Law Offices of Joseph W. Ryan Jr.

Joseph W. Ryan

For more than forty years, Mr. Ryan has successfully represented clients accused in federal criminal cases, including the defense of charges involving white collar crime.

Mr. Ryan is well-known to the federal and state courts and legal profession for the trial of many newsworthy and notable cases, including the most recent victory before the United States Supreme Court where the client-accountant’s conviction for tax fraud arising out of a highly publicized prosecution was vacated and the indictment dismissed, ending a six year battle in which the client had been acquitted in seven out of eight counts after a jury trial. Other cases include the acquittal of a former stockbroker of Monroe Parker following an eight-week trial before the Westchester County Court and his acquittal of a CPA in the BPA-Nassau County scandal tried before a jury in Central Islip federal court. His clients include Judges, attorneys, accountants, doctors, prosecuting officials, public officials, businessmen and corporations before both State and Federal courts.

Mr. Ryan is the former President of the Nassau County Bar Association, Chair of its Federal Courts Committee and served as a member of the Eastern District of the Federal Courts Panel recommending procedural changes in the Criminal and Civil Rules for the Court. Mr. Ryan previously served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney where he was Deputy Chief of the Criminal Division; Chief of the Fraud Section; and Chief of the Narcotics Section. He served as Assistant Counsel to the Judicial Inquiry of Professional Conduct where he prosecuted judicial removal and attorney disciplinary proceedings.

Mr. Ryan has also been appointed Special District Attorney of Suffolk County by the Supreme Court where he conducted a Grand Jury investigation into allegations of corruption arising out of a car leasing agreement.

Mr. Ryan served as Adjunct Professor at the Touro Law Center where he taught the U.S Attorney Rotation Clinic, enabling students, who are assigned to AUSA’s, to learn real practice skills. Mr. Ryan had previously taught Professional Responsibility at Touro and had lectured at the National Institute for Trial Advocacy at Hofstra University School of Law.

In the Town of Huntington, Mr. Ryan served as Chair of its Ethics Board, Financial Disclosure Board, and Management Salary Citizens Advisory Committee. He is a member of the American Bar Association, New York State Bar Association, Suffolk County Bar Association, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Federal Bar Council, New York Defense Council and Theodore Roosevelt American Inn of Court.

Most recently, Mr. Ryan was appointed by the Surrogate of Nassau County to serve as Court Examiner/Referee to conduct an inquiry into NEWSDAY allegations that an attorney appointed as Permanent Receiver engaged in improper conduct, which inquiry resulted in the attorney’s removal.

Criminal and Civil

Criminal and Civil

We provide expert defense in all phases of federal and state criminal practice, including investigations, plea negotiations, trials, sentencing proceedings, post-conviction relief, and appeals.

Areas of Liability

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We provide defense in disciplinary proceedings against professionals, including attorneys, physicians, accountants, and judges, an area in which Mr. Ryan has previously practiced from the prosecution side.


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We are conveniently located in Suffolk County on Long Island.
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225 Old Country Road
Melville, NY 11747
(631) 629-4968

(631) 629-4969

(631) 629-4970 Fax


In 2016, an attorney was removed as Permanent Receiver of a $15 million dollar charitable foundation for self-dealing. As a result oF NEWSDAY articles suggesting improper conduct, Mr. Ryan was appointed by the Surrogate of Nassau County to conduct an inquiry into the attorney's conduct. That effort resulted in a lengthy decision outlining the reasons for his removal. Matter of Kermit Gitenstein Found. Inc., 2016 N.Y. Misc. LEXIS 3920
In December 2011, a 45-year-old lawyer was acquitted by a federal jury of bank fraud charges arising out of a $16 million dollar loss suffered by a bank on a line-of-credit loan agreement. The prosecution unsuccessfully attempted to connect and convict the lawyer for participating in his client's scheme, in a trial that lasted four weeks before the Brooklyn federal court. More Notable Criminal Cases
In September 2011, a $200,000 settlement was reached on the eve of trial on behalf of an ophthalmologist-client who was the victim of an embezzlement scheme perpetrated by his office manager over a three-year period. The lawsuit, instituted in the Nassau County Supreme Court, was brought against the client's accounting firm which failed to detect the embezzlement scheme. Between the settlement monies and restitution imposed in the criminal proceeding against the embezzler, the client will have recovered his total loss appropriating $300,000. More Notable Civil Cases
$2,5OO,OOO was recovered for the client upon a jury verdict in a personal injury case where the defendant's vehicle struck the client while riding his bicycle in New York City. More Notable Civil Cases
The BPA Case charged eight individuals, including the former Deputy Nassau County Executive with bribery, money laundering and tax fraud before the Federal Court in Central Islip. More Notable Criminal Cases