About Ryan

Ryan Wood practices in the firm’s Real Estate and Construction group focusing on construction and business litigation. Ryan has a record of success challenging public agencies in bidding and contract administration, achieving favorable results in bid protests and public contract litigation. In addition to his litigation practice, Ryan functions as outside general counsel for both construction and commercial entities, where he advises clients on a wide range of matters affecting the day-to-day operations of their businesses. Ryan also has experience in environmental litigation, appellate and writs, eminent domain, corporate law and intellectual property and licensing.

In addition to his legal practice, Ryan served in the United States Navy and Navy Reserve from 1993 to 2013. During his military career, Ryan deployed three times, including one deployment to the Al Anbar province of Iraq with the Navy Seabees in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Ryan served a number of roles, including the command Intelligence Chief for Naval Mobile Construction Battalion Eighteen, where he was responsible for threat assessment and mission planning.

Prior to joining Stoel Rives, Ryan served as Counsel for Downey Brand LLP.

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  • Served as lead trial and appellate counsel successfully defending an asphalt plant operator and its parent company in a trespass action brought by a gold dredging company seeking disgorgement damages in excess of $100 million. Cal Sierra Development, Inc. v. George Reed, Inc. (2017) 14 Cal.App.5th 663.
  • Served as lead counsel for a road construction firm, challenging a City’s contract award to another contractor, and successfully persuaded the City Council to reverse its vote and award the contract to his client.
  • Served as lead trial counsel in a three-week jury trial on behalf of a large pavement contractor, achieving a favorable result in the defense of the contractor’s product warranty.
  • Served as second chair trial counsel in a three-week jury trial involving a partnership dispute in the money services business, successfully obtaining a favorable jury verdict and costs award totaling more than $780,000.
  • Represented a pavement maintenance material supplier as lead counsel in a patent infringement action. The action resolved with favorable results at the early stages of the litigation, which allowed the client to proceed with the use of its proprietary product, saving the client more than half a million dollars in material costs.
  • Authored a successful CEQA writ of mandate brief to invalidate a City of Oakland ordinance banning plastic carryout bags at retail establishments on the ground that the ordinance’s practical effect caused substantial adverse impacts on the environment.
  • Successfully obtained a demurrer without leave to amend on behalf of three public agencies in a complex natural resources case involving extraterritorial taxation and mineral royalties.
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Honors & Activities

Professional Honors and Activities

  • Adjunct Law Professor, Persuasive Analysis Strategies and Skills, McGeorge School of Law, 2012-present
  • Distinguished Alumnus Honoree, Los Rios Foundation, Folsom Lake College, 2015
  • Member, Alumni Board of Directors, California State University, Sacramento
  • Listed among Rising Stars (Construction Litigation, Business Litigation), Northern California Super Lawyers®, 2011-2016
  • Member of practice group nationally ranked Tier 1 for Construction Law, 2010-2020 | Construction Litigation, 2015-2020, by U.S. News – Best Lawyers®Best Law Firms
  • Included in Sacramento Magazine “Top Lawyers” list (Construction Litigation), 2015, 2016
  • Member, Business Law Section, Sacramento County Bar Association, 2005-present
  • Member, Washoe County Bar Association, 2010-present

Civic Activities

  • Board Member and Past Chairman, Board of Directors, Youth Development Network, 2011–present; Board member, 2008-present
  • Incorporating Attorney and First General Counsel, Veterans Community Support Network, Inc., 2009
  • Former Governing Board, Community Legal Services, McGeorge School of Law, 2002-2004
  • Member, Veterans of Foreign Wars, 2007–present
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Insights & Presentations

Insights & Presentations

  • “Certifying subcontractor claims under the Contract Disputes Act,” Daily Journal of Commerce, July 18, 2019
  • Presenter, “Equipment emissions and local air quality regulations,” North State BIA Forward Planning Seminar, Sacramento, California, Feb. 27, 2018
  • ”Draconian results for California agencies in civil rights case,“ Daily Journal of Commerce, July 20, 2017
  • “Advanced Deposition Skills,” Barristers Club of Sacramento, Nov. 17, 2015
  • “Deposition Tactics and Strategies,” Barristers Club of Sacramento, Oct. 12, 2014
  • “Legal Matters Before Deployment,” U.S. Navy Reserve, June 2006

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