Guiding Clients Through The Civil Litigation Process

Ryan T. Knopf

Ryan T. Knopf

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Practice Areas:

  • Appellate Advocacy
  • Arson and Fraud Litigation
  • Assault and Battery
  • Bad Faith Insurance
  • Building Collapses
  • Civil Litigation
  • Construction Law
  • Contracts
  • Environmental
  • Insurance Law and Coverage
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents
  • Personal Injury
  • Premises Liability
  • Products Liability
  • Property Damage
  • Serious and Catastrophic Bodily Injury
  • Subrogation
  • Toxic Torts
  • Wrongful Death


From an early age, Ryan knew he wanted to be a lawyer to help people in their time of need.

Born and raised in St. Louis, Ryan attended the University of Missouri School of Law and returned to St. Louis after graduation.

Ryan has been practicing law at Cockerham & Associates for over 11 years and has extensive experience handling all types of litigation. He is driven to provide quality legal representation to his clients and is a passionate advocate. Ryan strives to produce quality outcomes and prides himself on navigating complex legal issues in order to assist his clients. Ryan has been co-counsel on multi-million dollar cases in Missouri State and Federal Court, and handled appeals in the Missouri Courts of Appeals, the Eighth Circuit and the Seventh Circuit. He considers it an honor and a privilege to be a lawyer and to be responsible for assisting those in need.

Ryan and his wife, Emily, live in Ballwin, with their two daughters. Outside of work, Ryan enjoys spending time with his family, golfing and attending Cardinals, Blues and Mizzou games.


  • University of Missouri School of Law
    • J.D.
    • Honors: Dean's List
  • University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri
    • B.A. - 2008
    • Honors: summa cum laude
    • Honors: Dean's List
    • Honors: With High Honors
    • Major: Political Science and Philosophy

Bar Admissions

  • Missouri, 2011
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit, 2023
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Missouri, 2012
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Missouri, 2012
  • U.S. District Court District of Kansas, 2014

Representative Cases

  • CM Vantage Specialty Ins. Co. v. Nephrite Fund I, LLC d/b/a Amber Glen Apartments, 2020 WL 805848, E. D. Mo., 4:18-cv-1749-JMB
  • Concord Baptist Church of Jefferson City, Inc. v. Church Mutual Insurance Company, 2021 WL 6095643, W.D. Mo., 2:21-cv-04046-WJE
  • Amica Mutual Insurance Company v. D.B., Personal Representative of the Estate of M.R., et al., 2017 WL 4475970, E. D. Mo., 4:16-cv-1403-CDP
  • Federated Mutual Insurance Company v. Moody Station and Grocery and The Big Store, 821 F.3d 973, 8th Circuit, 14-3847
  • State Auto Property & Casualty Insurance Company v. Furniture Deals, LLC, et al., 2013 WL 12143975, W.D. Mo., 11-1206-CV-W-SOW


  • Top Defense Verdicts


  • Phi Beta Kappa

Professional Associations

  • Missouri Bar Association, 2011 to Present
  • Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, 2011 to Present