Ryan M. Kunhart

Ryan M. Kunhart provides legal representation for businesses, governmental entities, and individuals in various litigation cases. These include contract breaches, business torts, trade secret disputes, fiduciary duty matters, negligence, insurance conflicts, and construction defects. Ryan also assists corporate clients in defending against employment claims such as discrimination, wrongful termination, and retaliation under laws like Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), and other state and federal employment regulations. Additionally, he defends governmental bodies and elected officials in cases related to employment issues, police misconduct, First Amendment violations, and civil rights claims under 42 U.S.C. § 1983.

Ryan provides guidance to clients regarding the creation, execution, and oversight of employment policies and protocols, executive and employment contracts, workplace inquiries, and labor discussions. He aids clients in adhering to relevant federal, state, and local labor regulations and offers counsel on recruitment, disciplinary actions, terminations, bias issues, staff reductions, and remuneration.

Representative Experience

  • Appointed by the Nebraska Attorney General to serve as a Special Assistant Attorney General to represent Nebraska State Trooper on 42 U.S.C. 1983 excessive force claim.
  • Dick v. Koski Pro. Grp., P.C., 308 Neb. 257, 953 N.W.2d 257 (2021). 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.
  • 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.
  • 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

  • Ten Outstanding Young Omahans (TOYO) 2024 Class
  • Youth Lacrosse Coach
  • Gift of Adoption Fund’s Nebraska and Iowa Chapter, President and Founding Board Member
  • Defense Research Institute, Committee Chair, Civil Rights and Governmental Liability Committee
  • Martindale-Hubbell®, AV Preeminent

Practice Areas

  • Labor and Employment
    • Discrimination & Harassment
    • ADA & FMLA
    • Wage & Hour
    • Non-Competes & Unfair Competition
    • Employee Handbooks & Agreements
    • Labor Law & Union Relations
    • Workplace Training
  • Litigation, Trial Practice & Dispute Resolution
    • Civil Rights & Governmental Liability
    • Business & Commercial Law
    • Construction

Bar Admissions

  • State of Nebraska
  • State of Texas
  • 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


  • Creighton University School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 2011
  • Certificate in Litigation
  • Creighton University, B.A., magna cum laude, Journalism, co-major in History 

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