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Ryan C. Holsten


Location: Lincoln, NE
Contact Me: 402-476-4400


Ryan C. Holsten is a native Nebraskan and graduate of the University of Nebraska at Kearney and the University of Nebraska College of Law. Mr. Holsten is President of Atwood Law, P.C., L.L.O. and has over 20 years' experience litigating workers' compensation claims, representing insurance companies, employers and employees. While primarily active in the Nebraska Workers' Compensation Court, Mr. Holsten has also been successful at the appellate level in the Nebraska Court of Appeals and Nebraska Supreme Court. Mr. Holsten is also a Nebraska certified mediator.

Mr. Holsten is Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rated © as, "An exemplary reputation and well established practice. A typical lawyer is in mid-career, with a significant client base and high professional standing."

Mr. Holsten is a current or past member of the Nebraska State Bar Association, Chair of the Workers' Compensation Section of the Nebraska Bar Association, the Lincoln Bar Association, the American Bar Association and the Nebraska Association of Trial Attorneys. He is licensed to practice before the state and federal courts in Nebraska as well as the United States Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals. Mr. Holsten has chaired and lectured at numerous educational seminars in the areas of workers' compensation. Mr. Holsten currently sits on the Judicial Nominating Commission for the Nebraska Workers' Compensation Court.


I was very pleased with the way I was treated. Both Ryan and Deanna were polite whenever I called with questions. I feel that every question I had was answered professionally politely and legally. I was not happy with the lawyers for my employer and mainly because I lived in California for so long, I was surprised at the laws of Nebraska. I was not happy with the results but legally everything was done that could be. Once again, I am pleased with the way you handled my case and I would be happy to recommend you to anyone who wanted a good lawyer.

- Bill

Ryan was nice enough to take time to answer any and all questions I had. He was available to meet with me personally and to discuss my questions on the telephone. He was very professional. I was very upset and mad and he put me at ease. He cared very much for me as a person and he was truly interested in what was in my best interest. The staff who interacted with me was very helpful. I would recommend Ryan to any family member and all of my friends or any family member's friends in a heart beat. I was very pleased with the outcome of my case.

- Barb

I was injured at work and spoke to a good friend of mine who Ryan had previously represented in a workers' compensation case. Her husband was killed in an auto accident on his way to a doctor appointment. She said he was awesome and to give him a call... Whenever I had questions he was always just a phone call away. He or his paralegal Deanna always got back to me within the day. We also did lots of e-mailing, which was a great way to correspond also. No matter where Ryan was or what he was doing he always got right back to us or had Deanna. Deanna is his paralegal, she was also awesome....If it had not been for Ryan and Deanna and all their hard work in corresponding with doctors, clinics, hospitals and whoever else involved, I would not have won my case. They did a very professional job and couldn't have done it without them....Now that my case is done they are still there for me to talk to, if I have any questions. They are like a part of my family and would recommend them most definitely to anyone. Ryan and Deanna you are Awesome! Number 1 in my book. Love you guys.

- Annette

Even though I was a small case, Ryan treated me as he would anyone; extremely patient and warm. The word Personable is often overused but it best describes him as he listened well and took the time to explain what was going on. He gave me wise guidance on how to approach each situation that was presented to me.

He was also quick to communicate with me when new information about my case came up and tried resolving the case as quickly as he possibly could. If it wasn't for Ryan, the matter would've most likely took twice as long to resolve. I'm so grateful that I had him representing me!

- Joy!


  • University of Nebraska College of Law, Lincoln, Nebraska
  • University of Nebraska, Kearney

Bar Admissions

  • Nebraska
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit

Professional Associations

  • Nebraska State Bar Association, Past Member
  • Nebraska State Bar Association Workers’ Compensation Section, Chair
  • Lincoln Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Nebraska Association of Trial Attorneys

Practice Areas

  • Workers’ Compensation


  • Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rated © as, “An exemplary reputation and well established practice. A typical lawyer is in mid-career, with a significant client base and high professional standing”
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What Our Clients Say

The lawyers and support staff at Atwood Law Firm showed me sincere interest and caring on a very personal level, and I knew at all times my interests were front and center in all aspects of my workers' compensation case. This office is staffed by a great group of people. You can relax and be assured that your welfare comes first and foremost in their decisions and actions with respect to your legal case. You are kept aware of the process and progress in your case at all times, and your input is welcomed. I highly recommend the Atwood Law Firm to anyone needing legal assistance.

- WN

I cannot thank you enough for the peace of mind you have brought to my family! Both of my parents are extremely grateful for your work. I knew we were in good hands from the first meeting and you have exceeded all my expectations! It may feel straightforward to you, but to us, you have moved mountains. This settlement will allow my parents, particularly my Dad, to enjoy the rest of their lives to the fullest of their abilities. We all agree that we would give every cent back and more for my Dad to walk again, but that is not going to happen...

- DW

"...He didn't treat me like I was one of 100 clients. He treated me like I was his only client. He acted professionally but with empathy, dignity and friendliness. It didn't matter if it was something small or large, he was always there for me, be it by phone, fax, email, cellphone or meeting me personally at his office or elsewhere. He never rushed me when I didn't understand something, he'd take as much time as needed to explain things to me, especially when it came time for my deposition and in preparation for trial. He was there for me when I truly needed his help..."

- CG

"...My husband and I felt his kindness immediately and were both very impressed with his knowledge of what to expect in a wrongful death case. He pursued our claim in an aggressive manner while at the same time being very protective of our rights and privacy and sheltered us from any unnecessary contact with insurance agents, or any other adverse parties. My husband and I cannot say enough about the kindness, professionalism and legal ability demonstrated by Atwood Law"

- RD

"...If it were not for this law firm all I would have received from this injury would have been a loss of income check and a pat on the back, goodbye. Which only would have been a fraction of what I actually received. He was always professional but more importantly he cared about me and my family as people not just a client. He went beyond his role as my lawyer. He even spoke with my bank and explained why I was behind on my car payment. And this saved me getting my car repossessed..."

- HR

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