Ryan is a trial lawyer who focuses his practice on product liability, toxic tort, environmental liability, complex commercial litigation, and catastrophic personal injury cases. His products liability experience is substantial, involving both single-plaintiff and mass tort and class action claims against manufacturers and service providers in a variety of industries, ranging from pharmaceutical companies to construction materials and equipment manufacturers. Ryan has experience defending industrial machinery (i.e. aerial work platforms, cranes, fork lift attachments and paving machines), consumer products (i.e. lamps, motorcycle gloves, roofing shingles, tables, toilets and water supply connectors), pharmaceutical products (i.e. anti-depressant medications and talcum powder), contaminants (PFAS), and asbestos (flooring materials, pool heaters, ships, and valves). He is equally skilled in defending high-value personal injury, wrongful death claims, premises liability and dram-shop actions, experience which includes defending corporate and public entity clients. Based on his ability to secure favorable outcomes at every stage of litigation, both in the trial court and at the appellate levels, Ryan is a sought-after defense counsel for clients involved in these types of disputes. In addition to his work in the courtroom, Ryan regularly counsels clients on risk avoidance and warranty compliance issues. In his complex commercial practice, Ryan has successfully handled a wide variety of disputes, including on behalf of commercial developers, appraisal providers and investment funds. The New Jersey Defense Association elected Ryan to serve on the 2018-2020 Rules term for the Model Civil Jury Charge Committee, a standing committee of the New Jersey Supreme Court which prepares and updates model civil jury charges to be useful to trial judges and litigants to instruct juries. Ryan has served as an New Jersey Defense Association (NJDA) Board Member since 2015. He is currently serving as the organization’s President for the 2021-2022 term is the Chair of the Public Relations/Social Media committee and Co-Vice Chair of the NJDA Appellate Division Committee. Committed to public service and a leader in the community, Ryan is involved in complex guardianship and estate matters in the Superior Court of New Jersey, Chancery Division, Probate Part, as a court-appointed attorney representing the interests of allegedly incapacitated persons. He additionally represents individuals seeking citizenship in the United States from KIND (Kids in Need of Defense) and abused women in domestic violence and family matters seeking protection from Partners for Women and Justice. Ryan’s extensive pro bono work has been nationally recognized by KIND twice – Ryan was named pro bono attorney of the month in 2017, and he was presented with the 2018 pro bono award. Outside the office, Ryan serves as a Board member of the Franklin Lakes School District Board of Education. He is also a Board member of CASA for Children of Essex County, which promotes the welfare of children who have been removed from their homes because of abuse, neglect or abandonment by providing a safety net of support, advocacy, and mentorship by training and supervising volunteers to advocate on their behalf in court.
Ryan Richman is a highly experienced litigator, valued by clients for his deep knowledge of New Jersey state and federal courts, his pragmatic and sound business advice, and his proven ability to favorably resolve high-stakes complex commercial, products liability, personal injury and construction related litigations.
Represented Genie Industries in a product liability suit in the District of New Jersey in which the plaintiff asserted claims of design defect and failure to warn. After granting a Daubert motion to exclude expert testimony as unreliable and inadmissible, the Court also granted a motion for summary judgment, ruling that the plaintiffs had failed to provide evidence to support their claims.
Construction equipment manufacturer—Summary judgment granted in New Jersey federal products liability action
Successfully defended a global manufacturer of lifting and material processing in federal court action brought by plaintiff seeking damages for serious injuries arising out of workplace accident. Filed winning Daubert motion to exclude plaintiff’s expert before securing summary judgment of action.
Counsel for amicus curiae, New Jersey Defense Association, in an appeal relating to a residential homeowner’s duty to maintain sidewalks abutting their property. Decter v. Hejib, Docket No. A-3073-16T3, Superior Court of New Jersey, Appellate Division (2018).
Counsel for a valuation and advisory services firm in litigation related to the failed financing and residential development of a subdivision project on a golf course in Stone Harbor, New Jersey.
Regularly represents a residential homebuilder in lawsuits related to bodily injuries allegedly suffered at residential developments and construction sites.
