Ryan D. Burns


As a member of the firm's Casualty Department, Ryan's law practice covers a wide array of general liability areas including; negligent security, product liability, premises liability, construction and equipment operators liability, asbestos and toxic tort litigation, maritime litigation, general negligent business operations and automotive liability matters. He also devotes a portion of his practice to general PIP litigation and insurance coverage matters. Ryan has handled numerous cases involving catastrophic injuries, as well as wrongful death claims.  He has also argued before the Fourth District Court of Appeal and has worked on appeals in the Third and Fourth DCAs.

Ryan was previously an Assistant State Attorney with the Miami-Dade State Attorney's Office.  There he prosecuted a wide variety of crimes including DUIs, narcotics trafficking, white collar crime, lewd sexual batteries, aggravated batteries, armed robberies and burglaries, and insurance fraud. 

As a law student at Indiana University of Bloomington, Ryan was active in all phases of litigation education, including being a Moot Court finalist, a member of the school's Moot Court Competition Team and a member of the school's trial competition team.  Additionally, Ryan made the Dean's List and graduated cum laude.

Ryan has tried over a dozen jury trials to verdict, including both civil and criminal.

Significant Representative Matters

Obtained a defense verdict in a wrongful death/negligent security claim, where demand was $10 million, by arguing that the claimant was a trespasser at the time of the shooting. 

Obtained defense verdicts in several premises liability trials on the basis that clients were not negligent.

Obtained summary judgments in several negligence cases on issues ranging from workers' compensation immunity to insufficient evidence of negligence. 

Classes/Seminars Taught

When Lithium Batteries Fail and What to do About it – panel, 2019 CLM Southeast Conference, Orlando, FL, October, 2019

ETHICS: The Tripartite Relationship and Bad Faith Claims, Marshall Dennehey Florida Claims Symposium – Casino Royale, Tampa, FL, September 20, 2018

Discussions of Recent Florida Case law Developments Regarding EUO Methodology and Limitations, FIFEC - Florida Insurance Fraud Education Committee, Orlando, FL, June 2012

Florida Premises Liability Law and the Affect of Medicare Liens on Settlements, client seminar, October 2011

Published Works

"GEICO Case Opens Door to Depose Plaintiff's Physician," Daily Business Review, April 1, 2013

Legal Teaching Position

Certified Instructor in Adjuster Law and Policy by the Florida Department of Financial Services, Bureau of Licensing

U.S. District Court Southern District of Florida
Indiana University School of Law (J.D., cum laude, 2006)
University of Florida (B.S., 2003)
Honors & awards
Florida Super Lawyers Rising Star
Associations & memberships
American Bar Association
Year joined