Ryan Kalamaya Trial Lawyer

Phone
970.812.3437

E-mail
ryan@kalamaya.law

Family Law & Personal Injury

If you’ve come to this page, you’ve likely heard about me from a former client or another attorney and want to know more. Welcome.

I am a 5th-generation Coloradoan who grew up in Longmont, thinking I would be a professional baseball player. I made it as far as playing in college. I got there by sending out 100s of VHS tapes (remember those?) of me hitting home runs to college recruiters. Even though a great hitter fails more than 50% of the time, I never included a clip of me striking out in those VHS tapes. Why? Everyone wants to highlight their home runs.

But life isn’t just home runs. My work inherently requires me to be involved in the most painful, stressful, and emotional situations in a person’s life. Instead of playing you the highlight reel of my life like other lawyers, I think you’ll get a better sense of who I am and whether I would be a good fit for resolving your problem by telling you about three specific instances when I experienced change.

Baseball & Depression

Baseball used to define me as a person. I led Colorado in various categories and got to play at Coors Field. I was in the news all the time. I was cocky. I was brash. And I was in for a rude awakening.

I arrived at the University of Virginia and fell flat on my face. It was the first time my batting average was lower than my GPA. After a game where I struck out four straight times, I got in my car and drove around rural Virginia. Tears welled up in my eyes as I felt sorry for myself in my vehicle. I had poured everything I had into baseball. No matter how much I worked, I knew it wasn’t enough.

After a game where I struck out 4 straight times, I got in my car and drove around rural Virginia. Eventually I found my way to a parking lot for a pretty lake among rolling hills. Tears welled up in my eyes as I sat there in my car feeling sorry for myself. I gripped the steering wheel and screamed with frustration. I had poured everything I had into baseball. The more I thought about how poorly I was playing, the worse I performed. It was a vicious cycle. No matter how much I worked, I knew it wasn’t enough. I knew my career was going to be over soon. The problem was that I had no idea who I was besides a mediocre baseball player or what was next.

I sunk into a deep depression. It was hard to get out of bed each morning. I knew my career would be over soon, but I had no idea who I was or what was next. My parents taught me never to quit anything. However, baseball, my first love in life, made me miserable. After my second year, I left the team. It was one of the best decisions of my life.

I made new friends. I traveled the world for a year. I decided to follow in my dad’s footsteps and become a lawyer.

Starting Kalamaya | Goscha

Nearly a decade later, I faced another transition when I was an associate attorney at a law firm in Aspen.

My office phone rang. It was the managing partner. “I need to see you in my office,” he said.

I walked in. I dreaded this conversation for the past few months and knew it wouldn’t be easy. There were a lot of positives about working for someone else, but I wanted more. I liked the freedom to do things differently. I wanted to be the boss and call the shots. He told me to think about whether I was in or out.

Instead of going back to my desk, I jumped on my mountain bike and thought about my situation. My wife was pregnant with our first kid. It wasn’t the optimal time for me to launch a new law firm. “Am I crazy? What if I fail?” Several days later, I walked back into the managing partner’s office and told him I was leaving to start my firm.

The following 72 hours were a whirlwind. Egos were bruised, and feelings hurt. But that’s inevitably part of the process in what was essentially a business divorce.

I’m still friends with everyone at my old firm. Time has healed any hard feelings. They do their thing; I do mine. We’re all in better places than before.

Mental Illness and Grieving

My sister suffered from mental illness for her adult life. She was bi-polar. I use the word “was” because she tragically passed away when she was 39. She struggled with substance abuse, which led to her death. Substance abuse was her way of self-medicating the mental and physical pain she dealt with daily. 

When I first got the call from a neighbor who found her, I was shocked. I knew she was struggling but was in denial about how severe her problems were in the end. She hid her drinking from everyone because she knew what a trigger was for all of us. 

I learned that grief is not linear. I felt guilty and then angry for a long time. I started feeling better with time until I randomly broke down in front of my kids. I reached a point of acceptance and forgiveness. I accepted that nothing ever stays the same. Endings are a part of life and bring new opportunities. 

I now look at my parents and kids differently. I am a better husband, father, and lawyer because of my sister’s death.

How I Can Help You

Anyone that comes to me faces a monumental transition in their life. Each person brings a story and an essential personal history when they call me. They have scars – emotional and physical – that are unique and life-changing.

Any lawyer can tell you how slick they are in the courtroom or how smart they are. We can all boast about various awards or lists we have been named to. If that’s important to you, read my reviews or compare my credentials to others.

