Ryan J. Kohler

SUMMARY

Ryan J. Kohler is a trial attorney in the firm’s South Pasadena
office, with a practice focus on professional liability, employment
matters, construction, and business litigation. In the construction
field, he has helped clients on a wide range of issues including
contract formation, risk management, unpaid fee resolution, and
liability defense. He also helps a broad range of clients with
employment and HR issues, including wage and hour claims,
discrimination, retaliation, and the defense of employment lawsuits
in courts and administrative state agencies. Mr. Kohler also helps
clients respond to employment issues as they arise and assists
employers in structuring effective and practical personnel policies,
handbooks, and protocols to help minimize employment-related
litigation.

In addition, Mr. Kohler is active on committees for the American
Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC), and involved with the
American Institute of Architects – Los Angeles Chapter (AIA-LA),
and Professionals in Human Resources Association (PIHRA). He is
also a trustee of the Pasadena Bar Association.

Mr. Kohler received his undergraduate degree from Florida State
University and his law degree from the University of Southern
California Law School. His recent publications and seminars
include The Limits of Reasonable Accommodation, Zen and the Art
of Contractual Indemnity
, and Inquiring Minds and the FMLA.

EXPERIENCE

Defense Verdict for Engineer in Design Defect Case: Owner
alleged client negligently designed civil engineering features,
requiring total reconstruction of the area of work. We told the jury
the matter could have been resolved through the contracts’ RFI
process without any reconstruction work.
CCM+S won a defense verdict at trial and obtained an award of
attorney’s fees for the client.

Obtained Favorable Resolution for Employer in Sexual
Harassment Matter:
Employee alleged head of company engaged
in a pattern of sexual harassment. Employer vigorously denied
employee’s claim. CCM+S resolved the matter confidentially for a
reasonable amount before Plaintiff filed a lawsuit; the settlement
involved the resignation of the employee making the allegations.

Won Payment and Dismissal of Claims on Behalf of
Contractor:
Owner failed to pay final invoices, and contractor
brought claim for unpaid fees. Owner cross-claimed for fraud,
breach of contract, and unfair business practices. After the start of
trial, owner agreed to dismiss all claims and pay our client all
monies owed plus reasonable attorney’s fees.

Defense Verdict for Engineer Against Property Owner: Owner
blamed engineer for project delay and cost overruns. Engineer
argued owner caused the delays by failing to authorize additional
services and that owner’s damage claims were inflated. After trial, a
jury found for Engineer and denied any recovery to Owner.

Obtained Favorable Settlement for Employer in Labor Matter:
Employee alleged failure to pay reimbursements and overtime.
Employer contended that employee was exempt and received all
appropriate payments. The claim settled after a preliminary Labor
Commission hearing for a significantly reduced amount once
employee agreed to dismiss most of the claims.

Won Arbitration in Favor of Architect and Personal Liability
on Part of LLC Owner:
Owner claimed architect delayed project
and overcharged for services and demanded a seven-figure
payment. Architect denied these claims and brought its own claim
for unpaid final invoice. After arbitration of claim, arbitrator ruled
in favor of architect and awarded architect unpaid fees and
reasonable attorney’s fees against owner’s LLC. After obtaining
entry of judgment in Court, owner claimed the LLC lacked the
ability to pay the judgment. CCM+S argued the owner was
abusing the corporate form, and the court agreed and found the
owner should be personally liable as well, resulting in owner’s
payment of judgment to Architect.

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS
  • State Bar of California
  • Pasadena Bar Association
  • Association of Southern California Defense Counsel
  • American Bar Association
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
PUBLICATIONS/SEMINARS
  • The Law and Your Practice: How to Protect Your Firm
  • What To Do When The California Architects Board Comes Calling Building Information Modeling: A 3D Picture of Liability?
  • New Law Fights the Unauthorized Use of Plans and Strengthens Rights of California Architects