About Ryan Furniss

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Phone: (314) 899-9101
Fax: (314) 627-5891

For more than a decade, Attorney Ryan Furniss has been advocating for clients in the areas of personal injury, employment, railroad and insurance law. While based in St. Louis, Missouri, Ryan has litigated cases across the country. Growing up in a working class family, he provides high-quality legal work with a personable touch because he knows the struggles that real people face every day.

Ryan was born in Quincy, Illinois and raised in a blue-collar farming and railroad family in Pike County, Illinois. He was active in the local community and earned the rank of Eagle Scout. He graduated from McKendree University and then attended law school at The Washington University in St. Louis. Ryan worked his way through college and law school often working two or more jobs to put himself through school.

Ryan has been practicing in St. Louis for over 10 years. Prior to starting his own firm in 2011, he spent six years working at a nationally recognized plaintiff's law firm primarily handling railroad, personal injury, employment and class action matters across the country. Ryan is licensed to practice law in both Missouri and Illinois as well as various federal courts in Missouri, Illinois, Michigan, Colorado and Ohio. He has handled cases in over 15 states around the country and has tried cases in state, federal and administrative courts across the U.S. including in Missouri, Illinois, Ohio, Michigan, and Texas.

Ryan resides in St. Louis with his wife, Katie, and their two children, Carter and Milly. Ryan and Katie both remain active in the community and in charitable organizations. Ryan is currently on the Young Friends Council of the Missouri Botanical Garden and a Board Member of the McKendree University Alumni Association.

Licensed to Practice

  • Missouri (2003)
  • Illinois (2004)
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
  • U.S.D.C. Eastern District of Missouri
  • U.S.D.C. Northern District of Illinois (Trial Bar)
  • U.S.D.C. Central District of Illinois
  • U.S.D.C. Southern District of Illinois
  • U.S.D.C. District of Colorado
  • U.S.D.C. Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S.D.C. Northern District of Ohio


  • Washington University Law School, J.D.
    — Honorable Joseph H. Goldenhersh Endowed Scholar
    — Legislative Fellow, U.S. Senate
    — Wiley Rutledge Moot Court Finalist
    — Washington University National Moot Court Team
  • McKendree University, B.A.
    — Major: History, Minor: Philosophy

Legal Publications

“Pulling Out all the Estoppels: Defeating Bogus Bankruptcy Judicial Estoppel Arguments.” American Association for Justice Newsletter, Vol. 17, No. 1, Fall 2009

“Establishing a Valid Guilty Plea in the International Criminal Tribunals: The Erdemovic Case.” Collected student papers from 2002: Seminar in International Legal Process: The Jurisprudence of the ICTY and ICTR, pp. 75-124.