes that his clients are often experiencing the most stressful and unnerving times in their lives.

Ryan is widely-recognized for his ability to connect with judges and jurors in Aspen, Vail/Eagle, Glenwood Springs and beyond. He has taken over 50 cases to trial in the Roaring Fork and Vail Valleys. When someone’s life, business, or reputation is on the line, Ryan is there. He is at his best when the stakes are the highest.

Although Ryan is an experienced litigator, he is equally comfortable devising smart settlement solutions for his clients. He analyzes the facts and law to develop a custom-tailored strategic plan of action for each of his clients. He educates his clients on the available options and the consequences of those options. Ryan distills complex issues into simple concepts for his clients and uses his experience to guide them in their decision to settle or proceed to trial.

Knowledge & Skill

Ryan first cut his teeth as a deputy district attorney in Eagle County. He graduated from the National College of District Attorneys’ Career Prosecutor Course. Ryan handled hundreds of cases involving domestic violence, DUI, theft, drugs, and assault. He took over two dozen jury trials to verdict. As a lead prosecutor in Eagle County, Ryan only lost one trial in 2.5 years. He argued and prevailed in countless substantive hearings involving significant constitutional issues, the admissibility of evidence and felony charges as a prosecutor.

After the DA’s Office, Ryan began work as a private attorney for Garfield & Hecht, P.C. While there, Ryan was mentored and trained by one of the best divorce lawyers for over four years. He has attended both the National Institute of Trial Advocacy’s Rocky Mountain Building Trial Skills program as well as the prestigious American Bar Association/NITA Family Law Advocacy Institute.

Over the years, Ryan has honed his practice to focus on cases involving personal disputes. He has represented professionals, executives, athletes, Hollywood celebrities and their spouses. He enjoys helping people when they are vulnerable with their backs up against the wall.

Awards

Ryan’s clients and peers respect his results in and outside of the courtroom. For the last four years, Ryan has been selected to the Colorado Super Lawyers’ Rising Stars list. Less than 2.5% of attorneys under the age of 40 or with less than 10 years experience are named Rising Stars by Super Lawyers.

Ryan is also a recipient of the Clients’ Choice Award by Avvo.com for the last four years. His perfect rating of 10 out of 10 qualifies him as a “superb” attorney based on his experience, industry recognition and professional conduct. Over 70 clients and attorneys have endorsed Ryan’s work. He is one of the highest rated attorneys by Avvo and Lawyers.com in Aspen, Vail and Glenwood Springs for the areas of family law, divorce, DUI, criminal law and personal injury.

For the last three years, Ryan was given the Client Distinction Award by the esteemed rating company, Martindale-Hubbell. Recognized for excellence in (1) quality of service, (2) overall value, (3) responsiveness, and (4) communications ability, Ryan was rated a perfect 5 out of 5 by his clients. Less than 1% of the 900,000+ attorneys listed on martindale.com and lawyers.com have been accorded the Client Distinction Award.

Moreover, Ryan was named to the Top 40 Under 40 list by The National Trial Lawyers. That professional organization is composed of the top trial lawyers from each state or regions of certain highly-populated states who are younger than the age of 40. Membership into The National Trial Lawyers: Top 40 under 40 is by invitation only and is extended exclusively to those trial lawyers practicing civil plaintiff and/or criminal defense law. Invitees must exemplify superior qualifications, trial results, and leadership as a young lawyer under the age of 40. Selection is based on a thorough multi-phase process which includes peer nominations combined with third-party research.

A Leader in the Community

Starting when he was voted as class president at CU Law, Ryan has been a leader in the field of law. His web of connections cover Colorado. He is the past-president for the Ninth Judicial District Bar Association and currently sits on the boards for 5Point Film in Carbondale and the Snowmass Homeowners Association.

MORE ON RYAN’S PERSONAL STORY

Phone
970.812.3437

E-mail
[email protected]

Practice Area
Education
  • University of Colorado Law School
    • J.D. in 2007
    • Class President
    • Graduated in top 25% of class
    • CU Law School Honor Council
  • University of Virginia
    • B.A. with Highest Distinction in 2007
    • Starting Outfielder – Varsity Baseball
    • All-ACC Academic Team
    • United Kingdom Fellow
Affiliations
  • Pitkin County Bar Association
  • 9th JD Bar Association
  • Colorado Trial Lawyer’s Association
  • Colorado Bar Association, Family Law & Criminal Law Sections, Member
  • American Bar Association, Section on Family Law, Member
Honors And Awards
  • Colorado Super Lawyers Rising Star – 2014-2017 for Family and Criminal Law
  • Clients’ Choice Award by Avvo – 2013-2017
  • Client Distinction Award by Martindale-Hubbell – 2013
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