Ryan M. Kunhart/

Employment, Litigation and Trial Practice/

Office: 402.933.3079/
Ryan Kunhart

Biography

Ryan M. Kunhart advises clients on the development, implementation, and monitoring of employment programs and policies. He assists clients in complying with applicable federal, state and local employment laws and advises clients on hiring, discipline, discharge, discrimination, and compensation. He drafts employment handbooks, employment agreements, employee policies and procedures and employment applications. Ryan also defends corporate clients against discrimination and wrongful discharge matters. Ryan represents businesses, governmental entities, and individuals on a variety of litigation matters including breaches of contract, business tort, trade secret and fiduciary duty matters, negligence, alleged civil rights violations, insurance disputes, and construction defects.

Representative Experience

Hedglin v. Esch and The City of Hastings, Nebraska, 25 Neb. App. 306 (Neb. Ct. App. 2017).  Affirmation of motion to dismiss alleging the Plaintiff failed to comply with requirements under the Nebraska Political Subdivisions Tort Claims Act when the Plaintiff prematurely withdrew her tort claim and filed a lawsuit.

Nyamatore v. Schuerman and Omaha Transit Authority, 25 Neb. App. 209 (Neb. Ct. App. 2017). Affirmation of summary judgment motion alleging the Plaintiff failed to comply with the Nebraska Political Subdivisions Tort Claims Act notice requirements.

Cooper v. Penske Truck Leasing, Co., Ltd. Partnership, 2015 WL 6870007 (D. Neb. 2015).  Obtained complete dismissal on summary judgment of Title VII and Nebraska Fair Employment Practices Act race discrimination claims.

Williams v. Raynor, Rensch & Pfeiffer, City of Bellevue, Nebraska, et al., 669 Fed. Appx. 340 (8th Cir. 2015), cert. denied, 137 S. Ct. 1344 (2017).  Represented local municipality on Plaintiff’s Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Fourteenth Amendment, RICO, and other state and federal law claims.  Affirmation of summary judgment on all claims.

Sanchez v. Bremer and the City of Alliance, Nebraska, 894 F. Supp. 2d 1190 (D. Neb. 2012).  Obtained complete dismissal on summary judgment of Fourth Amendment unlawful seizure and excessive force claim against a municipality.

Obtained a judgment following the trial on behalf of a property management company in a dispute against a contractor concerning breach of contract and construction defect claims.

Successfully defended multiple charges of discrimination before local, state and federal agencies resulting in No Reasonable Cause determinations.

Professional Affiliations and Community Involvement

  • Gift of Adoption Fund’s Nebraska and Iowa Chapter, founding board member
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Midlands Service League, volunteer

Practice Groups

Labor/Employment

  • Discrimination and Harassment
  • Hiring, Discipline and Discharge
  • ADA and FMLA
  • Wage and Hour
  • Non-Competes and Unfair Competition
  • Employee Handbooks and Agreements
  • Labor Law and Union Relations
  • Workplace Training

Litigation and Trial Practice

  • Civil Rights and Governmental Liability
  • Business and Commercial Law
  • Construction

Bar Admission

  • State of Nebraska
  • State of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, District of Nebraska
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals – Eighth Circuit

Education

J.D., (cum laude) Creighton University, 2011

  • Certificate in Litigation
  • Recipient of the CALI Excellence for the Future Award in Trial Practice

B.A., (magna cum laude) Creighton University, 2007

  • Bachelor of Arts in Journalism, co-major in History
  • Deans Scholar