The real secret to Ryan’s success as a public servant and as a corporate litigator is that he’s empathetic, perceptive, and extraordinarily good at reading people and gaining their respect and trust. And that matters, because no matter how technically complex or challenging a legal case may be, it always comes down to the character and qualities of the people involved.
An able and persuasive advocate, Ryan knows when to hold forth and when to hold back. And, although he’s a man of deep compassion and optimistic outlook, he’s not easily intimidated. His results speak for themselves: during the six years he served as Assistant United States Attorney, he was undefeated in every one of the 12 significant criminal trials where he served as lead counsel or co-lead counsel.
As a federal prosecutor, he conducted numerous fraud investigations that charged bank, wire, mortgage and tax fraud, as well as identity theft, medicare and healthcare fraud, cybersecurity, and money laundering. In addition, he led multi-defendant investigations that led to convictions for racketeering, terrorism, and violent crime.
Prior to his career in the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Ryan practiced at a large international law firm, where he served clients engaged in complex commercial litigation. He also represented clients in white collar antitrust matters before the U.S. Department of Justice, the European Union, and various regulatory agencies worldwide, as well as in follow-on multidistrict class action litigation.
Since returning to private practice, he has represented companies and individuals before the U.S. Department of Justice, various state attorneys general, and the Securities and Exchange Commission, in cases involving securities fraud, criminal antitrust, corporate embezzlement and theft, medicare fraud and anti-kickback, bid-rigging, and public corruption. He has defended Fortune 500 companies in national class action litigations, and serves as outside general counsel to leading healthcare and start-up technology companies. Ryan also represents colleges and universities in Title IX litigation, and serves as an external investigator for educational institutions.
Hon. George B. Daniels, United States District Judge, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
Hon. Stanley R. Chesler, United States District Judge, U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey
- Represent company executive in corruption investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice.
- Represent sales executive in bribery investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice.
- Represent company superintendent in bid-rigging and kickback investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice.
- Counsel and advise global investment firm regarding regulatory matters involving the SEC and the CFTC.
- Serve as outside general counsel to a leading healthcare company that places professionals at hospitals and nursing homes.
- Represent investors in federal securities fraud lawsuit.
- Serve as trial counsel in class action securities litigation against an underwriter alleging violations of Sections 11 and 12 of the Securities Act.
- Defend colleges and universities against Title IX claims.
Representative Engagements while at the United States Attorney’s Office
- United States v. Eric Abakporo and Latanya Pierce
Ryan was co-lead counsel in a three-week trial before the Honorable Shira A. Scheindlin that resulted in the conviction of a lawyer and his business partner for bank fraud, wire fraud, and conspiracy charges related to their theft of several million dollars from various clients, banks, and mortgage companies.
- United States v. Carlos Urena and Limet Vasquez
Ryan served as co-lead counsel in an eight-week trial before the Honorable Paul A. Engelmayer that resulted in the conviction of two members of the national Trinitarios Gang for RICO conspiracy, RICO murder, narcotics distribution, and firearms possession. This case and the larger investigation into the Trinitarios street gang was awarded the Attorney General’s David Margolis Award for Exceptional Service - the DOJ’s highests award for performance.
- United States v. James “Jimmy Henchman” Rosemond
Ryan was co-lead counsel in this murder trial before the Honorable Colleen McMahon that resulted in the conviction of Rosemond, a rap impresario and record label CEO, for ordering the murder of a member of rival rap group G-Unit.
- United States v. Devi Reddy
Ryan led this investigation against a medical doctor who was charged with overprescribing pain medications as well as with medicare and health care fraud.
- United States v. David Delva
A two-week trial before the Honorable Katherine B. Forrest, for which Ryan was co-lead counsel, resulted in the conviction of a member of a violent home invasion and kidnapping crew for robbery, kidnapping, and sexual assault.
Significant White Collar Cases while previously in private practice
- As the lead associate in a criminal investigation and related multidistrict civil litigation on behalf of Fortune 500 Company, Ryan negotiated with U.S. Department of Justice and plaintiff’s counsel. He interviewed witnesses and organized the review of evidence in Europe, Brazil, Switzerland, Australia and Japan. He also prepared the response to European Commission Statement of Objections as well as to requests for information from numerous foreign governmental entities.
- Defended a major financial institution in a multi-million dollar breach of contract, tortious interference and unfair competition action.
Fordham University School of Law, J.D., 2001
Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government, M.P.P., 1998
Columbia University, B. A., Political Science, 1995
New York State
U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana
American Bar Association
Federal Bar Council
Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association
Filipino American Lawyers Association of New York
Honors & Awards
Coro Fellow in Public Affairs
Woodrow Wilson Fellowship in International Affairs and Public Policy
“Insider Trading Law 2017: Advising Clients on Insider Trading Compliance Practices,” (panelist) PLI Practising Law Institute (July 21, 2017)
“Insider Trading Law 2016: Salman, Newman, and the Road Ahead,” (panelist) PLI Practising Law Institute (July 8, 2016)
“Preparing for the Inevitable: A Cybersecurity Primer for the Futures and Derivatives Industry,” Chicago Bar Association, Futures & Derivatives Law Committee (Jan. 19, 2016)
“Breaking Barriers: Diversifying the White-Collar Bar,” NAPABA (Nov. 6, 2015)
“Discussion of Current White Collar Trends and Cybersecurity,” 2015 Financial Services Regulation Roundtable (Sept. 17, 2015)
“DOJ Sets Sights on Corporate Executives: the Yates Memo,” (author) (Sept. 11, 2015)
“Discussion of Business Ethics,” Philippine American Chamber of Commerce (April 21, 2015)
“SEC Says Employee Confidentiality Agreement Violates Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Provisions,” (author) (April 3, 2015)
Pro Bono Activities
Ryan led the team that prepared an Amicus Brief on behalf of Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, and other major cities in opposition to the travel ban.
Ryan’s pro bono work also includes securing the dismissal of charges against a mentally disabled teenager who was wrongfully accused of robbery.
Ryan has served as co-counsel with the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund in a lawsuit on behalf of Asian-speaking voters against the New York City Board of Elections for violations of the Civil Rights Act of 1965.
He has also served as co-trial counsel for the New York City Law Department.