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Ryan W. Anderson

Ryan W. Anderson is a shareholder with Guttilla Murphy Anderson and practices in the areas of commercial litigation, corporate transactions, receiverships, liquor licensing and bankruptcy.

Education Background

Mr. Anderson received his B.A. from the University of Arizona in 1998 with a double major in History and Political Science. He earned his J.D. from Southwestern University School of Law in 2001.


State Bar of Arizona, 2001
State Bar of California, 2003
United States District Court for the District of Arizona, 2001
United States District Court for the Central District of California, 2003
United States District Court for the Eastern District of California, 2005
United States District Court for the Southern District of California, 2005
United States District Court for the Northern District of California, 2005
United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, 2006

Notable Representations

  • Represented a federal court Receiver in a civil action against multiple defendants seeking the recovery of commissions paid to sales agents of a Ponzi investment scheme. After a seven day trial, the jury returned multiple verdicts in favor the Receiver. During the course of the litigation, over $1 million dollars was recovered for the Receivership Estate. The jury verdict was affirmed on appeal to the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
  • Represented first Receiver appointed by the Arizona State Board of Education in a receivership of an Arizona school district. Mr. Anderson advised the Receiver in all aspects of receivership operations including the investigation of multiple allegations of financial mismanagement at the Colorado City Unified School District. In 2009, upon the recommendation of the Receiver, the State Board of Education removed Colorado City Unified School District No. 14 from receivership after the school district was determined to have been successfully rehabilitated.
  • Represented a court-appointed Receiver in civil litigation against a credit card merchant processor and its CEO. The Receiver alleged that defendants orchestrated a pattern of unlawful activity surrounding the processing of credit card charges by a company selling nutritional supplements. The lawsuit resulted in a settlement in excess of $1 million dollars for the receivership.
  • Represented a court appointed Receiver in the administration of a $50 million dollar Ponzi scheme arising from the sale of unregistered securities. Mr. Anderson represented the Receiver in all aspects of the receivership case from litigation against investors who profited from the Ponzi scheme to administration of the claims process.
  • Represented three of the largest U.S. based multi-family apartment management companies in more than 30 receiverships of multi-family apartments initiated by secured lenders including Bank of America, Wells Fargo and Fannie Mae.
  • Represented a non-profit corporation in litigation against a former executive director for embezzlement of over $200,000.00 that occurred over a five year period. After the non-profit recovered the majority of the funds that were embezzled, the former executive director was successfully criminally prosecuted.
  • Successfully defended an owner of a restaurant chain in criminal proceedings arising from allegations of violations of Arizona liquor laws. The case resulted in a complete dismissal of all criminal charges.

Reported Decisions

Warfield vs. Alaniz, 569 F.3d 1015 (9th Cir. 2009)
Warfield vs. Alaniz, 453 F. Supp. 2d 1118 (D. Ariz. 2006)
Warfield vs. Gardner, 346 F. Supp. 2d 1033 (D. Ariz. 2004)


Ryan W. Anderson, Esq.