Attorney Ryan M. Paulus


  • Position: Principal
  • Phone: (816) 581-4040
  • Fax: (816) 741-8889
  • E-mail: r.paulus@cornerstonefirm.com


  • University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law, J.D., 2007
  • University of Northern Iowa, B.A., 2004

Bar Admissions

  • Missouri
  • Kansas
  • District of Nebraska
  • Eastern District of Michigan
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
  • United States District Court for the District of Kansas
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri

Working to protect the civil rights of individuals, Ryan M. Paulus represents clients in a variety of contexts, including discrimination, retaliation, harassment, whistleblower, consumer rights, personal injury, severance, and wage and hour disputes.

Ryans confidence, perseverance, and attention to detail are invaluable to furthering his clients cause. Handling both large class actions and individual matters throughout his career, Ryan has developed a record of success in significant and complex litigation.

Ryan is also a combat veteran who served with distinction in Afghanistan as a SAPPER Company Operations Officer, earning both the Bronze Star Medal and the Combat Action Badge before resigning from the military at the rank of Captain.

Awards and Recognitions

  • Avvo: “10.0 Superb”
  • Kansas City Business Journal: “Best of the Bar”
  • Missouri Lawyers Weekly: “Largest Reported Plaintiff Verdicts/Settlements”
  • Super Lawyers Magazine: “Missouri & Kansas Rising Stars”
  • The National Trial Lawyers: “Top 40 under 40”
  • The National Trial Lawyers: “Top 100”
  • U.S. News – Best Lawyers: “Best Law Firms”
  • Super Lawyer for Missouri and Kansas by Super Lawyers Magazine


  • National Employment Lawyers Association Member
  • National Employment Lawyers Association Kansas City Chapter Member
  • Missouri State Bar Association Member
  • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association Member
  • Clay County Bar Association Member
  • Platte County Bar Association Member
  • Veterans of Foreign Wars member