At Simmons Hanly Conroy, Shareholder Ryan Dickherber focuses his practice primarily on helping individuals and families impacted by mesothelioma and asbestos-related diseases. He has secured millions of dollars in settlements and verdicts on their behalf
Ryan has experience at all phases of litigation, including pre-trial discovery, motion practice, depositions and jury trials. At the firm, he is involved in all stages of a case, including writing discovery and motions; taking depositions for plaintiffs, expert witnesses and corporate representatives; and trying cases in court. He has been practicing law for over 12 years.
Personal Attention for Every Client
Ryan believes personal attention to each of his clients is one of the most important parts of his job. He works to understand their employment and family history as well as their personal story.
“All of my clients are hard-working individuals who need someone to stand up for their legal rights against the companies who harmed them, but every case is different,” Ryan said. “I take my role as their advocate seriously, as I understand this is often the only chance for my client’s story to be heard.”
Clients can expect Ryan to be dedicated from the beginning of the case to the end. He provides an open line of communication and works tirelessly to achieve the best result for each client.
A Recent Case of Rare Asbestos Exposure
Ryan has experience helping clients who were exposed to asbestos in a variety of occupations, such as former aircraft and truck mechanics and oil refinery workers. One case he recently litigated involved Bryant, who at age 24, was a helicopter repairman in Louisiana. Bryant’s exposure to asbestos began in 1988 and continued into the late 1990s. At 48 years old, Bryant learned he had pleural mesothelioma. Thirteen months after his initial diagnosis, he passed away.
Ryan took the lead for the legal team assigned to Bryant’s case.
“We had to fully investigate the manufacturers of the helicopters and the products within in those aircraft to develop his case from the ground up,” Ryan said. “There were no usual suspects to start with, so it made the case more challenging than usual, and the good result even more remarkable.”
Ryan and his team were successful in working up the case against several companies and obtaining a favorable result for Bryant’s family.
Background and Experience
Ryan graduated from Miami University in 2001 with a bachelor’s degree in general business. He earned his J.D. from Saint Louis University School of Law in 2005. While in law school, he was a member of the Trial Advocacy Competition Team. Ryan won the regional competition of the Young Lawyers National Trial Competition, which placed him in the top 50 of law school trial advocates in the country. He also obtained a certificate in employment law.
Ryan dedicates his free time to volunteering in the community. He serves as a mentor for teenagers in East St. Louis through Join Hands East St. Louis’ Alternative Education Program. He is also a member of the Saint Louis Priory School Alumni Board of Directors and involved in the Young Friends of Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation.
Prior to joining the firm in 2010, Ryan worked in St. Louis, practicing class action, commercial, personal injury and product liability litigation. He has been practicing law since 2005.