J. Ryan HeiskellOf Counsel
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J. Ryan Heiskell has years of first-hand knowledge and experience with the law and particularly with products liability, personal injury, inverse condemnation, trespass and environmental litigation. After obtaining his undergraduate degree from DePaul University in Chicago, IL, Ryan sought to attend medical school in Virginia. After moving there with his wife and while waiting out his year to establish residency, he began working for his father at the Michie, Hamlett law firm in Charlottesville, VA. Ryan’s father had been trying cases against Ford Motor Company and other manufacturers for years and needed help with a new case, a sudden acceleration case involving the death of a 13-year-old child.
During the course of two years of discovery battles, millions of pages of document production and countless hours of legal research, Ryan decided he didn’t want to go to medical school any longer; he wanted to be a trial lawyer. That case was Huber v. Ford and was tried by Cam Lewis and Hike Heiskell to a multi-million dollar plaintiffs’ verdict. While in law school Ryan also helped prepare and try Watson v. Ford, which was also tried to verdict.
Ryan, his wife and their three sons, lived in Pawleys Island, where he served in a plaintiffs’ law firm as partner-in-charge of the firm’s automotive safety/product liability and environmental litigation divisions.
Since January 2013, Ryan has worked as part of the Lewis Babcock LLP team litigating product liability cases, flood-related cases, insurance and other commercial disputes, condemnation proceedings, dram shop liability, and legal and medical malpractice matters.
Ryan also represents more than a thousand veterans, their spouses and children and others who were employed and/or residing on Camp Lejeune Naval Base in North Carolina during a period of time when its water was highly contaminated with harmful chemicals, including TCE, PCE and benzene. Ryan also represented West Virginia landowners in a battle against Range Resources, a multi-billion dollar Texas oil company, for its alleged fraudulent behavior associated with acquiring mineral rights in West Virginia.
- DePaul University, 2001
- English Degree
- Ohio Northern University of Law, 2007
- Toxic Substances and Hazardous Wastes Book Award
- Dean’s List
Bar Admissions and Memberships
- South Carolina, 2007
- District of Columbia, 2012
- Watson v. Ford Motor Company (2006) $18,000,000 verdict
- Motelson v. Ford Motor Company (2008) $6,500,000 verdict ($13.5 Million post-trial)
- Huber v. Ford Motor Company (2002) $1,700,000 verdict
- Jefferson v. Ford Motor Company (2008) $1,700,000 settlement
- White v. Ford Motor Company (2008) Confidential Settlement
- Applewhite v. Nissan (2008) Confidential Settlement
- Chard v. Nissan (2007) Confidential Settlement
- Alonso v. Ford Motor Company (2007) Confidential Settlement
- McKinney v. Ford Motor Company (2013) Confidential Settlement
- Green v. Ford Motor Company (2013) Confidential Settlement