Catherine A. Ryan

Top rated Personal Injury attorney in Little Rock, Arkansas

Dodds, Kidd, Ryan & Rowan
Catherine A. Ryan
Dodds, Kidd, Ryan & Rowan

Practice Areas: Personal Injury, Appellate, General Litigation; view more

Licensed in Arkansas since: 2002

Education: University of Georgia School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2022 - 2023 Selected to Rising Stars: 2010 - 2013

Dodds, Kidd, Ryan & Rowan

313 West Second Street
Little Rock, AR 72201 Visit website


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.

Ms. Ryan has 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

Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff, Appellate, General Litigation

Focus areas

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

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

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

Office location for Catherine A. Ryan

313 West Second Street
Little Rock, AR 72201

Phone: 501-375-9901


2 Years Super Lawyers
4 Years Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2022 - 2023
  • Rising Stars: 2010 - 2013

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