Ryan M.  Frierott

Ryan M. Frierott

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Ryan Frierott focuses his litigation practice in the fields of toxic torts, products liability, complex insurance coverage, and professional liability. He has represented clients in state and federal courts throughout the United States, and has extensive experience defending cases involving fires, product defect, expert witness challenges, and toxic tort exposure.

Ryan currently serves as national discovery counsel in toxic tort cases. In this capacity, he is responsible for identifying product issues, uniform discovery compliance, assisting local defense counsel in product-related issues to prepare for discovery, and presenting corporate witnesses for deposition. These cases involve defending alleged exposure to asbestos, manganese, and benzene contained in furnaces, welding rods, dry cleaning equipment, plastics, photographic chemicals, home appliances, and other industrial products.

Ryan has been involved in several significant cases, including:
  • Winning summary judgment and Daubert exclusion of plaintiffs’ experts for product manufacturer in a $2 million-plus property loss/fire case in Arkansas involving alleged defects in a home appliance
  • Obtaining summary judgment and Daubert exclusion ruling affirmed for product manufacturer in a personal injury/property loss/fire case in Eighth Circuit involving alleged defects in a home appliance
  • Winning summary judgment for surveyor in Illinois case where plaintiff suffered significant personal injuries when she tripped over a construction stake

Ryan is a products liability columnist for the Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel's quarterly publication and has written for the Defense Research Institute.  These articles involve substantial product liability issues, including the investigation of fire scenes and the applicability of the malfunction theory in fire and medical device cases.  He also is the co-editor of the firm's Trial by Fire blog. 

Honors
  • Illinois Super Lawyers, Rising Stars, 2015-2017
Professional Affiliations
  • Defense Research Institute 
  • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM)
  • Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel (IADTC)
  • Notre Dame Club of Chicago
Admitted to Practice
  • Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois 
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
Community Involvement
  • Legal Prep: Board Member
Education
  • Michigan State University College of Law, J.D., 2006
  • University of Notre Dame, B.A., 2002
Publications/Presentations