If you want to be understood and have your story told, shoot me a message or call. I know the anxiety of starting a new chapter in your life. I know what it feels like to be depressed and overwhelmed with fear. As a married father of two, I know about the sleepless nights and stresses of being a parent. I understand the commitment, challenges, and responsibility of running your own business. I appreciate what it is like to deal with loss, grieving, and redefining who you are.


Community Service

I spend a significant amount of my time helping local non-profit organizations and giving back to the community. I am the Chairman for the Board of Directors of Alpine Legal Services, a legal organization ensuring access to justice for those less affluent in the Roaring Fork Valley.

I have served on the board of directors for 5Point Film, an adventure-film festival based in Carbondale. I was president for the Ninth Judicial Bar Association, the local bar association for Garfield County.

Thought Leadership

Along with my business partner, Amy Goscha, I host Divorce at Altitude, a weekly podcast that provides tips and tactics to navigating divorce, parenting, relationships and breakups. Episodes include conversations with experts such as CPAs, mediations, custody evaluators, and more.

More About Me

I am an avid skier, mountain-biker and rafter. I can be frequently found driving my family around the American West in a Sprinter van looking for our next campsite, put-in or trail-head.

I lived for a year in England before backpacking across the world, and have visited over 30 countries across 6 continents.

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Kalamaya | Goscha
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 84 reviews
 by John P

100% RECOMMENDED! The divorce process is truly an agonizing, mentally draining and stressful process to go through. Even more so when there are children involved. Ryan came recommended to me from multiple other attorneys. I reached out to him and I explained my case. From the original consultation throughout the whole ordeal, Ryan helped me maintain focus on what my goals were which I laid out in that initial consultation. Ryan steadfastly kept me apprised of cost / benefit analysis on every little battle. In the end I feel like I got the absolute best representation and results given my personal situation. Ryan got me more time with my children than my wife was willing to give me. He also saved me an absolute a lot of money. Ryan’s complete knowledge of caselaw and all the procedures associated with family law was incredible. On multiple occasions he had to correct and educate my ex-wife’s attorney. I would reccomend Kalamaya | Goscha without hesitation nor reservation to anyone seeking the absolute best representation in their divorce.

 by Shelly Sager







I had the pleasure of working with Ryan Kalamaya, who represented one of my clients in his divorce proceedings. I found Ryan extremely knowledgeable on Colorado domestic relations law as well as rules and procedures associated with litigation. He grasped very complex monetary issues easily, developed well-reasoned and well-written settlement proposals and ultimately drafted and negotiated both a Memorandum of Understanding and Marital Settlement Agreement. We then participated in an Arbitration subsequent to the divorce being finalized and skillfully conducted both direct and cross examination of expert witnesses, which resulted in a victory for my client. Ryan has the personality and legal knowledge to handle difficult clients and aggressive opposing counsel. I highly recommend him to handle family law matters that involve high net worth clients especially those whose financial affairs are complicated, contain hard to value assets and/or have assets across numerous asset classes.




 by Jacqueline Dayton

I highly recommend Ryan and his team and feel that I got the both best lawyer and outcome possible from a complex, high stress divorce. Ryan and his firm were in my corner every step of the way. I came to Ryan in a potentially bad situation for me and my children. His expertise and skills protected me and got me into a good situation for years to come. He is an upmost expert in his field, trustworthy, respectful of time and highly responsive. I couldn't be more thankful for having Ryan and his team during this difficult time."

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Practice Areas
Education
  • University of Colorado Law School
    • J.D. in 2007
    • Class President
    • Graduated in top 25% of class
    • CU Law School Honor Council
  • University of Virginia
    • B.A. with Highest Distinction in 2007
    • Starting Outfielder – Varsity Baseball
    • All-ACC Academic Team
    • United Kingdom Fellow
Affiliations
  • Pitkin County Bar Association
  • 9th JD Bar Association
  • Colorado Trial Lawyer’s Association
  • Colorado Bar Association, Family Law & Criminal Law Sections, Member
  • American Bar Association, Section on Family Law, Member
Honors and Awards
  • Colorado Super Lawyers – 2022
  • Colorado Super Lawyers Rising Star – 2014-2019 for Family and Criminal Law
  • Clients’ Choice Award by Avvo – 2013-2022
  • Client Distinction Award by Martindale-Hubbell – 2013
Publications & Presentations

Presentations

  • Litigation Tactics for CFIs & PREs – 2021 Family Law Institute
  • Virtual Town Hall with 5th Judicial District Bench – March 2020
  • Shadow & Rebuttal Experts – 2020 Family Law Institute
  • Practical Steps in Investigating Criminal Cases – Summit County Sheriff’s Office in December 2009

Publications