Ryan Joseph Watson: Lawyer with Husch Blackwell LLP

Ryan Joseph Watson

Kansas City,  MO  U.S.A.

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Practice Areas

  • Financial Services
  • Business Litigation
  • Insurance Litigation
  • Product Liability
Contact InfoTelephone: 816.329.4732
Fax: 816.983.8080
University University of Missouri-Columbia, B.S.B.A., Finance/Banking, 1998
Law SchoolUniversity of Missouri-Columbia School of Law, J.D., 2001 CALI Excellence for the Future Award, Louis J. Pulaski Family Scholarship
Admitted2001, Missouri; 2010, Kansas

Professional Associations and Memberships
•American Bar Association
•Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
•The Missouri Bar
•Ross T. Roberts Inn of Court


Ryan practices in the areas of insurance defense, complex insurance coverage, product liability, premises liability, construction defects, toxic torts and general tort litigation as a member of the Financial Services industry team.

He has substantial jury trial experience in all aspects of insurance matters, including first-party and third-party insurance coverage disputes, bad faith and vexatious refusal claims, catastrophic injury cases, and prosecuting declaratory judgment actions. Ryan has defended manufacturers of propane and gas grills and water heaters in various product liability litigation.

Ryan's legal accomplishments include:
•Obtaining summary judgment for insurance company in declaratory judgment action filed by lawn-care company seeking coverage worth $2 million for damage to commercial residential lawns.
•Defending insurance company in claim for underinsured motorist benefits. Plaintiff asserted that anti-slacking policies contained within policy were unenforceable. Summary judgment was granted.
•Securing summary judgment in $15 million lawsuit against client alleging negligent inspection of a worksite.

Ryan has extensive motion practice experience and has handled all levels of discovery, including depositions, expert discovery, dispositive motions and trial. He has experience in state and federal courts throughout the United States.

Awards and Recognitions
Kansas City Business Journal, Best of the Bar, 2010-2014
•Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers, Business Litigation, Rising Star, 2009-2012, 2014

•Defended through summary judgment insurance company in declaratory judgment action filed by insured lawn-care company seeking in excess of $2 million in coverage for damage to commercial residential lawns after spraying all-purpose herbicide killer.
•Defended claim against client for underinsured motorist benefits. Plaintiff asserted that based upon alleged ambiguities and Missouri public policy, the anti-slacking provisions contained within the policy were unenforceable. The trial court granted summary judgment in favor of client.
•Represented client in lawsuit against insurance carrier alleging negligent inspection of a worksite. Plaintiff sought $15 million in damages following a crushing incident that rendered plaintiff a double amputee. Summary judgment was granted for client.
•Defended product liability claim arising out of the use of diacetyl, a butter flavoring compound, in popcorn. The case was tried for three weeks, resulting in a complete defense verdict.
•Represented client in wrongful death case involving allegations that a defective control incorporated into a water heater resulted in an explosion.
•Defended client regarding a rollover auto accident involving alleged permanent impairment due to head injury. Plaintiff asserted that a manufacturing design/defect in a trailer hitch caused the connection to break, resulting in the driver losing control of the vehicle.
•Defended a large healthcare industry supplier in a product liability case where plaintiff fell from a radiology table while staff believed he was sedated. The injuries rendered plaintiff a ventilator-dependent permanent quadriplegic. Plaintiff sued the hospital for medical malpractice. The hospital subsequently filed a third-party petition against client alleging that the table was defectively designed and did not contain sufficient warnings.
•Represented a large healthcare industry supplier when plaintiff alleged that a portable medical imaging device incorporated into a mobile unit was improperly manufactured, resulting in destruction of the unit.
•Handled defense of a product liability claim when plaintiff sustained severe burn injuries during a house fire. The homeowner had removed the regulator and propane cylinder from his turkey fryer and attached the device to his home water heater.
•Represented a Fortune 500 multinational corporation when plaintiff alleged that a control valve affixed to a furnace resulted in a house fire and significant property damage. The case was voluntarily dismissed after the defendant filed a motion for summary judgment. Defendant argued that plaintiff could not establish that the control valve was in a defective condition when it left the manufacturer's control.
•Represented a Fortune 500 multinational corporation in a water damage case in which plaintiff alleged that defective refrigerator valve caused an extensive leak. The lawsuit was voluntarily dismissed by plaintiff after expert depositions.
•Defended client in a water damage case wherein plaintiff alleged that a circuit board incorporated into a furnace malfunctioned resulting in frozen pipes. The court granted full summary judgment based upon the expiration of the statute of limitations.
•Represented client in fire damage case in which plaintiff alleged that a thermal cut-off switch in a furnace unit malfunctioned.
•Defended a subrogation action filed against a manufacturer of barbecue grills and regulators. The case was voluntarily dismissed by plaintiff after plaintiff's depositions.
•Defended a personal injury matter involving severe burns to the occupant of a trailer home. Plaintiff alleged that a leak in the propane system for the home, including a defective regulator, caused his injuries.
•Handled a multimillion-dollar subrogation action in which plaintiff claimed that a defective water heater control caused a house fire.
•Defended employer in civil action wherein a fork truck operated by an employee struck a wall, resulting in a severe lower-extremity crush injury.
•Defended insurer in an alleged negligent inspection claim involving a crush incident with a hydraulic press. The accident rendered the employee a bilateral amputee.

Business Insights

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In The News
10.24.14 Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers and Rising Stars 2014 Names 83 Husch Blackwell Attorneys; Six Receive Top Honors
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10.15.12 A Combined 84 Husch Blackwell Attorneys are Named 2012 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars in Missouri and Nebraska
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10.19.11 Super Lawyers 2011 Names 71 Husch Blackwell Attorneys from Missouri and Nebraska; an Additional 15 Listed as Rising Stars
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9.26.11 Kansas City Business Journal Names 10 Husch Blackwell Attorneys to 2011 Best of the Bar
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10.13.10 Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers 2010 Names 64 Husch Blackwell Attorneys; An Additional 20 Listed as Rising Stars
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9.29.10 Husch Blackwell Attorneys Named Best of the Bar by Kansas City Business Journal
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10.22.09 Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers 2009 Names 73 Husch Blackwell Sanders Attorneys
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Ryan Joseph Watson

4801 Main Street, Suite 1000
Kansas CityMO 64112


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