Following law school, Ryan began his career in Springfield, Illinois gaining valuable experience under the mentorship of a former States Attorney and the former Chief Justice of the 8th Judicial Circuit of Illinois in a fast paced practice focusing on criminal defense and civil litigation.
Ryan brings his experience to Patton & Ryan as part of a team of attorneys defending clients against catastrophic losses in the high profile cases throughout the country.
As a member of multiple Patton & Ryan trial teams, Ryan has successfully litigated numerous complex, catastrophic, high exposure tort cases in Illinois, Pennsylvania, Florida, and Nebraska.
Ryan’s recent trial team experience at Patton & Ryan involves a 3 week product liability trial, stemming from a catastrophic bus accident which left 15 dead and another 15 seriously injured. At trial, the P& R team faced unfavorable liability evidence when the Judge barred all evidence of the bus driver’s negligence. Working with a team of experts in the fields of metallurgy, bus design, accident reconstruction, human factors, and commercial fleet safety, Ryan and the Patton & Ryan trial team were able to obtain a favorable settlement on the final day of evidence that was less than half of Plaintiff’s pre-trial demand.
Ryan was also a valued member on a recent trial team in which Patton & Ryan was dropped in to defend a major beverage distributor in vehicular accident in which liability on the party of P&R’s client had been admitted by prior counsel. During trial preparations, Ryan uncovered that Plaintiff’s treating physiatrist was a friend and business associate of the Plaintiff’s son-in-law (an east coast personal injury lawyer) and that the physiatrist was not “on call” at the hospital at the time of Plaintiff’s injury, as he had testified in his deposition, but rather, was called in to treat the Plaintiff specifically at the direction of her son-in-law. This evidence exposed a massive bias on the part of the plaintiff’s key treater (who had concocted a multi-million dollar life care plan) and established that the case had been set up for litigation from the beginning. This crucial evidence helped P&R obtain a settlement on the eve of trial that was far below pre-trial demands.
Honors & Awards
Recipient of two CALI Excellence for the Future Awards while at Chicago-Kent College of Law given to the student who receives the highest award in a law school course.