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Edward P. Ryan
In the more than thirty years that Ed Ryan has appeared before local juries, he
has tried a number of different types of cases to verdict ranging from malpractice
and product liability to felony murder. He has appeared in court primarily
in upstate New York, but he attained a sizable verdict in a fraudulent estate
case in Surrogate’s Court, New York County (Manhattan) and has successfully
appeared in court in Los Angeles, California, Oakland County, Michigan and
Palm Beach County, Florida.
On May 1, 2008, Ed obtained a jury verdict in the amount of $1,040,000 for roadwork site injuries.
Ed obtained a verdict including post-appeal interest
against Wal-Mart, Inc. for in excess of $700,000.00 on behalf of a shopper
who was injured by falling merchandise and in a highway design case involving
a brain injured client, the recovery from the insurance carriers and the State
of New York totaled $936,000.00 on what had initially been a case with a minimum
policy of $25,000.00. Another brain injury case, for example, involved a $5.2
million dollar structured settlement for an infant who fell from a defectively
In recent years Ed and Christopher Meyer (see below) have attained millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements on behalf of injured workers.
Often it is necessary to use experts in such fields as tire safety and OSHA regulations, vocational evaluators, economists and specialists in various medical fields, particularly neurosurgery and orthopedics.
Ed is a Diplomate of the The American Association for Justice,
a distinction awarded to fewer than 1% of all trial lawyers.
Ed is a 1969 graduate of Siena College and a 1977 graduate of Fordham University School of Law. He served as a U.S. Army officer and attended law school on the G.I. Bill and a New York State Regents scholarship as a Vietnam-era veteran. Between active duty and reserve obligations, he fulfilled a nine-year military commitment (1969-1978).
Ed is married to Diane Deveines Ryan, M.D. and they have two children, a son who is also a graduate of Fordham Law School and practices downstate in the areas of patent and trademark litigation and a daughter who is a graduate student.
Ed previously served a seven-year term as a member of the Board of Trustees
of La Salle Institute in Troy, New York, a Christian Brothers college preparatory
high school, and served as chair of the school’s scholarship fund appeal.
Christopher P. Meyer
Christopher P. Meyer, a graduate of Union College and Hofstra Law
School, has been with the firm since 1995.
Admitted to the New York State Bar in 1986, he is qualified to practice
in the New York Eastern and Northern Districts of the U.S. Federal Court
Chris started his legal career with the Nassau County Attorney's Office in
Long Island as a trial attorney in its Litigation Bureau. There he defended and
litigated personal injury cases brought against the County and handled a caseload
of over 200 claims.
In 1988 he moved on to the firm of MacDonald and O'Connor as a
defense attorney representing General Accident Insurance Company
in venues throughout downstate New York. During that time he also
served as Prosecutor for the Village of South Floral Park and was
later elected its Village Justice. In 1991 Chris moved to the Capital
District with his family to be part of a newly formed defense counsel
office for General Accident and was thereafter promoted to Senior
Trial Attorney. With that office he litigated cases across upstate
New York involving construction accidents, defective products, premises
liability, motor vehicle accidents, dog bites, fire damage and other
types of injury suits.
In 1995 Chris began working with Ed representing injured clients
in all aspects of their personal injury claims. While located in
Albany, he has represented clients from Plattsburgh to Rochester.
His knowledge in defending and pursuing personal injury cases has
given him unique insight as to how to deal with insurance companies
and their defense counsel most effectively. Coupled with his extensive
trial experience, Chris will know the ideal course of action in
order to maximize a client's recovery in any type of personal injury
case, big or small.