J. Ryan Heiskell has years of first-hand knowledge and experience with the law and particularly with products liability, personal injury, inverse condemnation, trespass and environmental litigation.

During the course of two years of discovery battles, millions of pages of document production and countless hours of legal research, Ryan decided he didn’t want to go to medical school any longer; he wanted to be a trial lawyer. That case was Huber v. Ford and was tried by Cam Lewis and Hike Heiskell to a multi-million dollar Plaintiffs’ verdict. While in law school at the Ohio Northern University of Law, Ryan also helped Mr. J. Edward Bell prepare and try Watson v. Ford, which was also tried to a verdict and award of $18 Million Dollars.

Since then, Ryan and his family (wife and 3 sons) moved to and have continued to live in South Carolina, where he enjoys his role in a prominent plaintiffs’ law firm (Bell Legal Group, LLC) and as the leader of the firm’s automotive safety/ product liability and environmental litigation divisions. He has managed cases across the Country against Ford, GM, Chrysler, Toyota, Kia, and Nissan, which involve defects in the following areas: sudden acceleration, handling and stability, roof crush, general occupant protection, seatbelt spool-out and inertial buckle unlatch, door latch/lock mechanism, seatback failure, seat-track failure, folding seat release mechanism failure, airbags, window glazing, park-to-reverse, brake system failures, warnings, general malfunction, and speed control deactivation switch fires.

In addition to those types of cases, Ryan has also represented WV landowners in a class-action battle against a multi-billion dollar TX oil company for its alleged fraudulent behavior associated with acquiring mineral rights in WV, which resulted in a settlement, and counsel-of-record in three class action lawsuits against paper companies for the harm their emissions have caused to neighboring communities. Ryan has worked for 16 years as a lead lawyer in the Camp Lejeune Litigation, representing thousands of veterans and their families injured by contaminated water on the base.

Ryan is licensed in South Carolina and the District of Columbia.

Areas of Practice

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Licensed in South Carolina
  • Licensed in the District of Columbia

Publications & Recognitions


  • DePaul University, 1999
  • Ohio Northern University, Claude W Pettit College of Law, 2007

Professional Associations & Memberships

  • South Carolina Bar Association and U.S. District of South Carolina, 2007
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York, 2008; 
  • District of Columbia Superior Court, 2012 
  • District of Columbia Court of Appeals, 2012 
  • Member of the South Carolina Bar Association
  • The Georgetown Bar Association
  • The American Bar Association
  • The South Carolina Association for Justice

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Georgetown, SC 29440
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Raleigh, NC 27607
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