Attorney Ryan K. Kauffman - Fraser Trebilcock...

Ryan K. Kauffman

Shareholder, Firm Secretary / Lansing


  • Western Michigan University Cooley Law School (J.D., summa cum laude, 2003)
  • Michigan State University (B.S., 1993)

Bar & Court Admissions

  • State Bar of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Michigan
  • U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals

Ryan K. Kauffman is a Shareholder at Fraser Trebilcock and Chair of the firm's Higher Education industry group. He was elected to Fraser Trebilcock's Board of Directors, currently serving as Firm Secretary. With nearly twenty years of experience handling a variety of complex legal matters, Ryan primarily focuses his practice areas to representing colleges and universities, employment law, and insurance defense.

When he is outside of the court room, Ryan routinely lends his legal prowess to multiple legal publications such as Law & Business Report and Ingham County Legal News. He is involved in various associations including the Community Economic Development Association of Michigan. His talent has not gone unnoticed as he continues to add honors and distinctions to his repertoire including the James E. Burns Memorial Award. 

Professional Associations
  • American Bar Association
  • State Bar of Michigan
    • Litigation Section
    • Real Property Law Section
  • Ingham County Bar Association
  • Community Economic Development Association of Michigan
Honors & Distinctions
  • James E. Burns Memorial Award
  • Regional Winner, National Appellate Advocacy Competition
  • American Jurisprudence Award: Real Property, Zoning and Land Use, Secured Transactions, Constitutional Law, Federal Taxation, Sales & Negotiable Instruments, Administrative Law
  • James Tuck Scholarship awarded for Academic Excellence
Publications & Presentations
  • "Michigan Appeals Court Rules Pre-Injury Parental Waivers Invalid," Ingham County Legal News Briefs (November 2008)
  • "What to Do When Your Customer Becomes Insolvent," Law & Business Report, (April 2007)
  • "The Solution to Your Dispute With Your Utility Company May be One Phone Call Away," Greater Lansing Business Monthly (May 2005)
  • “Cunningham v Fleetwood Homes; Will Consumers be Required to Arbitrate their Magnuson-Moss Claims?”, Thomas M. Cooley Law Review (Spring, 2003)
Testimonials & Client Matters

"Let me give a most heart-felt thank you for all your hard work and diligence. I doubt we could have been treated any better or more fairly. I believe we were victims of an insurance scam, one that failed. BUT if it were not for attorneys Gary Rogers, Ryan Kauffman, and Emily Vanderlaan... It’s only because you folks stuck with it and stuck by us that we were successful. There is a time to stand up for what’s right and you all certainly did that." - Client, Insurance Industry

"Thank you so much for finally giving me the satisfaction of seeing in print (finally) the reasons why I’m innocent and why the whole damn thing should be thrown out." - Client, Insurance Industry