Born in Troy, New York on December 13, 1956, Mr. Ryan is the oldest of five children raised by William F. Ryan, Sr. and Mary D. Ryan. His youth was spent in Albany, New York attending grammar school there and always looking to participate in athletic contests that the capital city had to offer at its various playgrounds. Mr. Ryan graduated Cum Laude from The Albany Academy in 1975. While a student at the Academy, Mr. Ryan lettered in varsity baseball for three years and was captain of the baseball team during his senior year.
The next seven years brought Mr. Ryan to both New York City and London, England. After graduating from The Albany Academy, Mr. Ryan enrolled at Fordham University and graduated from that esteemed Jesuit institution in 1979, Phi Beta Kappa and Summa Cum Laude. During his junior year at Fordham, Mr. Ryan participated in the junior year abroad program and studied at the London School of Economics, an experience that still glows like burning coal within the recesses of his mind.
Fordham University School of Law welcomed Mr. Ryan in 1979. He graduated from this premier law school in 1982 and was the recipient of the Ahearn Scholarship during his senior year there. After graduation from Fordham University School of Law he returned to Albany, New York where he initially became associated with the law firm of Tabner and Carlson, a predecessor to the firm, Tabner, Ryan & Keniry, LLP. He has remained with that law firm since 1982 and is now Senior Partner.
His areas of practice include Education Law, representing school districts throughout the Capital District region and as far north as Lake George, New York; representing plaintiffs in personal injury litigation; municipal defense primarily in the practice area of tax certiorari litigation defending towns; establishing water and sewer districts for those towns wishing to provide municipal water and sewer to their constituents; and commercial litigation. In addition, Mr. Ryan is counsel to the New York State Association of School Business Officials.
Mr. Ryan has attained notable accomplishments, securing multiple recoveries for plaintiffs in excess of $1,000,000. Recent successes include two wrongful death cases with recoveries in the amounts of $925,000.00 and $600,000.00, and a successful defense of the Town of Ulster of its tax assessment on an industrial parcel of real property.
In addition to his employment, Mr. Ryan is also involved in the community. A former Trustee for the Albany Public Library, Mr. Ryan now serves on the Board of Directors for the Police Athletic League in Albany, New York; the Finance Committee for the Church of All Saints; and is a Trustee of the Albany Institute of History and Art. Mr. Ryan volunteers as a Eucharistic Minister at the Church of All Saints and at St. Peter’s Hospital.
Fordham University School of Law, New York, New York, 1982, J.D.
Honors: Phi Beta Kappa
Fordham University, London School of Economics, New York, New York, 1979, B.A. Economics, Summa Cum Laude
PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS AND MEMBERSHIPS
Albany County Bar Association, 1984 – 1986
Member, Real Property Committee
New York State Bar Association, Trial Section
New York State Trial Lawyers Association
American Trial Lawyers Association
Supreme Court, Appellate Division Third Judicial Department Committee on Professional Standards
Member, June 28, 2013 – present
Members of the Committee on Professional Standards are appointed by the Justices of the Supreme Court, Appellate Division Third Judicial Department.
Supreme Court, Appellate Division Third Judicial Department Committee on Character and Fitness
Member, 2003 – Present
Members of the Committee on Character and Fitness are appointed by the Justices of the Supreme Court, Appellate Division Third Judicial Department. The committee investigates the character and fitness of applicants for admission to the practice of law in the State of New York.
Albany Law School Inns of Court
New York State School Boards Association
AV Rated by Martindale Hubbell
Upstate New York Super Lawyer – Schools & Education
Albany Institute of History and Art
Member, Board of Trustees
Albany Public Library Board of Trustees (Past member)
Police Athletic League, Albany, New York
Member, Board of Directors
Finance Committee, Church of All Saints
PAST EMPLOYMENT POSITIONS
Town of Knox, Town Attorney, 1992 – 1993
Town of Rensselaerville, Town Attorney, 2006 – 2007
William F. Ryan, Jr. bio.