Ryan Koopmans

Ryan Koopmans focuses on appellate litigation, complex trial court litigation, and contested regulatory proceedings. He has represented clients at the trial and appellate levels in cases involving antitrust, constitutional law, health care, and consumer fraud. Since 2012, Ryan has participated in 20 Iowa Supreme Court cases and several other appellate proceedings covering a wide range of issues.

From 2017 until 2019, Ryan worked for Governor Kim Reynolds, serving most recently as chief of staff and as senior legal counsel and policy director before that. In those roles, Ryan was instrumental in advancing the Governor’s signature achievements, including a state income tax overhaul and the Future Ready Iowa workforce initiative. He also worked closely with state agency directors and their staff, legislative leaders, and the Attorney General’s office.

In private practice, Ryan has argued or briefed cases before the Iowa Supreme Court on issues ranging from the standards for monopolization under Iowa’s antitrust laws to the constitutional limits of punitive damage awards. Best Lawyers® recognized Ryan as the 2021 Lawyer of the Year in Appellate Practice in Des Moines and as the 2022 Lawyer of the Year in Litigation - Antitrust in Des Moines. Ryan is also recognized by Best Lawyers® in the areas of Appellate Practice and Litigation - Antitrust. Representative cases include:

  • Wellmark, Inc. v. District Court for Polk County: Successfully petitioned the Iowa Supreme Court to grant a writ of certiorari and reverse the district court on jurisdictional grounds in a putative class action.
  • Abbas v. Iowa Insurance Division: Persuaded the Iowa Supreme Court that Iowa allows health insurers to set differing in-network rates for chiropractors and physicians.
  • Thornton v. American Interstate Insurance Company: Represented the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Iowa Association of Business and Industry as amici curiae in urging the Iowa Supreme Court to overturn an unconstitutional punitive damages award.
  • Mueller v. Wellmark, Inc.: Persuaded the Iowa Supreme Court to affirm summary judgment and apply the rule of reason to antitrust claims involving provider networks and allegations of price fixing.
  • Nelson v. Lindaman: Petitioned the Court to review denial of summary judgment on interlocutory appeal and reverse the district court’s ruling denying the defendant statutory immunity.
  • Homan v. Branstad: Represented Governor Branstad in a lawsuit challenging the scope of his item-veto authority.

Ryan has also represented clients in rate-making proceedings before the Iowa Utilities Board, in contested-case proceedings before the Iowa Insurance Division, and in bid protests before the Iowa Department of Administrative Services.

Ryan started private practice in 2008 at the Washington, D.C. office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP. After law school, he clerked for the Honorable Steven M. Colloton on the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. During law school, Ryan clerked for the Honorable Randy J. Holland of the Delaware Supreme Court.

Ryan graduated with highest honors from the University of Iowa College of Law and received a B.A. in economics with highest honors from the University of Northern Iowa.