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Ryan Buschell
Ryan Buschell
San Francisco +1 415 591 7015 Download V-card

Ryan Buschell’s practice covers a broad range of civil litigation—from general commercial disputes to trade secret misappropriation and antitrust actions—with a focus on complex insurance coverage lawsuits. In insurance coverage, Mr. Buschell exclusively represents policyholders, and has been involved in matters cumulatively resulting in the recovery of over one hundred million dollars arising from third-party breach of fiduciary duty, bodily injury, trade secret misappropriation, and antitrust claims.

Insurance Coverage

  • Representing international shipping company seeking millions of dollars under decades-old workers compensation policies. Secured early summary judgment ruling in favor of coverage prior to discovery.
  • Representing major healthcare organization seeking hundreds of millions of dollars in insurance coverage under its professional liability policies for damages arising from defense costs and settlement of nationwide class action.
  • Represented semiconductor manufacturer seeking tens of millions of dollars in insurance coverage for underlying Trade Secret action pursuant to D&O policy.
  • Represented a large financial institution as a policyholder in an insurance recovery litigation arising out of massive fraud at a subsidiary.

Complex Commercial Litigation and Antitrust Litigation

  • Representing an international marketer and distributor of agricultural products in multi-district class action and commercial litigation involving allegations of fraud, misrepresentation, and RICO conspiracy.
  • Representing Philippine Airlines in putative class action alleging price-fixing of transpacific passenger fares and fuel surcharges. 

Government Investigations and Enforcement Actions

  • Represented pharmaceutical company in response to an SEC investigation concerning the company’s accounting practices and allegations of off-label marketing. The SEC closed the matter without taking any enforcement action.
  • Represented the former Chief Investment Officer of Fixed Income for major mutual fund company in SEC lawsuit concerning investment in mortgage-backed securities.
  • Represented electronics distributor in response to an SEC subpoena concerning alleged channel stuffing and unjustified revenue recognition by a supplier.  The SEC closed the matter without taking any enforcement action.


Pro Bono

  • Representing Greater Birmingham Ministries and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund in Voting Rights Act challenge to Alabama’s Photo ID law. 
  • Represented condemned inmate in a civil rights action alleging excessive force, deliberate indifference, and racial discrimination against San Quentin custody and medical staff. 
  • Represented California city in challenge to U.S. Postal Service policy that excluded some low-income housing from centralized mail delivery. 
  • Filed amicus curiae brief advocating the constitutionality of California’s “may issue” concealed carry permitting system.