HK – Edward Ryan – Biography

In 1 on December 30, 2008 at 5:25 pm

Edward F. Ryan

 Chicago: 312-578-6552       Email:

Edward F. Ryan has focused his practice on commercial litigation on behalf of major corporate clients for more than 30 years. During this period he has served as lead trial counsel in over five dozen trials and has extensive civil litigation experience, including national class action defense, at the trial and appellate levels before administrative agencies and federal and state courts, including Illinois, Florida, Wisconsin, Ohio, California, Arizona, Texas, Connecticut, New York, Kansas, Indiana, Mississippi, New Hampshire, Georgia, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Michigan, South Carolina and Pennsylvania. He has represented a variety of clients, including Allstate, Union Carbide, Waste Management, New York Life, Picker Industries, Pinnacle Homes, Northern Trust, Ameritech, Northrop Grumman, and NetBank, in a broad scope of commercial litigation from antitrust to employment discrimination, and from contract disputes to securities cases.
In addition to his commercial litigation practice, Mr. Ryan has tried complex governmental, land use and environmental cases in state and federal courts on behalf of private interests, as well as governmental bodies.
Mr. Ryan is admitted to practice in Illinois and Florida. He is a member of the Chicago, Florida and American Bar Associations. He has also lectured nationwide in seminars on behalf of the American Law Institute and American Bar Association on various litigation issues.
Mr. Ryan received his B.A. magna cum laude from the University of St. Thomas and earned his J.D. in 1968 from Georgetown University Law Center.
"We are very careful . . . when we take in a matter, to have an open discussion with clients,'' says Ed Ryan, a partner with Chicago's Holland & Knight LLP. That includes drawing up an engagement letter that details fee structure, billing schedule, scope of work and how conflicts are handled.

Mr. Ryan, who oversees the firm's billing and collections, tells of one case where the firm was handling civil litigation for a client, but not a related government investigation. When the client hired a new in-house counsel, who wondered why Holland & Knight hadn't been pursuing the government matter, the firm was able to use its engagement letter to show that it had fulfilled the original expectations.

Another situation didn't turn out as well. In that case, there was confusion about who would pay for expert witnesses, and because that hadn't been spelled out upfront, Holland ended up eating the costs, "which were very heavy.''

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