Co-counsel in the defense of the North American arm of a multinational lighting products manufacturer against a plaintiff’s claims that her son’s death by overdose was the result of a narcotic’s addiction he had developed as a result of being electrocuted while attempting to change a light bulb that was manufactured by our client in a warehouse. Obtained dismissal of plaintiff's survivorship claims with prejudice in New Jersey state court, as they had been filed two years after the statute of limitations had expired.
Counsel for a children’s school furniture manufacturer in litigation involving an alleged injury caused by a school lunch table. After securing an order granting summary judgment on grounds that the expert’s opinion should be excluded due to inadmissible “net opinions” regarding the alleged defect, we amicably resolved all claims.
Counsel for a foreign motorcycle equipment manufacturer in litigation involving personal injuries as a result of a motorcycle accident in Birmingham, Alabama. Filed winning motion to dismiss in New Jersey federal court on jurisdictional grounds resulting in the case being transferred to Michigan where we obtained a resolution.
Counsel for a crane component supplier in suit brought by plaintiff who claimed he suffered serious injuries when he grabbed a high-voltage power cable with his bare hands. Amicably resolved this matter on the eve of closing arguments during three-week trial.
Counsel for an international supplier of construction equipment in a case brought in the Superior Court of New Jersey, Union County, by a decedent’s estate and his spouse and children, who claimed that he died when he fell off a vibratory compactor that was defectively designed and should have contained additional safety measures (i.e., a seatbelt interlock) to prevent his death.
Successfully defended a roofing product manufacturer in a multi-million dollar action brought by two homeowners claiming significant construction and product defects in their home. Plaintiffs claimed that client’s roofing shingles were defectively designed and caused significant water damage and mold to the home. After dismissing several claims at the pleading stage, disposed of remainder of claims via successful motion for summary judgment.
Represented a German life settlement investment firm as plaintiff asserting fraud, negligent misrepresentation, breach of contract claims, and other causes of action against defendants who induced client into purchasing a multimillion dollar life insurance policy based upon false and misleading representations.
Represents clients in litigation involving exposure to asbestos from commercial and industrial products, including cosmetic talc and telecommunications equipment.
Regularly represents an elevator and escalator manufacturer in lawsuits related to bodily injuries allegedly suffered.
New Jersey Rising Star, Super Lawyers, 2016–2021
Pro Bono Award, Kids in Need of Defense (KIND), 2018
Young Lawyer of the Year, New Jersey Defense Association, 2015
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Effective Discovery and Admissibility Strategies for Social Media and Mobile Electronic Device Information
New Jersey State Bar Association
Ryan Richman Delivers Testimony at Judicial Conference
Judicial Conference on Jury Selection
Ryan Richman Receives NJSBA Pro Bono Award
New Jersey State Bar Association
McCarter Team Secures Product Liability Win
AmLaw Litigators of the Week/Law360 Pulse
McCarter Ranked Third Most Active Firm in the United States in Defending Product Liability Cases in Federal Court
Ryan Richman Reappointed to the New Jersey Supreme Court’s Model Civil Jury Charge Committee
Access to Justice: Ten Tips & Resources to Assist Immigration Attorneys
American Bar Association
Ryan Richman Joins the International Association of Defense Counsel
New Jersey Law Journal
Competence, Confidentiality, and Ethical Concerns Related to Technology and Class Actions
McCarter & English CLE Program
McCarter Named the Sole Band 1 Product Liability Practice in New Jersey
Chambers USA Guide to Leading Lawyers
9th Annual Women and the Law Seminar
New Jersey Defense Association
Ryan Richman Appointed to the New Jersey Supreme Court’s Model Civil Jury Charge Committee
What Should I Include in the Appendix? Substantive Tips and Procedural Rules to Help You Create an Effective Record on Appeal
New Jersey Defense Association
Using Video Surveillance of Plaintiff’s: Pitfalls and Practice Points
New Jersey Defense Magazine
Ethical Considerations: Using Social Media to Win Your Case and Pick Your Jury
New Jersey Defense Association's 50th Annual Convention
Ethical Considerations: Using Social Media for Advertising
New Jersey Defense Association's 49th Annual Convention