Solving problems comes naturally to Ryan Linn. Long before his formal legal career began, he practiced his arguments on his older sisters—who knew early on that he was destined to become an effective lawyer. Today, Ryan uses these skills to represent businesses, individuals, and families in resolving civil litigation, real estate, oil and gas, and probate disputes, as well as in transacting real estate, business, and estate planning matters.
With nearly a decade of experience practicing law in Ohio, Ryan is an effective counselor and dedicated advocate for his clients. His ability to manage risk-versus-reward in high-stakes litigation and willingness to put himself in the client’s shoes before offering advice and counsel in transactions is highly valued. Not only does he understand the emotional toll for most people when dealing with legal issues and courts, he remains mindful of the financial expense and employs efficiencies without compromising outcomes.
Whether deeding a property to a child in an estate plan or drafting a non-compete agreement for a business, Ryan’s goal is always to get the best result for his client while balancing all their interests. He believes that helping a client in a way that makes using an attorney a positive experience is the greatest reward for his efforts.
A HARD DAY’S WORK
Before Ryan knew he’d be helping people navigate real estate, business, and property law, he was developing the work ethic needed to help his future clients succeed. He credits his early experience, working summers with his dad’s survey crew at Linn Engineering, for teaching him the value of “a hard day’s work.” That has certainly paid off for his clients.
In a hard-won property case that threatened a family farm, Ryan successfully argued—from the trial court through to the Ohio Supreme Court—that an alleged easement, which would have allowed a two-lane driveway through the middle of the farm, did not appear in title documents and that facts supported the owners had only granted prior use-by-permission, not by deed.
In another type of property dispute, Ryan has successfully represented numerous severed mineral interest holders across Southeastern Ohio in quiet title actions by surface owners. He has been involved in multi-faceted litigation throughout all levels of Ohio courts, arguing cases under the Ohio Dormant Mineral Act (DMA) as the exclusive remedy for quieting title to oil and gas interests and for establishing the required due diligence under the DMA.
Further, in both trial and appellate courts, Ryan has been instrumental in defending oil and gas operators against attempts by landowners to cancel leases for lack of production. Conversely, he has also helped landowners in negotiations with oil and gas and pipeline companies.
Additionally, Ryan works with individuals and companies to buy and sell property; form, sell, merge, or acquire businesses; draft essential contracts, agreements, and forms; and help families plan their estates and protect their assets for heirs.
IN THE COMMUNITY
A graduate of West Muskingum High School, Ryan earned his Bachelor of Science degree in economics from Denison University and his Juris Doctorate from the University of Toledo College of Law. He is a member of the Muskingum County Bar Association and the Ohio State Bar Association.
Outside his legal practice, Ryan serves as a board member and treasurer of the United Way of Muskingum, Perry, and Morgan counties, and sits on the boards of directors for the Zanesville Goodwill Welfare Organization and the Abbot Home and Abbot Senior Living.
“Graham & Graham has a long history of skillfully serving the legal needs of our community with honesty and compassion,” says Ryan. “The firm is quite unique, because it is a small-town law firm that can produce big-city results for its clients. That legacy is something I’m proud to be a part of.”
Ryan proudly lives in Zanesville with his wife Sarah, their daughter Cecilia “Cece”, and dog Nora.