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Edward P. Ryan
In the more than 37 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.
As recently as June 4, 2015, Ed obtained a Jury Verdict in Supreme Court (Saratoga County) in the amount of $1,703,000 for injuries suffered by a flagman struck in a construction zone; previously, a Jury in Albany County awarded $1,040,000 for another case involving 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 built stairway.
In recent years, Ed and Christopher Meyer (see below) have attained millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements on behalf of injured workers including construction site Labor Law cases and recently a settlement of $1,750,000.00 for injuries arising as a result of a high-speed police chase. (See Appellate Division decision that sets forth the underlying facts of the case Hilton v. Jones, 114 AD 3d 1113 (3rd Dept. 2014).
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 in her fourth year of medical school.
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. He is the Class of 1965 representative, a position that he has held for more than 20 years.
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 as well.
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.