Robert E. Ryan

Partner

Robert E. Ryan is chair of the Professional Liability Group and co-chair of the Trial Practice Group at Connell Foley LLP. A five-time Certified Civil Trial Attorney as certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey, Mr. Ryan has dedicated his professional practice for over 30 years to the litigation and trial of substantial matters. 

Mr. Ryan’s practice places particular emphasis on the representation of architects, engineers and attorneys in major professional malpractice litigation. In this regard, Mr. Ryan has served as lead counsel in the representation of regional, national, and international professional firms in significant litigation matters venued in both the state and federal courts. He has also represented parties in significant product liability litigation as well as large scale construction defect actions on all forums. 

Mr. Ryan has litigated a wide variety of substantial and complex matters, including professional liability, general liability, product liability, catastrophic construction accidents, wrongful death, design and construction-related property damage and economic loss actions, declaratory judgments, and environmental law matters in the state and federal courts. Furthermore, he has extensive experience in the representation of parties in mediation and other alternative dispute resolution forums. 

Representative Experience:

Among his notable engagements, Mr. Ryan has provided representation to professionals in litigation and ADR forums:

  • Representation of a major international law firm in State Court litigation in defense of substantial claims of professional liability and breach of fiduciary duty arising from professional services rendered in a commercial arbitration.  Secured Summary Judgment in favor of the client, dismissing the claims of professional liability, and won a unanimous jury verdict at trial for the client in the amount of $1.5 million
  • Representation of international environmental engineering firm relevant to professional liability claims of public entity in Federal Court litigation arising from design and construction services on plant renovation project at a major New Jersey wastewater treatment facility
  • Representation of national engineering firm relevant to professional liability claims of contractor in Federal Court litigation arising from design, construction, and contract administration on the Shark River Bridge Renovation Project for the New Jersey Department of Transportation
  • Representation of international engineering firm in state court litigation arising from claims of public entity sounding in professional liability related to design, construction, contract administration, and product specification regarding substantial centrifuge renovation project at a major New Jersey wastewater treatment facility
  • Representation of national engineering firm on claims of professional liability related to   bridge renovation projects
  • Representation of international law firm in state court litigation in defense of substantial claims of professional liability and breach of fiduciary duty arising from professional services rendered in a commercial transaction and arbitration
  • Representation of environmental engineering firm in state court litigation arising from claims of deficient professional services related to environmental studies and assessments with alleged adverse impact on residential development
  • Representation of architectural, engineering, and surveying firms relevant to pre-litigation and litigation claims of professional malpractice by private project developers and contractors regarding all aspects of professional services, including project evaluations, design, governmental approvals, construction and contract administration, delay claims,  and construction defect claims
  • Representation of engineering and surveying firm in state court litigation involving claims of professional liability arising from alleged surveying error which impacted project approvals and subsequent sales of condominium and townhouse units
  • Representation of national engineering firm in defense of contractor claims of project delays due to professional malpractice in state court litigation arising from design, construction, and contract administration on New Jersey bridge project
  • Representation of regional engineering firm relevant to state court litigation arising from contractor claims to substantial damages for project delays arising from New Jersey commercial office and related garage project
  • Representation of project architect in state court litigation in defense of claims of owner of professional malpractice related to design and construction of major commercial warehouse in northern New Jersey
  • Representation of engineering firm in state court litigation involving wrongful death claim relevant to public roadway relocation project
  • Representation of project engineer in state court litigation arising from collapse of residential parking garage and related economic damages
  • Representation of engineering firm relevant to multiple wrongful death claims arising from renovation of commercial gas facility
  • Representation of engineering firm in state court litigation arising from claims of improper design and construction supervision on commercial projects
  • Representation of engineering firm in state court litigation in defense of professional malpractice claims of public entity and contractor relevant to stadium renovation project in northern New Jersey
  • Representation of architect in state court litigation on claims involving design and construction of public cultural facility

Honors and Awards:

  • "Irish Legal 100" published in The Irish Voice (2013-2015)
  • New Jersey Top Rated Lawyers for AV Preeminent Rating of Martindale-Hubbell (2013)
  • "New Jersey's Top Rated Lawyers" in Inside Jersey magazine (2012)
  • Top 100 New Jersey Super Lawyers (2005-2006)
  • New Jersey Super Lawyer (2005-2006, 2008-2017)
  • AV Peer Rated by Martindale-Hubbell (1986-2017)

Affiliations:

  • American Bar Association
  • American Bar Foundation 
  • New Jersey State Bar Association
  • Certified Civil Trial Attorney−New Jersey Supreme Court (1988, 1995, 2002, 2008, 2012)
  • Irish American Bar Association of New Jersey
  • Irish American Cultural Institute 
  • Life Fellow, American Bar Foundation
  • Member,  New Jersey State Bar Association, Professional Malpractice Insurance Committee
  • Certified Civil Trial Attorney − New Jersey Supreme Court (1988, 1995, 2002, 2008 and 2012)
  • Member, Irish American Bar Association of New Jersey
  • Member, Trial Attorneys of New Jersey
  • Member, American Bar Association, Sections on Litigation, Professional Liability, Product Liability, and Insurance Law
  • Member, Professional Liability Underwriting Society
  • Member, Professional Liability Section−Defense Research Institute
  • Member, Professional Liability Section−USLAW Organization
  • Allied Member, New Jersey Society of Architects
  • Continuing Education System Lecturer, The American Institute of Architects, Professional Liability, and Risk Management
  • Former Member, New Jersey State Bar Association, Health and Hospital Law Committee, Subcommittee on Education
  • Former Member, New Jersey Supreme Court District VC Ethics Committee
  • Friend, Irish American Cultural Institute

Speeches

  • Seminar: "Professional Liability and Legal Malpractice Developments in 2010" (July 2010)
  • "Legal Malpractice: Professional Liability and the Rules of Professional Conduct in 2010," sponsored by New Jersey Corporate Counsel Association (NJCCA) (June 2010)
  • Seminar: Professional Liability and Risk Management for Engineers" (April 2008)
85 Livingston Avenue
Roseland,
NJ
07068
973.535.0500
973.535.9217
  • Seton Hall University (J.D., cum laude, 1979)
  • Saint Peter's College (B.A., History, 1976)
  • State of New Jersey
  • United States District Court of  New Jersey
  • United States Supreme Court
  • Certified Civil Trial Attorney  (1988, 1995, 2002, 2008 and 2012)