Ryan McLane

Partner

Ryan is a partner in the firm’s Litigation & Dispute Resolution practice group. His practice focuses on the areas of business litigation, construction law, and medical malpractice defense. He has successfully represented clients at all levels of litigation, including jury trials and before appellate courts. Ryan is also experienced and effective in alternative dispute resolution techniques, and he has frequently obtained successful results for his clients through mediation and negotiation.

He obtained his law degree from the University of Kentucky College of Law in 2008, and received a B.A. in Political Science with a minor in History from the University of Kentucky in 2005, where he graduated summa cum laude. In law school, Ryan was the Executive Editor of the Journal of Natural Resources and Environmental Law and was a member of the Trial Advocacy Board.  Ryan is admitted to practice in the Commonwealth of Kentucky and the State of Ohio.

Ryan has successfully represented hospitals, nursing homes, long-term care and senior living facilities, as well as healthcare professionals. He has also represented construction companies, insurance companies, and individuals, as well as a variety of small and medium-sized businesses in Kentucky and Ohio.  He has served as the Chair of the Cincinnati Bar Association Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee, where he has moderated and produced continuing legal education seminars on the subjects of mediation and arbitration.  Ryan has also served as a volunteer mediator for the Northern Kentucky Bar Association Truancy Mediation program.  He is a member of the Kentucky Defense Counsel Board of Directors.

Ryan is a member of the St. Elizabeth Foundation Young Patrons Guild. He also serves as President of the People Working Cooperatively Emerging Leaders Board and is a member of its Development Committee. Ryan is also a member of the Alliance for Catholic Urban Education Annual Appeal Committee.

In 2021, Ryan received the Next Generation Leader Award in the category of Professional Services from the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals. Ryan is a member of Leadership Northern Kentucky Class of 2017.

Honors & Distinctions
  • Next Generation Leader Award, Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals (2021)
  • Kentucky Rising Star, Civil Litigation Defense – Super Lawyers (2013 – 2020)
  • Kentucky Colonel
  • Executive Editor, Journal of Natural Resources & Environmental Law (2007 – 2008)
Professional Affiliations
  • Kentucky Bar Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Cincinnati Bar Association
  • Northern Kentucky Bar Association
  • Cincinnati Bar Association Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee, past Chair
  • Kentucky Defense Counsel, Board of Directors (2018 – Present)
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Kentucky Academy of Hospital Attorneys
Notable Decisions
  • Appellate Decisions
    • Hitch v. St. Elizabeth Medical Center, Inc., 2016 WL 1557734 (Ky. App. 2016)
    • Berger Family Real Estate, LLC v. City of Covington, 464 S.W. 3d 160 (Ky. App. 2015)
    • White v. Sanitation Dist. No. 1, 2014 WL 2795837 (Ky. App. 2014)
  • Notable Jury Trial Results
    • Defense verdict on behalf of real estate and construction company in breach of contract and fraud case. Jury returned verdict in favor of Ryan’s client, the real estate and construction company, awarding $0.00 to plaintiffs.
    • Defense verdict on behalf of physician and physician group in a wrongful death case seeking $8 Million involving an alleged failure to properly treat pulmonary embolism. Jury returned verdict in favor of Ryan’s clients, the physician and physician group, awarding $0.00 to plaintiff.
    • Defense verdict on behalf of physician and hospital system in a wrongful death case seeking $22 Million involving an alleged failure to diagnose aortic dissection. Jury returned verdict in favor of Ryan’s clients, the physician and hospital system, awarding $0.00 to plaintiffs.
    • Defense verdict of behalf of nurse practitioner and hospital system in a wrongful death case seeking $7 Million involving an alleged failure to properly treat depression and bipolar disorder. Jury returned verdict in favor of Ryan’s clients, the nurse practitioner and hospital system, awarding $0.00 to plaintiffs.
    • Defense verdict on behalf of physician group in a wrongful death case seeking $3.3 Million involving an alleged failure to properly treat colon cancer and perform surgery. Jury returned a verdict in favor of Ryan’s clients, the physician and physician group, awarding $0.00 to plaintiffs.
Community Involvement
  • People Working Cooperatively, Emerging Leaders Board, President
  • People Working Cooperatively, Development Committee, Member
  • St. Elizabeth Foundation, Young Patrons Guild, Member
  • Diocese of Covington, Alliance for Catholic Urban Education, Leadership Appeal Committee, Member
  • Leadership Northern Kentucky Class of 2017, Member
  • Northern Kentucky Bar Association, Truancy Mediation Program, Mediator (2015-2016)
Presentations
  • Medical Review Panel: Procedures, Practical Considerations, and Hot Topics; — Leading Age Kentucky, 2017 Annual Conference, Louisville, Kentucky
  • Prepare to Meet Thy Mediator (or Meet Thy Doom): How to Gear Up for a Mutual-Benefit Conversation; — Cincinnati Bar Association, Solo/Small Firm Committee
  • Lawyer and Mediator Marketing 101: Laying the Groundwork for a Thriving Practice; — Cincinnati Bar Association, Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee
  • It’s Not Just Mediation: Preparing for a Resourceful Resolution; — Moderator, Cincinnati Bar Association Continuing Legal Education
  • Construction Management 427 — Construction Law and Legal Contracts; — Northern Kentucky University Guest Lecturer
  • Mechanic’s and Materialman’s Liens in Kentucky; — Northern Kentucky Home Builders Association Legal Update Seminar
Publications
  • Co-Author, Admissibility of Expert Opinion in Kentucky — Substantive and Procedural Considerations, Bench & Bar Magazine (Kentucky Bar Association, September/October 2019 Ed).
  • Contributing Author, Dressman Benzinger LaVelle psc, Ohio Construction Law (HLK Global Communications 2017).
  • Author, Protect Personal Assets from Corporate Debts, Northern Kentucky Builder Magazine
  • Author, Read the Contract, Northern Kentucky Builder Magazine
  • Author, Performance and Payment Bond Deadlines Must Be Followed Carefully Says Court of Appeals, Northern Kentucky Builder Magazine
  • Author, Use of the Revised I-9 Employment Verification Form Extended, Northern Kentucky Builder Magazine
  • Author, Avoiding a Risky Lien Waiver, Northern Kentucky Builder Magazine
Admissions
  • Commonwealth of Kentucky
  • State of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Kentucky
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Kentucky
11DBL Attorney Ryan McLane
Contact
rmclane@dbllaw.com
(859) 426-2143

Education

J.D., University of Kentucky College of Law, 2008
B.A., University of Kentucky, summa cum laude, 2005

Practice Areas

Construction
Litigation & Dispute Resolution
Medical Liability

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