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Ryan Coward

Aviso Law LLC
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Ryan Coward
Aviso Law LLC
Colorado Springs,

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 University of Illinois, Chicago - John Marshall Law School (J.D. - 2007)

Areas of Practice

Criminal Law

Military Law

Civil Rights

Employment Law



Denver's top lawyers - 5280 Magazine, 2015 - 2017

Super Lawyers Rising Star - Super Lawyers Magazine, 2015 -2019

Top 100 Trial Lawyers - National Trial Lawyers

Top 10 under 40 Criminal Defense Attorney - National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys, 2015 - 2010

Top 40 under 40 - National Trial Lawyers

The Spirit of John Marshall Award - 2013

ABA LAMP Committee Award: For Excellence in Legal Assistance - 2008

Licensed at the Air Force Court of Criminal Appeals

Bar Admissions


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

Published Cases

Hasan v. United States, 2012 CCA LEXIS 399 (A.C.C.A. 2012)

Hasan v. Gross, 71 M.J. 416 (C.A.A.F. 2012)

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