Ryan Koopmans's Details
666 Walnut Street Suite 2000Des Moines, IA 50309
Legal: University of Iowa College of Law, J.D., 2007 (Order of the Coif; Editor, Journal of Corporation Law)
Undergraduate: University of Northern Iowa, B.A., 2004
Admitted to Practice
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. Representative cases include:
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.