Ryan Coward is a sophisticated trial attorney who has litigated high-profile cases nationally and in Colorado. Mr. Coward has litigated over 80 cases to successful completion and has won numerous jury verdicts. His primary practice areas include criminal defense, military law, employment law, civil rights and appeals.
Prior to founding Aviso Law, Mr. Coward served as an active duty Judge Advocate in the Army for nearly six years. Mr. Coward continues to serve as a Major in the Army Reserves JAG Corps. Throughout his career, Mr. Coward has worked on some of the nation’s highest profile cases, representing individuals such as: Army Maj Nidal Hasan, who was accused of murdering 12 soldiers and civilians at Fort Hood, Staff Sergeant Robert Bales (in post-trial matters) who was accused of murdering 16 Afghan civilians in 2012, white collar defendants accused of stealing millions of dollars in tax credits and senior ranking government officials accused of misconduct.
Following Mr. Coward’s departure from active duty, he quickly became recognized as one of Colorado’s most astute and aggressive trial lawyers. Selected as one of Denver’s top lawyers by 5280 Magazine, a Super Lawyers Rising Star, one of the top 100 trials attorneys by The National Trial Lawyers and a top 10 under 40 criminal defense attorney, Mr. Coward seeks to provide the highest quality representation possible to each and every client.
DePaul University - Chicago, Illinois (B.M., Music, International Studies - 2004)
The John Marshall Law School (J.D. – 2007)
Areas of Practice
Denver’s top lawyers - 5280 Magazine, 2015 - 2017
Super Lawyers Rising Star - Super Lawyers Magazine, 2015 -2017
Top 100 Trial Lawyers - National Trial Lawyers
Top 10 under 40 Criminal Defense Attorney - National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys, 2015 - 2017
Top 40 under 40 - National Trial Lawyers
The Spirit of John Marshall Award – 2013
ABA LAMP Committee Award: For Excellence in Legal Assistance – 2008
U.S. District Court of Colorado
10th Circuit Court of Appeals
U.S. Army Court of Criminal Appeals
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces
Hasan v. United States, 2012 CCA LEXIS 399 (A.C.C.A. 2012)