Raised in New York City, educated at the most elite universities in the country, and tested as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Ryan Poscablo combines the knowledge, training, and experience of a skilled litigator with the savvy, street smarts, and instincts of a seasoned trial lawyer. Whether in the courtroom, the boardroom, or the conference room of a government agency, Ryan’s reasoned judgment and exhaustive preparation allows him to craft the right solutions for his client’s diverse legal issues.
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 investigations that charged bank, wire, mortgage and tax fraud, as well as identity theft, medicare and healthcare fraud, 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, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and the Commodity Futures Trading 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, including blockchain and cryptocurrency companies.
Ryan also helps lead the Firm's higher education practice by representing colleges and universities in Title IX litigation and, using trauma-informed investigative techniques, serving as an external investigator for educational institutions in various internal investigations.
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
Commercial and Class Action Litigation
- Defend American multinational food, snack and beverage company in dispute with a distributor.
- Counsel CEO and Co-Founder of leading technology in lawsuit against co-founders.
- Represent national healthcare company in potential class action dispute with employees.
- Defend national insurance company in multi-district class action litigation.
Securities and Commodities
- Advise global investment firm regarding regulatory matters involving the SEC and the CFTC.
- Litigate matters nationally for global investment firm.
- Represent global investment firm in matters related to various RMBS lawsuits filed in the Southern District of New York.
- Serve as trial counsel for 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.
- Conduct Title IX investigation for public university involving allegations of rape, sexual assault, and harassment by multiple tenured faculty members.
- Advise nationally-ranked residential liberal arts college concerning various civil rights claims made by students, faculty, and administrators.
- Conduct investigations for nationally-ranked residential liberal arts college in claims asserting violations of Title IX, Title VII, and other discriminatory laws.
- Represent renowned private research university in Title IX and associated claims in federal district court.
- Conducted internal investigation of sexual harassment claims for a nationally-acclaimed K-12 private boarding school.
- Develop and implement athletic compliance program for leading public university.
- Assist public university in responding to athletic Title IX investigation by the Office of Civil Rights (OCR).
Employment Discrimination, Harassment and Sexual Misconduct
- Investigate allegations of sexual misconduct by an employee for leading regional magazine.
- Represent executive in claims of racial and gender discrimination and sexual harassment against leading financial services firm.
- Represent victim of sexual assault in investigation conducted by New York County District Attorney’s Office.
- Represent victim of sexual assault in investigation conducted by Board of Directors of leading technology firm.
Investigations and Criminal Defense of Individuals
- Represent company executive in corruption investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice.
- Defend medical doctor indicted for healthcare fraud.
- 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.
- Represent corporate executive in investigation concerning fraudulent loans.
- Conduct investigation for leading medical device company of executive accused of kickbacks and fraud.
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. Devi Reddy
Ryan led this investigation against a medical doctor who was charged with overprescribing pain medications as well as with Medicare and healthcare fraud.
- 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. 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
Association of Title IX Administrators (ATIXA) – Certified Civil Rights Investigator, Level IV
Honors & Awards
Coro Fellow in Public Affairs
New York Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters (2018)
Woodrow Wilson Fellowship in International Affairs and Public Policy
“Future of Regulation,” (panelist) FinTech Symposium, sponsored by Sia Partners and the French-American Chamber of Commerce, New York, NY (October 10, 2018)
“How to Cross Examine Effectively and Make Objections,” (instructor) Intensive Trial Advocacy Program (ITAP), The Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, New York, NY (January 5, 2018)
“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.
Ryan has worked with small, minority-owned businesses, assisting them in all aspects of their business.
He has also served as co-trial counsel for the New York City Law Department.