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Garden City, NY 11530-4850
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Areas of Practice



J.D., Fordham University School of Law, 1985
B.S., Fordham University, College of Business Administration, 1982

James G. Ryan


Jim Ryan is the head of the Commercial Litigation Department and is the chair of the firm’s Employment Litigation practice.  As head of the Commercial Litigation Department, Jim has extensive experience in representing clients in financial services, corporate, energy, and higher education related litigation in the federal and state courts, and in various forms of alternative dispute resolution. 

Jim's commercial litigation practice focuses on energy related matters which include a broad range of disputes arising out of the production, transportation, distribution and sale of natural gas, natural gas liquids and electric power.  He also represents numerous financial institutions in matters involving the defense of "lender liability" claims or other allegations of lender misconduct, actions to recover unpaid obligations from principals and guarantors, foreclosure actions, and assertion of claims for fraud on the part of borrowers or their principals. 

As chair of the firm's Employment Litigation practice, Jim also regularly represents the firm’s clients in cases involving discrimination claims, post employment covenants, breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, trade secrets, whistleblowers, proprietary information, unfair business practices, covenants not to compete, hiring, promotion, termination, discipline, reductions in force, and sexual harassment.  His caseload also includes matters involving the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, Title VII, Title IX, HIPAA, Sarbanes-Oxley, ERISA, the New York State Human Rights Law, and the New York State Labor Law. Jim appears on behalf of the firm’s clients in federal and state courts, before federal, state and local administrative agencies, and in mediation and arbitration proceedings relating to all of the aforementioned areas. He offers advice and training, including seminars and bulletins, on avoiding discrimination, employment, and education claims.  Jim also contributes articles to and comments for various publications concerning e-discovery, education, and employment matters. He also co-authors blogs on these issues.

As to his representation of colleges and universities, Jim has handled the full array of legal matters that confront every major institution, including labor and employment issues, faculty governance, intellectual property, student life, athletics, and fundraising. Over the years, he has addressed labor contracts, managed faculty work stoppages, negotiated real estate transactions and developed policies and procedures.  Jim has also represented colleges and universities in state and federal court and before state and federal agencies. As a result of this experience, he has been asked to lecture before the members of the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities (cIcu) (whose members encompass approximately 100 colleges and universities which are based in New York) many times on topics such as Title IX, New York’s “Enough is Enough” law which is codified in Article 129-B of the Education Law, and the proper techniques for conducting internal workplace investigations.

In 2008, Jim founded the firm’s E-Discovery Practice Group. The E-Discovery Group provides cost effective, expeditious and practical solutions to even the most challenging issues involving electronically stored information so that a client can focus its resources on its business and operations.  The E-Discovery Group also develops or reviews document retention policies to ensure compliance with the litigation hold process, e-discovery obligations and statutory/regulatory requirements.  As a result of his lectures on e-discovery, in September, 2010, Jim was appointed to the New York State Unified Court System E-Discovery Working Group and to its education subcommittee to develop educational materials, including CLE courses and a bench book, on e-discovery for the New York State judiciary and judicial staff. 

Recent Speaking Experience

  • Conducting Internal Investigations (December 1, 2016, CICU Seminar, PACE University)
  • Are You Prepared for Employee Misconduct? (April 19, 2016, Capital Region Chamber of Commerce)
  • Social Media in the Workplace and Courtroom (September 25, 2015, NYS Bar Association, Labor and Employment Section)
  • Ethics of Social Media in the Workplace (September 18, 2015, Suffolk County Bar Association)
  • Implementing New York State Campus Sexual Assault Law: Article 129-B (September 11, 2015, CICU Seminar)
  • How to Conduct A Proper Internal Investigation (September 8, 2015, Nassau County Bar Association)
  • How Employers Should Conduct an Internal Investigation (May 11, 2015, Suffolk County Bar Association)
  • E-Discovery and the FRCP: Changes Afoot for Data Governance and Management (March 25, 2015, The Knowledge Group Webcast)
  • Challenges of Conducting A Proper Internal Investigation (March 4, 2015, Federal Bar Association)
  • Effectively Addressing Sexual Misconduct on Campus: Title IX and Clery Act Compliance (February 23, 2015, CICU Seminar)
  • E-Discovery and The Municipal Attorney: Compliance and Cost Control Issues (October 17-18, 2014, NYS Bar Association, Municipal Law Section)
  • Wage/Hour Issues and Self-Directed Services (June 11, 2014, Third Annual Conference of the Interagency Council)
  • Wage and Hour Issues: Fair Labor Standards Act and New York State Law (February 21, 2014, NYSARC Chapter Executive Meeting)
  • Invited Speaker, Thirty-Fifth Annual American Gas Association Legal Forum (July 15-17 2012, San-Diego, California)
  • E-Discovery in Federal Litigation (June 20, 2012, Suffolk County Bar Association)
  • Federal Discovery (May 30, 2012, Nassau County Academy of Law)
  • Hiring and Firing: Background Checks, Social Media, and Other Arresting Developments (October 25, 2011- Ali Aba Webcast)
  • Electronic Discovery Update:  New York State Case Law and Developments (June 14, 2011- Ali Aba Webcast)
  • Electronic Discovery (May 2, 2011, Appellate Division, First Department)
  • E-discovery: What the Litigator Needs to Know to Avoid Professional Liability (June 7, 2010)
  • Electronic Discovery – Avoiding Disaster (September 9, 2009)

Articles and Publications

Professional & Community Activities

  • Adjunct Professor, Molloy College
  • Appointed Member, Judiciary Screening Committee of the Nassau County Bar Association
  • Appointed Member, New York State Unified Court System’s E-Discovery Working Group
  • Mediator, Mediation Panel of the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • Member, National Association of College and University Attorneys
  • Serves on the Council of Overseers for the Tilles Center for the Performing Arts
  • Board Member and Coach, Rockville Centre Soccer Club
  • Former Chair, Rockville Centre Travel Soccer Program
  • Member, New York State Bar Association
  • Member, Nassau County Bar Association
  • Member, Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Member, Federal Bar Council

Honors & Awards

  • Jim maintains an AV "pre-eminent" rating from Martindale-Hubbell.
  • Selected to the Super Lawyers List (2012 - 2016) by the Super Lawyer legal rating service issued by Thomson Reuters.  A description of the selection methodology can be found at: http://www.superlawyers.com/about/selection_process.html. No aspect of this award has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.
  • In September, 2010, Jim was appointed to the New York State Unified Court System E-Discovery Working Group and to its education subcommittee to develop educational materials, including CLE courses and a bench book, on e-discovery for the New York State judiciary and judicial staff.
  • In July 2014 he was appointed to Judicial Screening Committee of the Nassau County Bar Association.

News & Speaking Engagements