Ryan is Founder and Managing Partner of Clarkson Law Firm. Motivated by a desire to deliver justice for the underserved, the underprivileged, and the underdog, Ryan has successfully prosecuted hundreds of consumer class actions involving defective pharmaceutical drugs and medical devices, illegal employment practices, securities violations, cosmetics mislabeling, food misbranding, data breaches, and insurance bad faith. He was the first attorney in the United States to fight for victims of fluoroquinolone antibiotics who suffered permanent and disabling nerve damage caused by Big Pharma. A force for change in how Big Business labels, advertises, markets, and packages consumer goods, Ryan recently obtained the largest ever slack-fill settlement in U.S. history.
Ryan serves on the Board of Directors of Los Angeles Trial Lawyers Charities (LATLC), which provides financial assistance to the homeless, hungry, disabled, survivors of abuse, veterans, and children’s education. Ryan also co-founded and serves on the Board of Directors of the Adam Clarkson Foundation, which supports the higher educational needs of children who have lost a parent.
In his free time, Ryan loves to travel with his family, exploring different cultures and cuisines together. You can also find him pulling from 25 feet on the blacktop, shredding the gnar, or splitting fairways with 300-yard bombs.
Ryan is proficient in French, Farsi, and Spanish.
- J.D., 2005, Michigan State University School of Law, summa cum laude
- B.A., 1999, University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, B.A. in Political Science and Pre-Medical Studies
- Fluoroquinolone Antibiotic Cases – Mr. Clarkson was the first plaintiff attorney in the country to represent clients in connection with permanent and disabling nerve damage caused by Levaquin, Cipro, and Avelox manufactured by Johnson & Johnson and Bayer Pharmaceuticals. Mr. Clarkson represents dozens of clients across the country.
- Garcia v. Iovate et al., Santa Barbara Superior Court, Case No. 1402915 – Mr. Clarkson successfully intervened in this case on behalf of a class of consumers of the popular “Hydroxycut” weight loss supplement. Mr. Clarkson and co-counsel increased the size of the settlement by more than ten-fold to a total court-approved settlement value of $10 million.
- Morales, et al vs. Kraft Foods Group, Inc.,S. District Court, Central District of California, Western Division, Case No. 2:14-cv- 04387-JAK-PJW – Mr. Clarkson served as lead class counsel in a California certified class action lawsuit against the world’s second largest food and beverage company for false advertising and mislabeling of food product as “natural.”
- State Bar of California
- State Bar of Michigan
- United States District Court for the Central District of California
- United States District Court for the Northern District of California
- United States District Court for the Southern District of California
- United States District Court for the Eastern District of California
- United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
- United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan
- United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
- United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
- Los Angeles Trial Lawyers Charity, Board of Directors, 2014-2017
- Consumers Attorneys Association of Los Angeles
- Consumer Attorneys of California
- American Association of Justice