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    Attorney Ryan A. O’Neill, a Partner of the Firm, is a member in good standing of the State Bars of Connecticut and New York. Since joining the firm in 2008, Ryan has taken the lead on some of the Firm’s most complex and sensitive cases in all areas of the Firm’s legal practice, including criminal defense, civil litigation, employment law and appeals. As Chairman of the Firm’s Trial, Major Felony & DWI Practice Groups, Ryan regularly appears before Connecticut, New York, and Federal trial courts and administrative agencies, where he successfully tries cases and argues critical legal motions. Ryan has also argued before the appellate courts of Connecticut, New York, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

    Ryan’s Standout Work**

    • In 2010, Ryan flew to Kosovo for the Firm as part of the legal team which successfully vindicated Kosovo’s Minister of Transportation in the face of corruption allegations (Stamford Lawyers Fly to Kosovo).
    • In 2011, Ryan obtained summary judgment on behalf of several corporate defendants in a multi-million dollar employment dispute, winning the dismissal of thirteen claims. In 2012, the judgment was upheld by New York’s Appellate Division, after Ryan successfully argued the matter on appeal (Bizjak v. Gramercy Capital Corp. et. al, 95 A.D.3d 469, 944 N.Y.S.2d 57 (N.Y.A.D. 1st Dept. 2012).
    • In 2012, Ryan led the Firm’s efforts at trial in winning a $200,000 decision on behalf of an employee in a breach of contract action/severance dispute against his former employer (Lowe v. Brescome Barton, Inc., FST-CV11-6010884-S).
    • In 2013, Ryan delivered the closing argument at a pre-judgment remedy hearing where the Stamford Superior Court awarded a $450,000 prejudgment remedy attachment of assets in a case alleging a decade of domestic violence physical and emotional abuse.
    • In 2014, Ryan won a libel, slander and defamation trial in Stamford Superior Court by proving that certain statements made about the Firm’s client were false and damaging to her reputation. (Kaiser v. Zilkha, et. al., FST-CV09-5012425-S).
    • In 2015, Ryan won a $1,325,000 verdict in a dispute arising from a real estate development project. The jury found all issues in favor of the Firm’s clients, including on the counterclaims brought against them. (Seven Oaks Enterprises, LP, et al. v. Sherry Devito, FST-CV10-6005066-S).

    **Previous representative matters or past successes do not indicate future settlement amounts of success

    After graduating from James Madison University in Virginia in 2004, Ryan earned his law degree with honors in 2008 at the Quinnipiac University School of Law. While at Quinnipiac, Ryan served as the President of the Mock Trial Honor Society. There, Ryan was part of the New England regional championship team at the 2008 National Trial Competition, and was awarded best individual advocate. Upon graduating law school, Ryan earned a number of academic awards, including the CLEA Outstanding Student Award given to the student at each law school who excels most in clinical legal work.

    Since joining the Firm, Ryan has continued to pursue his passion for trial advocacy as a student, teacher, and mentor, all while working full-time. In May 2014, Ryan earned a LL.M. (Masters of Law) Degree in Trial Advocacy with honors from Temple University School of Law. Ryan is also an adjunct professor at Quinnipiac University School of Law, where he serves as a trial instructor for Quinnipiac’s award-winning mock trial program

    Ryan is bilingual in Spanish, and leads the Firm’s representation on matters involving Spanish-speaking clients.

    Professional & Bar Association Memberships

    • State of Connecticut Member Since: 2008
    • State of New York Member Since: 2009
    • United States Second Circuit Court of Appeals
    • United States District Court, District of Connecticut
    • United States District Court, District of Connecticut Bankruptcy Court
    • The Fairfield County Bar Association


    • Connecticut Rising Star – Super Lawyers Magazine, Criminal Defense 2012, 2015, 2016*
    • Top Attorneys in Connecticut – Connecticut Magazine 2013
    • Connecticut Top 100 Trial Lawyers – The National Trial Lawyers, 2014

    *Super Lawyers is a commercial publication, for information on how recipients are selected click here.

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