Ryan represents clients in a variety of complex civil and criminal litigation matters, with a particular focus on cases involving structured financial products, derivatives, and other complex securities. He also has significant experience in litigation arising from mergers and acquisitions, including post-merger disputes involving indemnification issues. Ryan handles both plaintiff and defense work.
Ryan rejoined Lowenstein Sandler in June 2018 after being appointed in 2015 to serve as an Assistant U.S. Attorney on the President’s Residential Mortgage-Backed Securities (RMBS) Task Force in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York. In that capacity, Ryan was a lead attorney in the prosecution of the third-largest RMBS issuer/underwriter in the world for its participation in the 2006-2009 worldwide financial crisis. That prosecution led to a $7.2 billion settlement with the government—the largest single-bank fraud prosecution in the history of the U.S. Department of Justice – for which Ryan was awarded the Department of Justice’s Director’s Award. After concluding that matter, Ryan served as the lead prosecutor against the bank’s former head of subprime trading for his role in the bank’s fraud. He was one of only a small handful of prosecutors to bring cases against individuals that contributed to the financial crisis.
Ryan has handled numerous trials, including a two-day bench trial before the Hon. Jed S. Rakoff of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York and a five-day jury trial before the Hon. Edgardo Ramos, also in the Southern District.
Active in pro bono matters, he has represented multiple clients of a local organization serving low-income women in need of legal assistance in custody and other legal matters.
Prior to joining the firm, Ryan was a law clerk to the Hon. Nina Gershon of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York. Earlier, he was an associate at a prominent international law firm, where he defended SEC enforcement actions and other shareholder litigation and advised on general corporate governance.
Ryan is admitted to appear before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit and the U.S. District Court for the Southern and Eastern District of New York.