Ryan W. Owen joined Adams and Reese in 2010. He is a Partner in the firm’s Litigation Practice Group.
Ryan is an experienced construction litigator, representing specialty contractors, general contractors, owners, equipment rental companies, and material suppliers both before and after disputes arise. The majority of his work in the construction industry involves the representation of contractors who have not been paid for their work. He is also well-versed in defect litigation and related surety and insurance issues.
Ryan is experienced in creditor’s rights practice, including complex commercial loan workouts and collections for regional and national banks. He advises clients on the benefits and consequences of the extraordinary relief afforded by prejudgment writs of garnishment and prejudgment writs of attachment. Through his collection work he has obtained injunctions against fraudulent transfers and other extraordinary relief.
Ryan’s experience also includes other real estate and commercial litigation, including matters involving contract disputes, landlord/tenant, title insurance, corporate partnership disputes, FDUTPA claims, employment agreement/non-compete disputes, condominium association disputes, appeals, and easement and property line disputes.
Ryan is also a member of the firm’s appellate team. He has defended the results his clients’ obtained from trial courts in appeals and petitions for writ of certiorari where injunctions, pretrial discovery orders, final judgments, and post-judgment orders were under review. His reported decisions include Zivitz v. Zivitz, 16 So. 3d 841 (Fla. 2d DCA 2009) (affirming trial court’s order allowing garnishment over debtor’s untimely homestead objection) and Florida Digestive Health Specialists v. Colina, --- So. 3d. --- (Fla. 2d DCA) (reversing trial court’s entry of injunction prohibiting physician from disparaging former employer and from interfering with former employer’s business on cross-appeal). His unreported decisions include Griffin v. Bank of Commerce, 118 So. 3d 228 (Fla. 2d DCA 2013)(affirming trial court’s order overruling debtor’s claim of homestead upon real property and allowing sheriff to execute upon same) and Robinson v. Kreiswirth, 129 So. 2d 370 (Fla. 2d DCA 2013)(affirming trial court’s order denying motion for relief from final judgment).
Ryan’s representative experience includes:
- Foreclosed a $40,000,000 mortgage from filing to certificate of title in 63 days saving his client $380,000 in documentary stamp taxes.
- Obtained an ex parte temporary injunction prohibiting judgment debtors from removing assets from the State of Florida pending domestication of a $55 million foreign judgment.
- Received a temporary injunction prohibiting a judgment debtor from dissipating nearly $2 million in cash proceeds held in an overseas account pending the outcome of a post-judgment fraudulent transfer action.
- Served as lead counsel multi-day bench trials, first party insurance claims, breach of real estate contract claims, landlord/tenant trials, a Federal Telecommunications Protection Act Trial, eminent domain jury trials, and a commercial collection practices act trial.
- Served as second chair at an 11-day final hearing involving construction delay, construction defects and lien foreclosure.
Ryan counsels his clients in all phases of the litigation process. His work includes claim analysis, interviewing key witnesses during depositions, discovery, preparation of motions and other court-required documentation, pre-trial preparation, trial, mediation and arbitration representation.
He is admitted to practice before all state courts in Florida, as well as the United States District and Bankruptcy Courts in the Middle District of Florida.
Ryan ranks among the Florida Super Lawyers Rising Stars in General Litigation, Business Litigation and Construction Litigation.
Ryan is a 2015 graduate of Leadership Sarasota, a Greater Sarasota County Chamber of Commerce program, comprising many of the city's top business leaders.
Ryan earned his J.D., cum laude, from the University of Miami School of Law, where he served as the Inter-school Competition Vice President of the Moot School Board, a member of the Mock Trial Team, and as an Articles and Comments Editor on the Business Law Review. He was a Dean's Merit Scholar and received the Dean's Certificate of Outstanding Achievement as the top student in his Real Property and Insurance Law and Policy classes.
He earned his B.A. in French, cum laude, from Washington and Lee University.