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Areas of Practice



Ryan J. Byrnes


Ryan J. Byrnes is an associate in the firm’s Litigation Department. His practice includes the representation of building owners, construction contractors, general contractors and corporations in all aspects of construction litigation, including Labor Law, premises liability, general liability and toxic tort. He also has extensive experience practicing within New York City Asbestos Litigation (NYCAL) and surrounding jurisdictions, including the defense of general liability, product liability and toxic/environmental tort and mass tort actions for major insurers and private companies. He has acted as defense counsel in various types of toxic tort cases, including those arising from claims of exposure to asbestos, lead paint and diacetyl. He handles all aspects of case management, from pleadings and motion practice throughout the discovery process, including significant deposition experience. He advises in case resolution strategy, including mediation and settlement. His trial experience includes second chairing asbestos cases in New York, including jury selection, preparing opening and closing statements, preparing and examining fact and expert witnesses for trial, and various post-trial motion practices.

Professional & Community Activities

  • Member, New York Bar Association
  • Member, New Jersey Bar Association
  • Regional Leader, University of Richmond Alumni Association, New York City Chapter
  • Member, Kappa Sigma Fraternity Alumni, Greater New York City Chapter

Honors & Awards

  • “Give My Regards to the United States Copyright Office? A Determination of Whether Copyright Protection Should Be Extended To Stage Directions” Ariz. St. Sports & Ent. L.J. (2011)