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Colleen Ryf, Esq.


Practice Areas

  • Tobacco Liability
  • Mass Torts
  • Products Liability
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Nursing Home Negligence
  • Title IX Sex-based Discrimination (School)


  • Washington, D.C.; Maryland; United States District Court for the District of Columbia

Awards & Recognitions

  • Recognized by MVLS for successful pro bono work on behalf of teen fathers’ rights
  • Prepared research introduced before the U.S. Congress
  • Prepared research and briefing introduced before the Maryland Legislature

Education & Honors

  • U. Maryland (J.D.); Barry University (M.S.W.); Florida Atlantic University (B.S. Special Education)
  • U. Maryland Journal of Health Care and Public Policy


  • Maryland State Bar Association; American Bar Association; Autism Speaks (volunteer/advocate)

Colleen is an experienced litigator, who joins Bernheim Kelley after working for many years with the internationally recognized law firm, Hausfeld. Colleen’s practice focuses on individuals harmed by dangerous drugs, medical devices, and other defective products. Colleen is based in the Washington DC-Metro area.

Colleen prosecutes individual and complex lawsuits in both state and federal courts throughout the United States.  Various national leadership teams have selected Colleen to join law and briefing committees, including those for:  In re Talcum Powder Products Liability Litigation (D.N.J.); In re Zantac (Ranitidine) Products Liability Litigation (S.D. Fla.); and Gilead Tenofovir Cases (Ca. Super. Ct.). Colleen also successfully assisted in defending expert challenges in In re Bard IVC Filters Products Liability Litigation (D.Ariz.) and In re Bair Hugger Forced Air Warming Devices Products Liability Litigation (D. Minn.).

In addition to law and briefing, MDL leadership teams rely on Colleen for legal and fact research related to other case development and committee work. Colleen has been an integral member of the TDF Narrative Committee and the Zantac Daubert teams. Additionally, Colleen has been recognized for her complex deposition work involving industry scientists.

Colleen also has successfully appealed claims on behalf of NFL players, who suffered pervasive injuries resulting from football-related concussions.

Colleen currently litigates Tobacco claims in Massachusetts. Colleen has achieved as much $200 million on behalf of a single family, who lost their loved one to cigarette-related lung cancer caused by the tobacco industry’s malicious conduct.

Colleen is licensed to practice law in Maryland, Washington, D.C., and the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. She is also admitted pro hac vice in the continuing Massachusetts Tobacco litigations.

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