P. Ryan Burningham
Associate
Seattle Office Phone: (206) 505-3823 Email Download vCard Print Bio to PDF
Education

Yale Law School, J.D.

Relay Graduate School of Education, M.A.

Brigham Young University, B.A.

 

Judicial Clerkship

Law Clerk to the Honorable Jill N. Parrish, U.S. District Court for the District of Utah

P. Ryan Burningham
Associate

A versatile trial lawyer, Mr. Burningham has litigated a wide variety of claims for plaintiffs and defendants, including personal injury, product liability, breach of contract, securities fraud, antitrust, and patent infringement. Likewise, his clients hail from a multitude of industries, including consumer and retail, healthcare, insurance, cybersecurity, cryptocurrency, and manufacturing.

Mr. Burningham frequently takes a lead role in the cases he handles. He has taken and defended dozens of depositions of fact and expert witnesses, often obtaining information critical to the case. He has drafted countless briefs and motions. And he has successfully argued on behalf of his clients, usually the sole lawyer facing off against a team of senior partners.

High-Stakes Litigation

In a breach-of-contract suit, Mr. Burningham defended Seattle Children’s Research Institute against claims brought by a former researcher. Mr. Burningham drafted SCRI’s pleadings and motions, handled party and third-party discovery, and defended all depositions of SCRI employees. The case was resolved on confidential terms shortly after the court denied the plaintiff’s request for more time to complete discovery.

Mr. Burningham has assisted on dozens of cases for retail giant Walmart. Presently, he is part of the Susman Godfrey team that serves as national coordinating counsel for litigation relating to personal injuries in store parking lots.

In an antitrust lawsuit, Mr. Burningham defended Sheet Metal Workers International Association, Local 66 in a case that had been pending for nearly four years. When the team from Susman Godfrey was brought in, Mr. Burningham spearheaded discovery efforts, and the plaintiff voluntarily dismissed the case in less than six months.

Background

Mr. Burningham received his law degree from Yale Law School. During law school he taught a high school class on constitutional law through the Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project. He also volunteered as an instructor in the Yale Young Global Scholars Program in Beijing.

Before law school, Mr. Burningham worked in Brownsville, Brooklyn, as a middle-school history teacher. He completed his undergraduate studies at Brigham Young University, where he earned a B.A. in Chinese, with honors.  He also received a M.A. in teaching, with honors, from the Relay Graduate School of Education in New York City.

In Seattle, Mr. Burningham enjoys volunteering his time to judge collegiate mock trial competitions.

Notable Representations
Results

Kean v. Seattle Children’s Hospital (King County Superior Court) Defended Seattle Children’s Hospital in a breach-of-contract suit brought by a former researcher. The case resolved on confidential terms shortly after the court denied the plaintiff’s request for more time to complete discovery.

NetFuel v. Cisco Systems, Inc. (N.D. Cal.) Represented the inventor and patent owner in a patent-infringement action relating to routing and switching technologies. The case settled on confidential terms shortly before trial.

Northshore Sheet Metal Inc. v. Sheet Metal Workers International Association, Local 66 (W.D. Wash.) Defended a local labor union in an antitrust case that had been pending for nearly four years. Just six months after Mr. Burningham and the team from Susman Godfrey were brought in to push the matter forward, the plaintiff voluntarily dismissed the case.

Walmart Inc. v. Synchrony Bank (W.D. Ark.) Assisted Walmart in a dispute against Synchrony Bank.

Ongoing

Walmart Parking Lot Litigation (Nationwide) Defending Walmart in federal and state courts across the country as part of the firm’s role as national coordinating counsel for litigation relating to personal injuries in store parking lots.

In re Lincoln National COI Litigation (E.D. Pa.) Representing plaintiffs in two putative class actions filed against Lincoln National for improperly raising policyholders’ cost-of-insurance charges, resulting in millions of dollars in damages.

In re Ripple Labs Litigation (N.D. Cal.) Part of team that was appointed to serve as co-lead counsel in a putative securities class action accusing Ripple of offering the cryptocurrency XRP for sale in violation of federal and state securities laws.

HD Silicon Solutions v. Microchip Technology Inc. (N.D. Cal.) Representing patent owner in a patent-infringement action relating to microchip design and manufacturing.

Professional Associations and Memberships

U.S.  District Court for the Western District of Washington