Ryan D. Cunningham

Ryan D. Cunningham

Ryan Cunningham is an associate in Hopkins & Carley’s Trust & Estate Litigation Practice in the Redwood Shores office.  His practice focuses primarily on representing fiduciaries and beneficiaries in trust, probate, and civil disputes. 

Ryan has experience in all aspects of trust litigation, from early conflict avoidance through appeal and enforcement.  Recently, Ryan assisted with a four-week jury trial, obtaining favorable, “complete win” findings from the jury.  Although a litigator by nature, Ryan does not hesitate to employ interest-based negotiation, mediation, and other dispute resolution techniques to represent his clients’ interests cost effectively.

Before joining Hopkins & Carley in 2011, Ryan attended University of California, Hastings, where he graduated Order of the Coif and served as a Judicial Extern for the United States District Court, Northern District in 2010.


  • “‘I Do… Owe You What Now?’: Spousal Fiduciary Duties and Their Impact on Trust and Estate Practitioners,” California Trusts and Estates Quarterly, Vol. 22, Issue 4, 2016

Leadship San Jose, Class of 2016

  • State Bar of California (2011)
  • J.D., University of California, Hastings
  • B.A., Economics, The College of William and Mary; India Study Abroad, Economics and Sociology

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