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James Gerard Ryan

James Gerard Ryan

also known as James G. Ryan, Jim Ryan

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About Me

Mr. Ryan is the head of the Commercial Litigation Department and is the chair of the firm’s Employment Litigation practice.  As head of the Commercial Litigation Department Mr. Ryan has extensive experience in representing clients in financial services, corporate and energy related litigation in the federal and state courts, and in various forms of alternative dispute resolution. 

Mr. Ryan's practice focuses on energy related matters which include a broad range of disputes arising out of the production, transportation, distribution and sale of natural gas, natural gas liquids and electric power.  He also represents numerous financial instutions in matters involving the defense of "lender liability" claims or other allegation of lender misconduct, actions to recover unpaid obligations from principals and guarantors, foreclosure actions, and assertion of claims for fraud on the part of borrowers or their principals. 

As chair of the firm's Employment Litigation practice, Mr. Ryan regularly represents the firm’s clients in cases involving discrimination claims, post employment covenants, breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, trade secrets, whistleblowers, proprietary information, unfair business practices, covenants not to compete, hiring, promotion, termination, discipline, reductions in force, and sexual harassment.  His caseload also includes matters involving the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, Title VII, HIPAA, Sarbanes-Oxley, FERPA, ERISA, the New York State Human Rights Law, and the New York State Labor Law. Mr. Ryan appears on behalf of the firm’s clients in federal and state courts, before federal, state and local administrative agencies, and in mediation and arbitration proceedings relating to all of the aforementioned areas. He offers advice and training, including seminars and bulletins, on avoiding discrimination, employment, and education claims.  Mr. Ryan also contributes articles to and comments for various publications concerning e-discovery, education, and employment matters. He also co-authors blogs on these issues.

In 2008, Mr. Ryan founded the firm’s E-Discovery Practice Group. The E-Discovery Group provides cost effective, expeditious and practical solutions to even the most challenging issues involving electronically stored information so that a client can focus its resources on its business and operations.  The E-Discovery Group also develops or reviews document retention policies to ensure compliance with the litigation hold process, e-discovery obligations and statutory/regulatory requirements.  As a result of his lectures on e-discovery, in September, 2010, Mr. Ryan was appointed to the New York State Unified Court System E-Discovery Working Group and to its education subcommittee to develop educational materials, including CLE courses and a bench book, on e-discovery for the New York State judiciary and judicial staff. 

Mr. Ryan grew up in Massachusetts, graduated from Fordham University School of Law in 1985 and has been a litigator with the firm since shortly after his graduation from Fordham.  He became a member of the firm in 1995.  Mr. Ryan is a trained mediator for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York.


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Practice Areas


  1. Litigation: 33%
  2. Civil Rights: 33%
  3. Energy & Utilities: 24%
  4. Employment & Labor: 10%

Attorney Endorsements

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    I have worked for Jim Ryan for over two years now. His level of experience in litigation is unparalleled, and he is always available to provide valuable insights into any issue I have come across. Jim is not your typical head of department, as his door is always open to answer any question his litigators present to him. He has experience across a vast array of industries, including employment, civil rights, energy, and e-discovery. All in all, I endorse him as a widely respected member of the profession, and would recommend him to any potential client.


    Sean Gajewski
    Relationship: Worked for lawyer

Contact Info

Cullen and Dykman

100 Quentin Roosevelt Blvd
Garden City, NY, 11530-4874

100 Quentin Roosevelt Blvd.
Garden City, NY, 11530



NYCurrently registered 198603/13/2015

Professional Misconduct

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Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Super Lawyers®, a Thomson Reuters business.Super Lawyers2012
AV "Pre-Eminent" RatingMartindale-HubbellN/A
Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
PartnerCullen and Dykman LLP1995 - Present
Association NamePosition NameDuration
New York State Unified Court System’s E-Discovery Working GroupAppointed Member:N/A
Serves on the Council of Overseers for the Tilles Center for the Performing ArtsN/AN/A
Transportation Committee of the Long Island AssociationN/AN/A
Rockville Centre Soccer ClubBoard Member and CoachN/A
Rockville Centre Travel Soccer ProgramChairN/A
New York State Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Nassau County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Massachusetts Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Mediation Panel of the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New YorkN/AN/A
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Fordham University School of LawN/AJDN/A
Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
E-Discovery - Avoiding Disaster CLE (with California Supplement)Federal and California E-Discovery (4/29/13)2013
E-Discovery - Avoiding Disaster CLE (with California Supplement)Federal and California E-Discovery (4/28/13)2013
E-Discovery - Avoiding Disaster CLEFederal and New York E-Discovery (4/18/13)2013
E-Discovery - Avoiding Disaster CLEFederal and New York E-Discovery (4/8/13)2013
“Federal Discovery”“Federal Discovery”2012
“E-Discovery in Federal Litigation”“E-Discovery in Federal Litigation”2012
“E-Discovery in Federal Litigation”“E-Discovery in Federal Litigation”2012
Thirty-Fifth Annual American Gas Association Legal ForumInvited Speaker2012
Ali Aba Webcast“Electronic Discovery Update: New York State Case Law and Developments”2011
Ali Aba Webcast“Hiring and Firing: Background Checks, Social Media, and Other Arresting Developments”2011