Ryan Kalamaya is a trial lawyer. He primarily handles cases involving personal issues – family law, divorce, child custody, complex property valuation, persons accused of committing crimes, and personal injury.
He also has extensive experience litigating large business and property disputes. Ryan is widely-recognized for his ability to connect with jurors and judges in Aspen, Vail, Glenwood Springs and beyond. 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.
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 where he polished his trial skills. Ryan handled hundreds of cases involving domestic violence, DUI, theft, drugs, and assault. He took over two dozen 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.
When Ryan was a prosecutor, he rode along with Vail Police officers during their graveyard shifts, and put on bullet-proof vests for multiple undercover drug deals. He also lead a class for officers in Summit County on how to legally investigate a case. Ryan even went out with the Eagle County SWAT team to detonate bombs and practice with long-range sniper rifles. Ryan knows law enforcement. He knows what it takes to build a successful case and convince a jury beyond a reasonable doubt. His experience in the courtroom serves as the foundation for all cases – whether it be a divorce, large commercial dispute or criminal matter.
After the DA’s Office, Ryan began work as a private attorney for the largest firm on the Western Slope — Garfield & Hecht, P.C. Between his time at the DA’s Office and founding RKV Law, Ryan was mentored and trained by one of the best Aspen lawyers for nearly four years. He attended the National Institute of Trial Advocacy for a week-long program in Boulder where he further refined his advocacy skills.
Over the years, Ryan has honed his practice to focus on cases involving personal disputes. He has represented individuals, multi-million-dollar businesses, blue-collar construction workers, single mothers, Hollywood celebrities and children with special needs. He enjoys helping people when they are vulnerable with their backs up against the wall.
In 2013, 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.
Ryan was also a recipient of the 2013 & 2014 Clients’ Choice Award by Avvo.com. His perfect rating of 10 out of 10 qualifies him as a “superb” attorney based on his experience, industry recognition and professional conduct. Over 50 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.
Moreover, Ryan was recently 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.
Finally, Ryan was selected to the 2014 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 the only Rising Star in the entire Central Rockies for the areas of family law or criminal defense.
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 a board member for the Aspen Young Professional’s Association, Aspen Public Radio Citizen’s Advisory Board, and is the Vice President for the Ninth Judicial District Bar Association. He lives in Carbondale with his wife, Holly, daughter, Colby, and well-known dog, Ruby.