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 the area of environmental law, Ryan is part of a team defending claims and challenges involving the newly emerging contaminant PFAS, including day to day management and oversight of local counsel throughout the country.
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.