Ryan is a litigation attorney who handles cases in state and federal courts around the country. Ryan’s litigation practice is focused in three primary areas: business litigation, insurance coverage litigation, and personal injury defense. He has recently litigated cases in Colorado, West Virginia, Louisiana, South Carolina, Florida, Missouri, Iowa, Texas and Nevada.
Ryan’s business litigation experience includes defending and prosecuting complex contract disputes, claims for breach of fiduciary duty, fraud, tortious interference, unfair competition, defamation and intellectual property infringement. He also has defended several class action claims and has experience handling claims for emergency relief.
Ryan’s insurance coverage practice involves handling disputes on behalf of domestic and international insurers providing primary and excess commercial general liability and professional liability insurance. In that regard, he has litigated a wide variety of complex and large exposure lawsuits against sophisticated insureds, including large publicly traded corporations, public entities, risk pools, and law firms. Ryan also has extensive experience handling first party claims, inclusive of claims with complex time element coverage issues. These matters have included minor property losses as well as claims with exposure in excess of $100 million involving adjustment teams, forensic accountants, and financial experts. Ryan has also successfully defended numerous claims seeking bad faith damages, including for bad faith failure to settle, and statutory penalties. In addition to insurance coverage litigation, Ryan also provides insurance coverage opinions, and, with the assistance of foreign counsel, has provided coverage advice on American claims subject to foreign laws.
Ryan also specializes in personal injury defense and has considerable experience defending products liability, premises liability, transportation liability, and construction liability claims.
In his litigation practice, Ryan has taken and defended hundreds of depositions and first-chaired several jury trials, the majority of which have ended in no liability to his clients. He also has experience handling appeals in both state and federal courts.
Super Lawyers has recognized Ryan as an Illinois Rising Star in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 based on peer recognition and professional achievement. The Super Lawyers List recognizes no more than 5% percent of attorneys in each state. Ryan was also recently named as an Emerging Lawyer by Law Bulletin Publishing Company, which is a designation awarded to only 2% of the lawyers under 40 years of age.
While in law school, Ryan externed for Judge Wayne R. Andersen (Ret.) of the Northern District of Illinois. He also served as the Notes & Comments Editor of the Chicago–Kent Law Review.
U.S. District Court, District of Colorado
U.S. District Court, C.D. Illinois
U.S. District Court, N.D. Illinois (both general and trial bar)
U.S. District Court, S.D. Illinois
U.S. Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit
Professional and Community Organizations
Illinois State Bar Association
Super Lawyers® Illinois Rising Stars 2014
Super Lawyers® Illinois Rising Stars 2015
Super Lawyers® Illinois Rising Stars 2016
Super Lawyers® Illinois Rising Stars 2017
University of Iowa, B.A., with Honors, 2001
- Recipient of the May Brodbeck Honors Award for History
Chicago-Kent College of Law, J.D., 2004
- Notes and Comments Editor, Chicago–Kent Law Review
- Merit Scholarship recipient