Law Offices of Joseph W. Ryan Jr.

Firm Description

We are counsel to the profession, corporations and individual litigants in a wide range of sensitive and sophisticated areas of criminal and civil liability.

What Makes Us Unique
Offering a unique combination of expertise and experience, Joseph W. Ryan, a former federal prosecutor and highly respected presence in courthouses and halls of government, has been trying, negotiating and settling sensitive and complex matters for over forty years.

Mr. Ryan, has been appointed by the Honorable Raymond J. Dearie, Chief Judge for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York to serve on the Magistrate Selection Committee. The Committee conducts a merit-selection process for candidates who apply for U.S.Magistrate/Judge vacancies on the court, and makes its recommendation to the Board of Judges. Four vacancies were filled in 2004 and 2005.

We are also unique in offering this significant federal and urban experience from a Long Island locale that facilitates handling matters in the newly opened federal courthouse in Central Islip. We hold ourselves available, for this purpose, to reasonable attorney referral fees on a case-by-case basis.

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