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Ryan K.  Marden

Biography

Seasoned in handling and trying high-risk jury trials, Ryan Marden specializes in civil litigation with an emphasis on defending auto manufacturers in warranty litigation and defending catastrophic personal injury cases. With more than 17 years of experience, Ryan has experience in all aspects of litigation, from inception through trial. He has substantial first-chair trial experience, regularly handles dispositive motions, and has argued numerous cases before appeals courts.

Professional Expertise

  • Successfully argued before the Court of Appeal of the State of California, Second Appellate District- Division Two affirming a unanimous defense verdict in an express warranty (Song-Beverly Act) and fraud trial for a major auto manufacturer (April 2020).
  • Obtained unanimous defense verdict on express warranty and fraud claims for auto manufacturer (2019).
  • Secured unanimous defense verdict on implied warranty and fraud claims for auto manufacturer (2019).
  • Obtained two nonsuits on claims for punitive damages in automotive fraud cases (2018).
  • Represented a major railroad company in the litigation arising from a 2008 train collision, which resulted in 25 fatalities and more than 100 claimed injuries. Ryan oversaw a litigation team of 10 attorneys and paralegals, and served as Defense Liaison Counsel in the Los Angeles Superior Court action.  He was subsequently appointed as Special Master to provide feedback to the court in allocating the interpleader proceeds.
  • Secured summary judgment for a title insurance company and lender against claims of fraud and predatory lending causes of action.
  • Obtained finding of liability against an employee of a major entertainment company for causing a train derailment which resulted in two fatalities and more than 25 alleged injuries. The judgment resulted in the recovery of a multi-million dollar property damage claim and no finding of liability for claims of personal injury against his client.
  • Defended a common carrier in an action involving a double fatality. Ryan’s client contributed no funds towards the settlement and received reimbursement for attorney’s fees expended in defending the action.
  • Obtained dismissal of defendant in federal courts against claims of RICO and claims regarding predatory lending.

Services

Education

  • University of Southern California, Gould School of Law  (J.D., 2001)
    • International Law Journal
  • University of California, Irvine  (B.A., 1998)

Bar Admissions

  • California
  • Minnesota

Courts

  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California

Professional Affiliations

  • National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel
  • State Bar of California
  • Minnesota State Bar Association

Honors

  • Top Attorneys in Pasadena, Pasadena Magazine (2010-2014)

Trials

  • Nelson v. Doe Auto Manufacturer, Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles
  • Gastelum v. Doe Auto Manufacturer, Superior Court of California, County of Orange
  • Figueroa v. Doe Auto Manufacturer, Superior Court of California, County of Ventura 
  • Maloney v. Renzenberger & Union Pacific, Superior Court of California, County of San Bernardino
  • Durmeier v. Globeground North America, LLC, Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles
  • Southern California Regional Rail Authority v. Helldorado Productions, LLC, Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles
  • Maloney v. Union Pacific Railroad Company, Superior Court of California, County of San Bernardino
  • Gray v. Union Pacific Railroad Company, Superior Court of California, County of San Bernardino
  • Southern California Edison v. Union Pacific Railroad Company, Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles
  • Johnson v. Union Pacific Railroad Company, Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles
  • Cadoret v. Union Pacific Railroad Company, Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles
  • Cuevas v. Doe Auto Manufacturer, Superior Court of California, County of Riverside
  • Reguiero v. Doe Auto Manufacturer, Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles
  • Covert v. Doe Auto Manufacturer, Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles
  • Blasco v. Doe Auto Manufacturer, Superior Court of California, County of San Bernardino