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Catherine A. Ryan

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Little Rock, AR

Dodds, Kidd, Ryan & Rowan
313 West Second Street
Little Rock, AR 72201
Phone: 501-375-9901
Fax: 501-376-0387
Selected to Rising Stars: 2010 - 2013
Licensed in Arkansas Since: 2002
Practice Areas: Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff, Appellate, General Litigation
Attorney Profile

An attorney with Dodds, Kidd, Ryan & Rowan, Catherine A. Ryan represents clients in Little Rock, Arkansas, in matters of personal injury, litigation and appeals. Ms. Ryan has almost two decades of experience representing injured clients with an emphasis on professional negligence and product liability claims.  During her career, she has practiced in many areas of civil litigation, everything from complicated qui-tam claims and multidistrict litigation to simple contract disputes and simple auto accidents.

Recently, Ms. Ryan obtained favorable rulings from the Arkansas Supreme Court and Arkansas Court of Appeals, granting her request to reverse and remand cases involving statutory interpretation of civil and criminal code.  She also successfully defended appeals brought by adverse parties.

Ms. Ryan is admitted to practice in both the state of Arkansas and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. She is admitted to practice before the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas, the United States Court of Appeals for the 1st Circuit and the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts.  Ms. Ryan earned her Juris Doctor at the University of Georgia School of Law.  She is a member of the Arkansas Bar Association, Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association, the American Association for Justice, the American Bar Association, and is a Life Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.  

Practice Areas
  • 50%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
  • 30%Appellate
  • 20%General Litigation
Focus Areas

Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Wrongful Death, Premises Liability - Plaintiff, Appeals


4 Years Rising Stars
  • Rising Stars: 2010 - 2013

About Catherine A. Ryan

First Admitted: 2002, Arkansas

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Bar/Professional Activity

  • Life Fellow of the American Bar Foundation
  • American Association for Justice, Member
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Arkansas Bar Association, Member 
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Arkansas, 2016
  • Arkansas, 2016
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 1st Circuit, 2007
  • Massachusetts, 2002
  • U.S. District Court District of Massachusetts, 2004


  • “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers publication in 2010-2013
  • , Legal Elite, Arkansas Money & Politics, 2021
  • , Little Rock's Best Lawyers, Soiree Magazine, 2020
  • , Little Rock's Best Lawyers, Soiree Magazine, 2021

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Co-Author, Emotional Distress chapter, Massachusetts Tort Law Manual

Educational Background

  • University of New Hampshire, B.A


  • Obtained a reverse and remand from the Arkansas Court of Appeals in connection with the interpretation of an Arkansas statute governing the removal of hazards from the roadway., 2019
  • Obtained a reverse and remand from the Arkansas Supreme Court in connection with the procedure for appealing criminal decisions from District Court to Circuit Court., 2019
  • Catherine and her co-counsel successfully represented a contractor who was sued for breach of contract in connection with a kitchen remodel. The jury returned a verdict for their client on his counterclaim, also alleging breach of contract, and denied the plaintiff's claims against him., 2017
  • $661,784 verdict against the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority (MBTA) for injuries resulting from MBTA bus losing steering, crossing the double yellow line and pinning plaintiff's vehicle against a tree. Injuries included a serious crush injury to the Plaintiff’s right ankle., 2009
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Office Location for Catherine A. Ryan

313 West Second Street
Little Rock, AR 72201

Phone: 501-375-9901

Fax: 501-376-0387

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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