direct phone: (605) 906-8912

Ryan obtained J.D. and M.B.A. degrees from the University of South Dakota School of Law and Beacom School of Business.  Ryan graduated from law school first in his class and with Sterling Honors.

Ryan’s practice is focused on insurance defense and commercial litigation.  Ryan has represented and defended clients in products liability claims, first and third-party insurance claims, high value personal injury and wrongful death claims, property and water drainage disputes, complex construction litigation, defense of professional malpractice, and commercial trucking claims.

Ryan is admitted to practice in South Dakota State and Federal Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, and Minnesota state court.

Practice Areas

Civil Litigation

Commercial Litigation

Insurance defense representing clients in a range of matters, including bad faith, commercial trucking, automobile accidents, contract disputes, property disputes, residential construction, commercial construction, ag construction, and drainage and water disputes

Professional Experience

Evans Haigh & Arndt LLP
Partner 2022 – Present
Associate 2017 – 2021


South Dakota State University
(B.S., Economics, 2012)

University of South Dakota
(J.D./M.B.A, With Sterling Honors, 2017)


Admitted to Practice (State)
South Dakota, 2017

United States District Court for the District of South Dakota, 2017

Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, 2018

Minnesota, 2018

Reported Decisions

South Dakota Supreme Court

  • Zochert v. Progressive Life Insurance Company, 921 N.W.2d 479 (S.D. 2019)
  • Burgi v. East Winds Court, Inc., 969 N.W.2d 919 (S.D. 2022)

Federal District Court

  • Prince Manufacturing Corp. v. Vactor Manufacturing, Inc., 2019 WL 11073225 (D.S.D. Mar. 27, 2019)
  • Sovereign Holdings, Inc. v. Deck, 2018 WL 4441468 (D.S.D. 2018)
  • Meierhenry Sargent LLP v. Williams, 2019 WL 2105986 (D.S.D. 2019)
  • Meierhenry Sargent LLP v. Williams, 2019 WL 6347776 (D.S.D. 2019)

Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals

  • Meierhenry Sargent LLP v. Williams, 915 F.3d 507 (8th Cir. 2019)
  • Meierhenry Sargent LLP v. Williams, 992 F.3d 661 (8th Cir. 2021)