Attorney Ryan Bliss
To me, being a truly good lawyer means striking the perfect balance of compassion, knowledge, and creativity. It’s something I strive for every day.
In 2010, Ryan Bliss found himself staring out the window of a dreary corporate office building trying to remember why he went to law school in the first place. Ryan had recently taken a job with a large insurance defense firm in Raleigh, NC. His days consisted of filing briefs and arguing motions on behalf of employers and insurance company representatives, most of whom he would never meet in person. When an assignment came across Ryan’s desk requiring him to argue a case against a former North Carolina public school teacher, he knew it was time for a change.
Ryan grew up in a small suburb of Syracuse, New York. His father worked for a large tool company while his mother spent over 20 years in the public school system as a teacher and librarian. Throughout his childhood, Ryan’s parents stressed the importance of hard work, perseverance, and most of all giving back to the community. Ryan took those life lessons to heart.
Ryan attended North Carolina State University and graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in English a concentration in writing. During college, he reached out to a local civil rights organization, the North Carolina Advocates for Justice, who invited him to join their cause as an intern. Over the next three years, the Advocates introduced Ryan to hundreds of plaintiff’s attorneys throughout the state who showed him just how much of a positive impact an effective lawyer can have on an individual’s life. Ryan was hooked. He could finally see that a career in the law was the perfect way to help those less fortunate and give back to his community.
After earning his Juris Doctor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Ryan eventually found himself in that dreary corporate office building wondering how he could possibly tell his mom about the upcoming case against one of her former colleagues. It wasn’t something he was prepared to do. So he decided to find a new career path; one that allowed him to fight for injured workers, not against them.
Shortly thereafter, Ryan found a home as a workers’ compensation attorney at the law offices of James Scott Farrin. Today, he is a shareholder of the firm and a as a North Carolina Board Certified Specialist in workers’ compensation law (one of only 148* in North Carolina), Ryan now spends his days protecting the rights of injured workers throughout the state. Ryan’s efforts have earned him the designation of “Rising Star”** in the area of workers’ compensation law for 2018 from NC Super Lawyers Magazine.
When Ryan is not at work, he enjoys spending time with his family in Cary, NC. He participates in community theater as much as possible and writes and illustrates children’s books in his spare time.
University of North Carolina School of Law
Chapel Hill, NC
North Carolina State University
2005 B.A. in English, magna cum laude
Specialization: Workers' Compensation
Board of Legal Specialization, North Carolina State Bar
- North Carolina State Bar
- North Carolina Bar Association
- Durham County Bar Association
- North Carolina Advocates for Justice, 2018 Workers’ Comp Communications Chair
* Figure provided by the N.C. State Bar as of December 31, 2017.
** To be eligible for inclusion in “Rising Stars,” a candidate must be either 40 years old or younger or in practice for 10 years or less. Rising Stars undergo a rigorous, multiphase process which combines peer nominations with third-party research. Each candidate is evaluated on 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement. Selections are made annually on a state by state basis. While up to 5% of the lawyers in any state are named "Super Lawyers," by Super Lawyers magazine, no more than 2.5% are named to the Rising Stars list. For more information on the rules of inclusion visit www.superlawyers.com.