(Los Angeles, California) Ryan Deane, nationally recognized for his results handling all facets of professional liability matters, is the newest partner at WSHB. An accomplished litigator, Deane is well known to clients for his impressive results handling employment/wrongful termination, legal malpractice, brokers, officers and directors, medical negligence and other areas in the professional liability arena

“Ryan’s reputation as a powerhouse, both in and outside of the courtroom, is well known throughout California, and we are absolutely thrilled he brings his legal prowess to our professional liability team,” said firmwide managing partner Stewart Reid. “Ryan has a string of positive defense results for his clients both up to and including trial and is known for navigating with ease the most complex matters with success.”

Ryan has spent the bulk of his career as a litigation leader and for over a decade has distinguished himself as a conscientious and competent litigator. He enthusiastically and competently defends intricate and complex cases in the areas of medical malpractice, elder abuse, products liability, employment issues/wrongful termination, legal malpractice, brokers, officers and directors, and other areas of professional liability.

“In today’s evolving employment climate, conscientious employees, attorneys and litigators, myself included, want to be at a firm where they can be heard, supported and provided the tools to thrive," Deane added. "We want to be challenged by the diversity and intellectual challenges of our assignments and requests of our clients as well as by the voices of our colleagues surrounding and challenging us and supporting us in our firm. I feel the spirit of intellectual integrity and diversity, inclusion and support at WSHB and I am hopeful to add to that tradition.”

Deane joins the ranks of other professional liability thought leaders who have joined the WSHB partnership in 2022. This includes Jared Levy in New York. In the California offices alone, WSHB has added some of the most respected names in professional liability defense including Frances O’Meara, Holly Teel, Stephen Caine and Michael Hirota.

“I’m elated to join WSHB, and incredibly impressed with the national team of lawyers who are thought leaders in the area of professional liability,” said Deane. “WSHB is collaborative, innovative and on the cutting edge of emerging trends when it comes to professional liability matters, and having this collective broad-base experience within the partnership is a bonus for me and for our clients.”

In addition to his impressive litigation experience, Ryan was recognized by ABOTA Side Car- the American Board of Trial Advocates program which identifies up-and-coming trial lawyers. Ryan also shared his experience and knowledge in the following articles and presentations:

  • Grand Rounds Lecturer-University of California Irvine Medical School, Department of Emergency Medicine (2014, 2015)
  • Featured Panelist re: "Emerging Issues Facing Tort Litigators for 2015 Crittenden Medical Insurance Conference in Miami"
  • Panelist and featured speaker at Crittenden Conference re: "Millennials and Medicine: What Does the Future Hold?" (April 2016)
  • Featured panelist re: 2016 PIAA Risk Management/Patient Safety Workshop "Millennials: Can't We All Get Along?" (September 9, 2016) Santa Monica, California

Ryan is a member of the State Bar of California as well as the United States District Court. He obtained his law degree from Loyola Law School Los Angeles and a B.A. from UCLA in History and Political Science. He is a former Division I Cross Country and Track athlete for UCLA. He is a also proud father of two and a dedicated husband.

Please join us in welcoming Ryan to WSHB!

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