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Bridget O'Ryan

Bridget O'Ryan

O'Ryan Law Firm
  • Insurance Claims
  • Florida, Indiana
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Bridget is an exceptional lawyer and has extensive experience and knowledge in ERISA and insurance litigation.
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Summary

Immediately out of law school, Bridget worked for a consumer protection agency for the State of Florida. After moving back to the Midwest, she then began working for a large insurance company. After opening her own firm, she started receiving insurance claim denials that were mostly governed by ERISA (because most people get their insurance coverage through their employer). It was apparent at that time that this area of law was heavily slanted in favor of the insurance companies.

Bridget enjoys helping individuals who are in very vulnerable circumstances, especially if they have become disabled and are seeking short term or long term disability benefits. These clients are in the worst situation: their health is failing, they have lost their job, they have lost their paycheck and the disability insurance company refuses to live up to the agreement they made to provide income replacement benefits when someone becomes ill or injured. The insurance companies, especially Cigna, Lincoln, Prudential, and Unum, are very aggressive in finding ways to deny these claims so it is very rewarding to represent individuals who are at a disadvantage, because of their serious medical conditions and lack of income, against these large insurance companies.

Bridget was born in Kittery, Maine. Her parents are originally from Michigan but because her father was in the Navy and stationed on the first nuclear powered submarine, the Nautilus, her family ended up on the east coast. Her family later moved back to Kalamazoo, Michigan, where she grew up.

Bridget attended Michigan State University and later graduated from Florida State University College of Law. Early in her legal career, Bridget worked for a large insurance company for almost three years. From this experience, Bridget is very knowledgeable about the tactics and methodology of insurance companies in denying claims. When not battling insurance companies, Bridget enjoys being outdoors walking, biking, and kayaking.

Practice Area
  • Insurance Claims
Additional Practice Areas
  • Long Term Care Benefit Claims
  • Life Insurance Claims
  • Medical Claims
  • Long Term Disability Claims
Fees
  • Free Consultation
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Florida
Indiana
Indiana Supreme Court
7th Circuit
U.S. District Court Northern District of Indiana
U.S. District Court Southern District of Indiana
Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Education
Florida State University College of Law
J.D. (1990)
Honors: With Honors
Michigan State University
B.A. (1987) | Business Administration
Professional Associations
American Association for Justice
Member
Current
Indiana Trial Lawyers Association
Member
Current
United States District Court, Southern District of Indiana - Local Rules Advisory Committee
Member
Current
Speaking Engagements
Recent Developments in ERISA Litigation, Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum
Judicial Review of Administrative Claims Decisions, ISBA ERISA Seminar
Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance Revisited, 38th Annual ABA TIPS Midwinter Benefits Seminar
The Impact of Surveillance and Social Media on Disability Claims, 39th Annual American Bar Association TIPS Mid-Winter Conference
Employee Benefits Litigation, Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum
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Contact & Map
O'Ryan Law Firm
1901 Broad Ripple Ave
Indianapolis, IN 46220
USA
Toll-Free: (855) 778-5055
Telephone: (317) 255-7010
Fax: (317) 255-1006