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Ryan Thomas Donovan

Personal injury Attorney at Albany, NY

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Attorney Ryan T. Donovan is a litigator who focuses his practice on personal injury, commercial litigation and criminal defense. Mr. Donovan has handled all aspects of civil litigation including motion and trial practice and has successfully litigated cases in Federal Court and tried cases in the New York State Supreme Court. Mr Donovan has also successfully argued cases at the Appellate Division and has served as counsel to public employee unions representing members in both contract and disciplinary arbitrations. In 2008 Mr. Donovan was appointed to the Criminal Justice Act (CJA) Panel by the Northern District of New York to represent criminal defendants in Federal Court. He has also represented clients in felony cases throughout the Capital Region.

Mr. Donovan is admitted to practice in New York State and the United States District Court for the Northern District of New York. While in law school, Mr. Donovan was a finalist in the Senior Prize Competition and was elected to the position of Lieutenant Governor in the American Bar Association for the Second Circuit. Mr. Donovan was also awarded the Capital District Trial Lawyers prize in 2001.

Mr. Donovan was associated with two prominent Albany law firms, specializing in trial practice. He has represented physicians and hospitals in medical malpractice actions and corporations in litigation and mergers.

Mr. Donovan is a member of the New York State and Albany County Bar Associations and has served on the Albany Law School National Alumni Association Board of Directors since 2000. In 2009 he was appointed a Member of the Board of Trustees of Albany Law School and in 2010 was elected as President of the National Alumni Association.  Mr. Donovan was appointed as an adjunct professor at Albany Law School (Trial Advocacy) in 2011.

Mr. Donovan was elected to the position of Town Justice for the Town of Bethlehem in 2006 and re-elected in 2010. Mr. Donovan and his co-judge preside over the criminal, small claims and traffic matters in the Town of Bethlehem (pop. approx. 33,000).  He has also been appointed to sit as an Acting City Court Judge in the City of Troy. Mr. Donovan has lectured for local bar associations, the New York State Legislature, the New York State Bar Association and the New York State Town and Village Court Center on the topics of criminal, traffic, small claims matters and trial practice.

Licensed for 21 years
State MA
Status Active
Acquired 2016
Updated 12/26/2022
State NY
Status Currently Registered
Acquired 2001
Updated 11/17/2022

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Harris, Conway & Donovan, PLLC
5 Clinton Sq
Albany, NY, 12207


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Posted by anonymous | October 8, 2022
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| Consulted Attorney
I had someone stalking and harassing me and my family. He was arrested for harassment but continued to harass and threaten me and my family. Ryan was the judge in the case. I asked for an extension of the order of protection at the very least. Ryan didn’t think it was necessary even after all the proof I had. Well, this guy that was harassing me was just arrested by the ATF for drug trafficking. He has several guns and ammunition seized from his property. Thank you to the feds that took care of this monster. Judge Donovan, I suggest you look deeper into issues when a concerned parent is being threatened with death threats to him and his children.
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Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Harris, Conway & Donovan, PLLC
  • 2007 - Present
  • Town Justice
  • Town of Bethlehem
  • 2006 - Present
  • Adjunct Professor
  • Albany Law School
  • 2011 - 2014


  • Albany Law School of Union University
  • 2001


  • Capital Area Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member of Board of Directors
  • 2014 - Present
  • Albany County Bar Association
  • Member of Board of Directors
  • 2014 - Present
  • New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • 2012 - Present
  • New York State Magistrates Association
  • 2006 - Present
  • Albany Law School Alumni Association
  • Past President
  • 2000 - Present
  • New York State Bar Association
  • 2000 - Present
  • Albany County Bar Association
  • Chair of Admissions
  • 2013 - 2014
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Languages Spoken

  • English


  • Hall of Fame
  • Bethlehem Central High School
  • 2013
  • Outstanding Young Alumni Award
  • Albany Law School
  • 2009
  • Trial Lawyers Award
  • Capital Area Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2001
  • Senior Prize Trial Finalist
  • Albany Law School
  • 2001
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (3)
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Personal injury Attorney | Mar 20
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"Ryan is an extremely knowledgeable attorney and is well respected in the legal community. He is known for his tenacity and relentless approach to every case he handles."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 31
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"I endorse Ryan as he is an excellent advocate with a thorough knowledge of the law."
Litigation Attorney | Jun 27
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"Ryan is a top notch civil litigator and an all around great guy."
Litigation Attorney | Jun 26
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"I have known Ryan for several years. He is a highly respected attorney, and consistently achieves excellent results for his clients."
Personal injury Attorney | Jun 26
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"I endorse this lawyer."
Litigation Attorney | Jun 21
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"I endorse this lawyer."
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Albany Personal injury Lawyer Ryan Thomas Donovan
Ryan Thomas Donovan
Personal injury Attorney
Albany, NY
Licensed for 21 years