Ryan M. Kunhart advises clients on the development, implementation, and monitoring of employment programs and policies. He assists clients in complying with applicable federal, state and local employment laws and advises clients on hiring, discipline, discharge, discrimination, and compensation. He drafts employment handbooks, employment agreements, employee policies and procedures, and employment applications. Ryan also defends corporate clients against discrimination and wrongful discharge matters. Ryan represents businesses, governmental entities, and individuals on a variety of litigation matters including breaches of contract, business tort, trade secret and fiduciary duty matters, negligence, alleged civil rights violations, insurance disputes, and construction defects.
Nader v. City of Papillion, et al., 917 F.3d 1055 (8th Cir. 2019), cert. denied, 140 S. Ct. 45 (2019). Represented local municipality, its police chief and police officers on Fourth and Fourteenth Amendment unlawful arrest, seizure, and conspiracy claims. Affirmation of summary judgment on all claims.
Lead defense counsel in a two-week jury trial involving claims seeking $2,500,000 for tortious interference with business relationships, aiding and abetting a breach of fiduciary duty, malicious prosecution, misappropriation of trade secrets, civil conspiracy, and unjust enrichment. Defense verdict on all claims.
Hedglin v. Esch and The City of Hastings, Nebraska, 25 Neb. App. 306 (Neb. Ct. App. 2017). Affirmation of motion to dismiss alleging the Plaintiff failed to comply with requirements under the Nebraska Political Subdivisions Tort Claims Act when the Plaintiff prematurely withdrew her tort claim and filed a lawsuit.
Nyamatore v. Schuerman and Omaha Transit Authority, 25 Neb. App. 209 (Neb. Ct. App. 2017). Affirmation of summary judgment motion alleging the Plaintiff failed to comply with the Nebraska Political Subdivisions Tort Claims Act notice requirements.
Cooper v. Penske Truck Leasing, Co., Ltd. Partnership, 2015 WL 6870007 (D. Neb. 2015). Obtained complete dismissal on summary judgment of Title VII and Nebraska Fair Employment Practices Act race discrimination claims.
Williams v. Raynor, Rensch & Pfeiffer, City of Bellevue, Nebraska, et al., 669 Fed. Appx. 340 (8th Cir. 2015), cert. denied, 137 S. Ct. 1344 (2017). Represented local municipality on Plaintiff’s Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Fourteenth Amendment, RICO, and other state and federal law claims. Affirmation of summary judgment on all claims.
Sanchez v. Bremer and the City of Alliance, Nebraska, 894 F. Supp. 2d 1190 (D. Neb. 2012). Obtained complete dismissal on summary judgment of Fourth Amendment unlawful seizure and excessive force claim against a municipality.
Successfully defended multiple charges of discrimination before local, state and federal agencies resulting in No Reasonable Cause determinations.
Professional Affiliations and Community Involvement
- Gift of Adoption Fund’s Nebraska and Iowa Chapter, founding board member
- Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Midlands Service League, volunteer
- Defense Research Institute
- Martindale-Hubbell®, AV Preeminent
- Labor and Employment
- Discrimination and Harassment
- Hiring, Discipline
- ADA and FMLA
- Wage and Hour
- Non-Competes and Unfair Competition
- Employee Handbooks and Agreements
- Labor Law and Union Relations
- Workplace Training
- Litigation, Trial Practice & Dispute Resolution
- Civil Rights and Governmental Liability
- Business and Commercial Law
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
- U.S. District Court, District of Nebraska
- U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas
- U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas
- State of Nebraska
- State of Texas
- J.D., (cum laude) Creighton University, 2011
- Certificate in Litigation
- Recipient of the CALI Excellence for the Future Award in Trial Practice
- B.A., (magna cum laude) Creighton University, 2007
- Bachelor of Arts in Journalism, co-major in History
- Dean’s Scholar
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