Ryan Lapine is an accomplished litigator with a demonstrated history of first-chair trial success in complex federal and state court matters. Clients call on Ryan to handle their most complex, high-stakes disputes, regardless of subject matter. He has significant experience in insurance recovery, intellectual property, trust and estate, and complex business disputes, with a thorough understanding of entertainment, cryptocurrency, and cannabis industry issues.
In his insurance recovery practice, Ryan represents corporate and high-net-worth policyholders, enforcing their rights when insurers resist valid claims for covered losses or fail to adhere to their duties regarding third-party claims. He also provides counseling to clients navigating pending and potential insurance claims. Ryan has helped clients resolve insurance recovery litigation through settlement negotiations and at trial. He won the second-largest insurance-recovery jury verdict in California in 2015.
Ryan has represented cannabis industry clients for 15 years and is keenly aware of the unique legal and regulatory matters affecting these businesses. He regularly represents growers, investors, property owners, product manufacturers, and dispensers in business disputes and regulatory issues. He also represents significant clients in the cryptocurrency space, including the founder and developer of a major cryptocurrency and the foundation that manages and supports a major cryptocurrency, in federal and state litigation.
Ryan regularly represents entertainment companies and well-known entertainers in a broad range of business and IP litigation arising from contract disputes, breaches of fiduciary duty, fraud, copyright and patent infringement claims, and violations of the right of publicity. He also handles a variety of business litigation for companies big and small, including breach of contract and licensing matters, defense of qui tam actions, intellectual property infringement, and business defamation. In addition, he represents high-net-worth individuals in trust, estate, and family disputes arising from palimony actions, removal of trustees, fraudulent property conveyances, complex marital dissolutions, and more.