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Philip D. Ryan

Social Security & Disability Attorney at Oklahoma City, OK

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  • Licensed for 37 years
    State OK
    Acquired 1987
    Authorized to Practice Law No misconduct found

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About Philip

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Phil Ryan has personally appeared at approximately 3,000 social security disability hearings. He authored the book 7 Costly Mistakes That Can Ruin Your Social Security Disability Claim (and how to avoid them). Phil has received the hightest rating available (AV) from his fellow attorneys. He was a founding member of the Disability Law Section of the Oklahoma Bar Association and presently serves as Chairman of the section.


Phil was born just a few blocks from the White House in Washington D.C. while his father served in the armed services. Phil worked his way through law school attending classes at night while working during the day yet still managed to graduate number four in his class.


As an attorney, Phil has represented the State of Oklahoma liquidating insolvent insurance companies on behalf of the Oklahoma Insurance Department, participated in jury trials in both the federal and state court systems, and represented thousands of injured workers in trials before the Oklahoma Workers' Compensation Court. 


Phil presently concentrates his practice on Social Security disability cases, and has appeared at approximately three thousand hearings before federal judges assigned to the Social Security Administration in Oklahoma, Texas, and Kansas. He is a sustaining member of the National Organization of Social Security Representatives.


In 1997, Phil served on the Lieutenant Governor’s Commission on Workers’ Compensation Reform. In 2010, Phil was appointed by Governor Brad Henry to serve as his representative on the Task Force on Vocational Rehabilitation for Injured Workers. Phil is an active member of Lawyers for Working Oklahomans (an organization made up of the most prominent attorneys representing injured Oklahoma workers). From 2005 through 2009 Phil served on LWO's board of directors and in 2010 he was elected President of this important organization. In 2016, Phi was elected Chairman of the Disability Law Section of the Oklahoma Bar Association.


Phil serves on the Board of Directors of The Twelve Foundation, an organization dedicated to promoting youth recovery. He also serves on the Phi Delta Theta Alumni Advisory Board at Oklahoma State University. He has traveled to Northern Peru on three mission trips building homes and delivering food to the needy. Phil loves spending time with his children and family. Phil is an avid cyclist and spends much of his spring and summer competing in regional road races and time trials.



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Philip D. Ryan
4323 N.W. 63rd
Suite 110
Oklahoma City, OK, 73116


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Posted by Jerri | February 16, 2016
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Great Attorney! Extremely knowledgeable with remarkable people skills, and blessed with empathy and compassion.
Even though I am in the early to mid stages with my own working SSD case with Mr. Ryan I welcome this review and see it as an opportunity to help others as they too may be in the process of seeking a quality attorney as they, quite possibly, may be facing their own difficult life-changing event. As I await the SS Administration to hand down my SSD determination I am very grateful for the "God-Directed" referral, I myself was, provided by a previous satisfied client of Mr. Ryan. I strongly believe I have been blessed with the very best attorney, and consulting team in which to represent me with my case. A personal regret of mine is I wish I had known about Mr. Ryan's vast experiential and academic foundation of knowledge earlier in my life. Quite possibly more important to his clients are his attributes of patience and thoroughness. It is critical for a client to be provided advice on each and every aspect of their due rights in order to assist them in gaining insight about every possible right available to them in order for the client to have the ability to make informed decisions about seeking the most of their benefits in their own particular case. Unfortunately, for me, the type of extraordinary legal representation Mr. Ryan provides his clients has not been my experience in the past; as a vulnerable layperson to the legal profession I found myself trusting in another lawyer, who was specializing in my legal need at the time, but needless to say that experience was not a comprehensive representation to me, and I was not properly represented as I should have been. I can easily describe my own experience thus far in my case with Mr. Ryan. Mr. Ryan has consistently demonstrated a multitude of vast capabilities as well as his genuine ethical presence. He has been attentive in assisting me through this often, daunting process. Mr. Ryan has exceeded my expectations as delivering a quality Attorney-Client relationship. I do know Mr. Ryan maintains, and utilizes the ethical and moral compass, he has ingrained within himself, in order to guide me through this entire process, keeping my best interests in mind. I do not feel as though I must worry about, this Legal Counselor, making sure I have been provided everything I have a right to know about, in my case, in order to make the best life changing decisions possible for me. My experience in working with Mr. Ryan and the staff assisting him, in my case, within his firm has allowed me to experience the least anxiety provoking aspects of this long, draining process as possible. I am very pleased to have found, in my opinion, the very best attorney for myself, and my family if applicable for us in our future. We all know, as does Mr. Ryan, at times life is often difficult enough without trying to handle legal circumstances, which often arise in life as a layperson. My advice to anyone who may find themselves in the midst of a legal situation, is to start with the best, Mr. Ryan, his staff, and his firm. Thank you for allowing me this opportunity to share my experience with other’s regarding Mr. Phillip Ryan Attorney at Law.
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Posted by Tommy | December 7, 2016
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I highly recommend Philip Ryan!
Did a great job on my disability claim. Hired him after being denied my first time. He worked quickly on my appeal and I was approved! He and his staff treated me with respect and understanding. If you called them with a question or concern they were very helpful. I will recommend them to anyone needing help with a disability claim.
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Posted by Wayne | April 10, 2024
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Wayne Carothers
Phillip gave me a great settlement, without me having to do much. Expenses were itemized for me, and very reasonable.
Posted by anonymous | January 14, 2018
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The BEST SS Disability attorney!
The BEST Social Security attorney. He took my case over one week before my hearing! He was prepared and did an incredible job representing me. I felt he knew and understand my medical history as if he’d known me for many years. He’s straight forward and HONEST! I have referred several friends to him. You can’t go wrong Philip Ryan!
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Posted by Tamra | February 15, 2016
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Exceptional Client Service
From the first phone call I was treated as a person not just their next case. I was expecting to speak and be represented by maybe one of their interns or legal assistant. That was not the case I was contacted by Mr. Philip Ryan himself we first spoke over the phone and he ask me if I could meet with him the next day. I did and from the first meeting I felt like my case was just as important to him as it was to me. I would recommend Mr. Philip Ryan to my Family and Friends.
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Posted by Roxane | January 11, 2016
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Excellent Attorney
Phil Ryan helped my mother with both her workers' compensation and social security disability cases. He also explained each and every detail to my mother and I in a way we could understand. Phil was always very prepared and it was clear that he always had my mothers best interest in mind.
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  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
  • Contingency 20%-40%


