Ryan Kalamaya Trial Lawyer

Phone
970.812.3437

E-mail
ryan@kalamaya.law

Family Law & Personal Injury

Ryan Kalamaya is an award-winning trial lawyer specializing in complex divorces and catastrophic personal injuries.

Ryan is 5th-generation Coloradoan who grew up thinking he would be a professional baseball player. He was rarely the most talented on his team growing up. But Ryan worked harder than everyone else. He practiced until his hands blistered and then he practiced some more. He devoured books on hitting. He knew the pitcher was throwing a curve-ball because the pitcher held his hands differently from when the pitcher threw a fastball. Each at-bat, each game, was a physical and intellectual challenge.

Baseball is 90% mental, the other half is physical.

Yogi Berra

Ryan made it pretty far in baseball….playing in front of thousands of fans in the Atlantic Coast Conference as an outfielder for the University of Virginia. He hit a couple of game-winning home runs, but a scout for a MLB team told him, “Son, you got some talent, but you’re going to need some help to take to the next level.” Ryan knew that “help” meant steroids. Instead of cheating, Ryan retired his baseball cleats, dusted off his ski boots and bike shoes and came home to Colorado to become a lawyer.

Hitting Home Runs in the Courtroom

Baseball and practicing law have a lot in common. There is a team component — lead attorney, support group (associate attorney, paralegal, and legal assistant) and the client — and an individual competition between the opposing attorneys. Like figuring out what pitch is coming, legal strategy and attention to detail are crucial if you want to hit a home run at trial or in a settlement. Talent and experience matter, but often a game or case is won through sheer grit, determination and hard work.

Although Ryan is a skilled litigator, he is equally comfortable devising smart settlement solutions for his clients. He analyzes the facts and law to develop a custom-tailored strategic plan of action for each of his clients.

Your Story Matters

High-stakes legal negotiations and trial work was a natural transition for Ryan. But what separates Ryan from other trial lawyers is his passion and empathy for his client’s story. He recognizes that his clients are often experiencing the most stressful and unnerving times in their lives. As the managing partner of Kalamaya | Goscha and married father of two, Ryan understands the pressure of running a successful business while raising children in these historic, challenging times. He has experienced the pain and frustration of having a family member suffer from substance abuse and mental illness.

A Leader in the Community

Ryan spends a significant amount of his time helping local non-profit organizations and giving back to the community. He is the co-chair for the board of Alpine Legal Services, a legal organization ensuring access to justice for those less affluent in the Roaring Fork Valley. He also serves on the board of directors for 5Point Film, an adventure-film festival based in Carbondale. He is the past-president for the Ninth Judicial Bar Association, the local bar association for Garfield County.

Seasoned & Skilled

Ryan first cut his teeth as a deputy district attorney in Eagle County. As a lead prosecutor in Eagle County, Ryan only lost one trial in 2.5 years. After the DA’s Office, Ryan worked at Garfield & Hecht, P.C. While there, Ryan was mentored and trained by one of the best Aspen divorce lawyers for over four years.

He has taken over 75 cases to verdict, and completed several trial-advocacy programs including the American Bar Association’s Family Law Trial Advocacy Institute, National Institute for Trial Advocacy’s National Session, and the Colorado District Attorneys’ Council’s Trial Techniques School. Ryan has represented professionals, executives, athletes, Hollywood celebrities and their spouses.

Ryan’s practice primarily focuses on divorces involving estates more than $1 million, including many greater than $20 million. He is widely-recognized for his expertise in business valuations, family trusts, investment strategy and intersection of mountain real estate with divorce.

Awards & Honors

Ryan’s clients and peers respect his results in and outside of the courtroom. For six straight years, Ryan was selected to the Colorado Super Lawyers’ Rising Stars list. Less than 2.5% of attorneys under the age of 40 or with less than 10 years experience are named Rising Stars by Super Lawyers.

Ryan is also a recipient of the Clients’ Choice Award by Avvo.com for the last five years. His perfect rating of 10 out of 10 qualifies him as a “superb” attorney based on his experience, industry recognition and professional conduct. Over 70 clients and attorneys have endorsed Ryan’s work with 5-star reviews.

For the last four years, Ryan was given the Client Distinction Award by the esteemed rating company, Martindale-Hubbell. Recognized for excellence in (1) quality of service, (2) overall value, (3) responsiveness, and (4) communications ability, Ryan was rated a perfect 5 out of 5 by his clients. Less than 1% of the 900,000+ attorneys listed on martindale.com and lawyers.com have been accorded the Client Distinction Award.

More About Ryan

Ryan lives in the Roaring Fork Valley with his wife and two young children. He is an avid skier, mountain-biker and rafter. He can be frequently found driving his family around the American West in a Sprinter van looking for his next campsite, put-in or trail-head. He lived for a year in England before backpacking across the world. He has visited over 30 countries across 6 continents.

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Kalamaya | Goscha
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by Jacqueline Dayton on Kalamaya | Goscha

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."

by Anonymous on Kalamaya | Goscha

Having Ryan and his team at Kalamaya | Goscha guide me through my recent (and complex!) divorce was the best decision I made. Ryan is sharp, respected, and reliable. He kept me calm, was efficient with our time, and remained exceptionally responsive during the process. He tackled complex issues with innate curiosity, and was able to tap into his wide network of partners/experts to help dissect and add credibility to the strategy. He was quickly recommended to me amongst his lawyer peers as a trusted divorce attorney in the Carbondale and Aspen area. And I understand why. I trust him implicitly and highly recommend him and his firm. Now that I am on the other side of the divorce, I reflect on how approachable and personable his team remained. Ryan was the most helpful part of getting me to the happy place I am today.

by Richard Check on Kalamaya | Goscha

I strongly recommend using Ryan Kalamaya, managing partner of Kalamaya|Goscha as your Aspen Divorce Attorney. In fact, the entire team at Kalamaya/Goscha was involved in my divorce case so as to improve efficiency in dollars spent and prompt response and resolution to all my needs during this stressful legal process. My wife selected an another attorney in Aspen who WAS considered the go to lawyer for divorce in Aspen, and upon my research I heard that Ryan Kalamaya was a young aggressive, brilliant Aspen divorce attorney. He proved that to be true during his 7 1/2 month handling of my case. Ryan kept me calm and patient during the arduous divorce process. My case settled recently and I am extremely happy with the results. Ryan and his team, in my opinion are the "best in class" when it comes to family law and divorce cases in Aspen, Colorado and surrounding areas. I just want to mention that his billing process was way more fair than opposing attorney.

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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 Rising Star – 2014-2019 for Family and Criminal Law
  • Clients’ Choice Award by Avvo – 2013-2020
  • Client Distinction Award by Martindale-Hubbell – 2013