Ryan has practiced extensively in the areas of bankruptcy and creditors’ rights for nearly 15 years. He leads Shook's Bankruptcy and Creditors Rights' practice group, representing secured and unsecured creditors, lessors, lessees and investors in a wide variety of issues relating to bankruptcy, insolvency and debt restructuring. Ryan brings a varied perspective on bankruptcy to issues faced by his clients, stemming from experience in private practice, government—including a clerkship with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court—and nearly a decade as in-house counsel. Ryan also holds an LL.M. in Bankruptcy from St. John’s University School of Law. He has been praised as a "practical, business-minded lawyer, whose common sense and real-world experience will serve his clients well."

Ryan joined Shook after serving as in-house counsel at American International Group, Inc. (AIG). As Associate General Counsel, he managed a team of attorneys, paralegals and professional staff, both in the U.S. and overseas, responsible for the company’s recovery and bankruptcy litigation in the commercial and consumer insurance divisions. Ryan oversaw multimillion-dollar commercial litigation cases, including premium audit disputes, broker fraud, subrogation recovery and regulatory inquiries, and he also managed related defense matters. He also implemented multiple BPO/LPO engagements and alternative fee arrangements for AIG’s high-volume commercial litigation and bankruptcy docket.

Before his in-house work, Ryan practiced with firms in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, focusing on commercial litigation and bankruptcy. Ryan also values his pro bono work; while with AIG, he was the lead company attorney on training employees to obtain Veterans’ Assistance certification.

Publications and Presentations

“40 under 40 Spotlight on Professional Development in the Insolvency Community,” 14th Annual American Bankruptcy Institute Mid-Atlantic Workshop, Hershey, Pennsylvania, August 2, 2018.

A Business Creditor's Guide to Distressed Vendors, Debt Collection and Bankruptcy, American Bankruptcy Institute, December 2017 (with Christopher A. Ward). [Podcast]

The Risky World of Section 110 and Bankruptcy Petition Preparers, American Bankruptcy Institute Journal, April 2017.

Court Rejects Attempt to Change Basis of Compensation From Approved Contingency Basis to Quantum Meruit Basis, Ethics & Professional Compensation: An American Bankruptcy Institute Newsletter, March 2017. 

“Trustworthy Claims: Developments on What Claims a Trustee May or May Not Bring,” The 11th Annual American Bankruptcy Institute Mid-Atlantic Workshop, August 2015.

Developing a Relationship Between In-House Counsel and Outside Counsel, American Bankruptcy Institute Journal, April 2015.

Fiduciary Duties, Bankruptcy, and the Zone of Insolvency Under D&O and E&O Policies, New Appleman On Insurance (LexisNexis Publication), Summer 2014.

“Insourcing, Outsourcing, and Managing a Global Legal Staff.” Shook, Hardy & Bacon’s Corporate Counsel Institute, March 2014.

From Being ‘Nails’ To Making Them: The Downfall of Lenny Dykstra and His Bankruptcy Crime, American Bankruptcy Institute Journal, March 2013.

“The Intersection between Intellectual Property Rights and Bankruptcy Law,” Polsinelli, LLC’s Quarterly State of the Law Seminar, Dallas, TX, April 2013.