Ryan T.Nelson


Pittsburgh + 1.412.394.7952

Ryan Nelson represents clients in complex litigation, including nationwide tort litigation and class actions. He has experience in federal and state courts at all stages of litigation from discovery through post-trial advocacy.

Ryan has had a major role in defending the Sherwin-Williams Company in nationwide products liability and public nuisance litigation. He has experience formulating and drafting dispositive and other motions throughout a litigation's life cycle, in addition to developing the factual record with depositions of fact witnesses and preparation of experts. Ryan has also assisted in representing an international metals company and its executives in a securities class action and insider trading matter, managing the production of ESI (electronically stored information) and preparing individuals for depositions.

Ryan is also active in the Firm's pro bono Border Project, representing a client with an asylum claim. Previously, Ryan served as an adjunct professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law co-teaching a constitutional law class focusing on the First Amendment religion rights.


  • Sherwin-Williams wins precedential, en banc decision dismissing public nuisance claims involving 300,000 private propertiesJones Day client The Sherwin-Williams Company won dismissal of claims filed by two Pennsylvania counties alleging that former manufacturers of lead paint and pigments should be ordered to abate lead paint in all the pre-1978 homes within their jurisdictions.
  • Sherwin-Williams obtains favorable decision from Seventh Circuit in personal injury casesA Jones Day cross-office, cross-practice team obtained a precedential decision from the Seventh Circuit that directed judgment as a matter of law for The Sherwin-Williams Company following a consolidated trial of three personal injury plaintiffs claiming injury from their exposure to white lead carbonate pigments (WLC).