Ryan KalamayaTrial Lawyer

My Story

I grew up in Longmont, Colorado. Although I started skiing at an early age, my childhood passion was baseball. I was rarely the most talented on my team growing up. But I worked harder than everyone else. I studied the game – I devoured books on hitting, cracked the other team’s signals, and knew the pitcher was throwing a curveball because he held his hands differently from when he threw a fastball. Each at-bat, each game, was a physical and intellectual challenge.

In high school I convinced my parents to let me build a batting cage in our gravel driveway. I woke up early to take batting practice before school and would put on winter gloves to hit when it was snowing in January. I loved everything about baseball. I loved the games within the game, the singular competition of a pitcher versus a batter while remaining a team sport, and the numerous games that inevitably led up to one series, game or play that determined whether the season was a success or not. My goal was to play at a Division I college.

My hard work and dedication paid off. I led Colorado in total bases my senior year and set the Longmont High School record for RBIs. Ultimately, I was offered a scholarship to play baseball at the University of Virginia. In my first year at UVa, I hit two of the most dramatic home runs in school history.

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. Talent and experience matter, but often times a game or case is won through sheer grit, determination and hard work.

Instead of waking up early to hit in the batting cage, I now typically find myself making a cup of coffee before 5 am and quietly thinking about a case for a few hours before my wife and two young kids wake up in the morning. When I played baseball, I loved hearing the roar of the crowd when I hit a home run. As a lawyer, I love hearing the praise from my clients when I move mountains for them.