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Ryan S. Coward

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in Colorado Springs, CO

Aviso Law LLC
618 N Tejon Street
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
Phone: 719-247-3111
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2022
Selected to Rising Stars: 2015 - 2021
Licensed in Colorado Since: 2007
Practice Areas: Criminal Defense, Military/Veterans Law
Attorney Profile

Ryan Coward is a sophisticated trial attorney who has litigated high-profile cases nationally and in Colorado. Mr. Coward has litigated over 80 cases to successful completion and has won numerous jury verdicts. His primary practice areas include criminal defense, military law, civil rights and appeals.

Prior to founding Aviso Law, Mr. Coward served as an active duty Judge Advocate in the Army for nearly six years. Mr. Coward continues to serve as a Major in the Army Reserves JAG Corps. Throughout his career, Mr. Coward has worked on some of the nation’s highest profile cases, representing individuals such as: Army Maj Nidal Hasan, who was accused of murdering 12 soldiers and civilians at Fort Hood, Staff Sergeant Robert Bales (in post-trial matters) who was accused of murdering 16 Afghan civilians in 2012, white collar defendants accused of stealing millions of dollars in tax credits and senior ranking government officials accused of misconduct.

Following Mr. Coward’s departure from active duty, he quickly became recognized as one of Colorado’s most astute and aggressive trial lawyers. Selected as one of Denver’s top lawyers by 5280 Magazine, a Super Lawyers Rising Star, one of the top 100 trials attorneys by The National Trial Lawyers and a top 10 under 40 criminal defense attorney, Mr. Coward seeks to provide the highest quality representation possible to each and every client.

About Ryan S. Coward

First Admitted: 2007, Colorado

Professional Webpage: http://avisolawllc.com/attorneys/

Educational Background

  • Judge Advocate General's Legal Center and School, 2008
  • DePaul University, 2004

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Speaking engagement at The John Marshall Law School in Chicago, IL., Speaker, Veterans Benefits and Active Duty Military Personnel, 2011
  • Speaking engagement at the University of Nebraska Law School., Speaker, Introduction to the Army JAG Corps, 2011
  • Speaking engagemet at The John Marshall Law School in Chicago, IL., Speaker, Veterans Benefits, 2007
  • Speaking engagement at CLE conference hosted by The John Marshall Law School in Chicago, IL., Speaker, Veterans Administration: Application & Appeal for Health & Education Benefits, 2007
  • Speaking engagement at the University of Denver Law School., Speaker, Capital Defense in the Military Setting, 2014

Representative Clients

  • Alan DeAtley - Accused of theft and racketeering of over $2.5 million dollars., 2016
  • Staff Sergeant Robert Bales - Accused of murdering 16 Afghan civilians, 2014
  • Major Nidal Hasan - Accused of murdering 12 Soldiers and Civilians at Fort Hood, TX., 2012

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Founder of the Colorado Bar Association's Pro Bono Veteran's Legal Clinic - Colorado Springs, 2018
  • Brey v. City and County of Denver.  Represented multiple plaintiffs on a pro-bono basis in one the largest zoning cases in the history of Denver.  The plaintiffs, all residents of Denver's West Highlands neighborhood, sought to contenst the development of three five story mixed use buildings in the heart of a residential neighborhood., 2013

Honors/Awards

  • Selected as one of Denver's top lawyers according to 5280 Magazine., 5280 - Denver's Top Lawyers, 5280 Magazine, 2020
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers, National Trial Lawyer, 2014
  • Award for Excellence in Legal Assistance, American Bar Association, Standing Committee on Legal Assistance for Military Personnel, 2008
  • Top Ten Criminal Defense Attorneys, National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys, 2016
  • Denver's Top Lawyers, 5280 Magazine, 2016
  • Top 40 Under 40 Trial Lawyers, National Trial Lawyer, 2014
  • Denver's Top Lawyers, 5280 Magazine, 2015
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers, The National Trial Lawyers, 2016
  • Pikes Peak Region Veteran Owned Business of the Year - Ryan Coward & Aviso Law, Pikes Peak Small Business Cousnel & Better Business Bureau, 2018
  • Spirit of John Marshall Award, The John Marshall Law School, 2013
  • 5280 Denver's Top Lawyers, 5280 Magazine, 2017
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers, The National Trial Lawyer, 2017

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Chair - Colorado Bar Association Military & Veterans Law Section, 2020
  • Colorado Hispanic Bar Association., 2013
  • Colorado Criminal Defense Bar Association., 2013
  • Colorado Bar Association., 2013
  • The John Marshall Law School Veterans Legal Center and Clinic (Advisory Board)., 2008
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Office Location for Ryan S. Coward

618 N Tejon Street
Colorado Springs, CO 80903

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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