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Ryan J. Lorenz



14850 N. Scottsdale Rd
Suite 500
Scottsdale, AZ 85254
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J.D., Creighton University School of Law, Omaha, Nebraska, 1999
B.A., Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska, 1995
State Bar Licenses
Court Admissions
U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit
U.S. District Ct., District of Arizona
U.S. District Ct., District of Nevada
U.S. District Ct., District of Colorado

Ryan J. Lorenz


Ryan J. Lorenz is a Member in Clark Hill’s Litigation Practice Group and an adjunct member of the Corporate Restructuring and Bankruptcy and Health Care Practice Groups. Ryan’s practice focuses on federal and state litigation in the areas of commercial disputes, trust and estates, real estate, collections, bankruptcy, administrative law, medical malpractice, and tribal law. Ryan’s strengths are most often found in the use of thoughtful and creative strategies designed to achieve optimal outcomes. Ryan’s philosophy is that a client’s needs and personal or business goals should always take a front seat.

Ryan’s professional roots go back to 1999 when he began his practice in Mohave County with the Law Office of Paul Lenkowsky and its predecessor firm, Lenkowsky, Ezzell & Burgeson. Prior to joining Clark Hill, Ryan was with the Scottsdale firm of Norling, Kolsrud, Sifferman & Davis, PLC, which merged with Clark Hill in 2009.

Ryan received his undergraduate and Juris Doctor degrees from Creighton University (BA 1995, JD 1999). He has been admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, the United States District Courts for the Districts of Arizona, Nevada and Colorado, all state courts of Arizona and Nevada, and eleven Arizona tribal courts.

Ryan has served as a member of the State Bar of Arizona's Committee on Civil Jury Instructions for six years and a member of the Men's Board for the Fresh Start Women's Foundation for five years. Ryan has been a member of the board of directors of the Scottsdale Bar Association since 2010, having completed a cycle of officer positions (Treasurer 2013-14, Secretary 2014-15, Vice President 2015-16, and President 2016-17). Ryan has served on the board of the Cortina Homeowners Association (2013-2016) and continues to sit on the Tatum Highlands Community Association, since 2013 (Vice-President 2014-present). Ryan remains a member of the Native American Bar Association of Arizona and the Airpark Committee of the Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce. In his free time, he enjoys golf, fantasy sports, cinema, travel, time with his wife and stepchildren and supporting Creighton athletics.

Reported decision: Saguaro Healing LLC v. State of Arizona, Et Al. (2020) CV-19-0129-PR.

Vice-President, Scottsdale Bar Association
Member, State Bar of Arizona, Bankruptcy Section
Member, Native American Bar Association of Arizona
Vice-President, Tatum Highlands Community Association
Member, Board of Directors, Cortina Homeowners Association

Advised an Arizona commercial growing facility and associated dispensary on the dispensary certificate application process, various corporate transactions, regulatory compliance, litigation, and Department of Health Services matters. 

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Ryan Lorenz and Sean Carroll were successful in obtaining a reversal of a $12 million verdict against their client, Sherry Petta, in a published opinion of the Arizona Court of Appeals. Desert Palm Surgical Group PLC v. Petta, 236 Ariz. 568, 343 P.3d 438 (App. 2015). On July 30, 2015, the Arizona Supreme Court denied the Carlottis’ petition for review, thereby ending the appeal in Ms. Petta’s favor.