AVVO RATING 9.9 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Ryan Bisher Ryan
  • 1986 - Present
  • Legal Clerk/Intern
  • Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner's Office
  • 1980 - 1986


  • Oklahoma City University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1986

Sample of Legal Cases

  • AT&T v. Jerry Rhodes
  • Court of Appeals affirmed the decision of the trial court and the Workers' Compensation Court en band awarding benefits to my client.
  • CNA v. Ellis
  • Case remanded for trial court to consider proper apportionment of impairment pursuant to proper statute
  • Ford Roofing and Sheet Metal Company v. Venegas
  • Court of Appeals held that three judge panel properly held that Claimant timely filed a claim for compensation.
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  • Oklahoma Bar Association
  • Vice-Chairman, Disability Law Section
  • 2015 - Present
  • National Organization of Social Security Claimants Representatives
  • Sustaining Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • Oklahoma Bar Foundation
  • Fellow
  • 2000 - Present
  • Lawyers for Working Oklahomans
  • Past President
  • 2000 - Present
  • Oklahoma Association for Justice
  • Member
  • 1987 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2020
  • Client Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2019
  • Client Distinction Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2012
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2011
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2004
  • American Jurisprudence Award- Evidence
  • Lawyers Co-Operative Publishing
  • 1984
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  • PILLMA Press
  • 7 Costly Mistakes That Can Ruin Your Social Security Claim
  • 2015

Speaking Engagements

  • Disability Secrets
  • Basics of a Social Security Legal Practice
  • 2015
  • Case Management Society of America
  • Basics of Social Security Disability
  • 2015
  • Lawyers for Working Oklahomans
  • Practical Guide to Social Security Law
  • 2013
  • Best Practices in Social Security
  • Starting a Social Security Practice
  • 2013
  • Oklahoma Bar Association
  • Best Practices for a Social Security Hearings
  • 2011
  • Seminar in the Sun
  • Social Security Offsets and Medicare Set Asides
  • 2009
  • Oklahoma Bar Association Annual Meeting
  • Mental Health for Attorneys
  • 2009
  • Oklahoma Workers' Compensation Court Bi-Annual Meeting
  • Working with Medical Case Managers in Workers' Compensation Cases
  • 2005
  • Advanced Workers' Compensation
  • Confidentiality of Medical Records in a Workers' Compensation Case
  • 2000
  • Advanced Workers' Compensation
  • Ethical Considerations in a Workers' Compensation Case
  • 1998
  • Oklahoma Bar Association
  • Advanced Workers' Compensation
  • 1996
  • Basic Workers' Compensation
  • Nuts and Bolts of a Claimant's Case
  • 1995
  • Basic Workers' Compensation
  • Burden of Proof in Workers' Compensation Appeals
  • 1992
  • Workers' Compensation
  • Death Benefits in Workers' Compensation Cases
  • 1990
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Attorney endorsements

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Social Security & Disability Attorney | Feb 07
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer."
Workers compensation Attorney | Jan 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Counselor Ryan is an experienced and effective advocate for his clients."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Phillip Ryan is an extremely knowledgeable disability attorney. He cares about his clients and knows how to help them win their Disability cases"
Social Security & Disability Attorney | Nov 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Ryan is a passionate attorney, well respected in the legal community. He takes a personal approach to disability law and I recommend using him as a representative."
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Oklahoma City Social Security & Disability Lawyer Philip D. Ryan
Philip D. Ryan
Social Security & Disability Attorney
Oklahoma City, OK
Licensed for 37 years
Free Consultation