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Patrick T. Ryan
Philadelphia Office

123 South Broad Street
Avenue of the Arts
Philadelphia, PA 19109

P: 215-772-7563
F: 215-731-3917

Biography

Patrick T. Ryan’s practice emphasizes commercial litigation, antitrust matters, the defense of class actions and collective actions, the defense of professional liability claims, and business litigation involving claims asserted under the federal RICO statute.

Prior to joining Montgomery McCracken in 1983, Pat served as a judicial clerk for the Honorable Joseph L. McGlynn, Jr., of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

He was active for many years (1985-91 and 1997-2001) in the firm’s summer associate program, serving as co-chair of the summer program for several summers. From 1992 to 1994, he was one of the firm’s hiring partners.

Selected Representations

  • Microsoft Corporation in various federal and state court actions involving consumer protection and indirect-purchaser antitrust class action claims
  • A major financial institution in commercial litigation matters
  • Two yellow pages publishers in cases involving contract, defamation and other commercial claims – including the successful defense, in a three-day jury trial, of a case alleging that a yellow pages advertisement was defamatory
  • A manufacturing company in a Fair Labor Standards Act case alleging unpaid overtime compensation
  • An accounting firm in auditor liability litigation
  • The president judge of a court of common pleas in a civil rights class action
  • A suburban manufacturing company in a trade name infringement action against former company officers – culminating in a successful verdict and award of damages after a seven-day jury trial
  • State officials in a Medicaid and disabilities law class action
  • State officials in an individual civil rights action alleging violation of a developmentally disabled person’s constitutional right to interstate travel
  • State officials in preparing and filing an amicus curiae (“friend of the court”) brief in the Supreme Court of the United States in the case Safeco v. Burr, No. 06-84 & 06-100, involving the interpretation and application of the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act

Selected Publications

Selected Speaking Engagements

  • Civil RICO Basics – Views from the Bench and Bar, Philadelphia Bar Association (March 2004)
  • RICO Made Easy, Philadelphia Bar Association (September 2000)
  • Antitrust Fundamentals, American Bar Association, Section of Antitrust Law, Philadelphia Bar Education Center (May 1995)

Community Involvement

  • Served on the board of trustees of Holy Family University since 2009
  • Served on the board of directors of the Historical Society of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania since 2010

Professional Activities & Achievements

  • Member of the American, Pennsylvania and Philadelphia Bar Associations
  • Certified as a court-appointed arbitrator in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas

Academic Achievements

Pat graduated magna cum laude with an A.B. in History from Harvard College in 1979. As an undergraduate, he participated in the intercollegiate track and cross-country programs. He earned a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1982.