Patrick M. Ryan
University of Notre Dame Law School, J.D., 1999
University of Arizona, B.A. 1996 (magna cum laude, with honors)
Patrick Ryan, Principal and Co-Chair of Antitrust practice group, litigates cases throughout the United States and concentrates his practice on a cross section of complex commercial litigation, antitrust, class action, false advertising, intellectual property, anti-counterfeiting/supply chain, regulatory, and constitutional matters. Over the last 15 years, Patrick has successfully litigated numerous matters on for major corporate clients, as both defendants and plaintiffs, from a variety of industries, including manufacturing, automotive, software, healthcare, retail, biotech, and real estate. Patrick has federal and state courtroom experience, including both bench and jury trials, as well as experience with critical law-and-motion matters. He also appears before both federal and state appellate courts.
In Global Competition Review (3 July 2013), Paul Ortiz, then a senior in-house attorney at Cisco, said, “I have worked closely with Patrick Ryan on numerous complex litigation matters, including antitrust matters; he is creative, attentive, and brilliant. Patrick knows his clients’ business goals and always finds a way to achieve them whether through settlement or litigation victory.”
In addition to litigating high-stakes cases for major corporate clients, Patrick provides in-depth business-centric counseling to clients in the areas of general commercial litigation, antitrust, class action, and anti-counterfeiting. He gets to know a client’s business and finds a way to substantially mitigate litigation risk while at the same time helping the client improve its bottom line. Patrick is known for being an excellent crisis manager who has led collaborative teams of dozens of lawyers across multiple law firms to achieve success for an industry or a group of clients. Patrick also works with client legal and business teams, as well as industry consultants, to solve critical problems and efficiently manage crisis situations so that the client can achieve its business goals, greatly mitigate risk and sometimes even avoid regulatory or litigation exposure before it happens. For example, he has anticipated potential risk for clients in the areas of antitrust and class action and has worked with clients to mitigate such risk, or in some instances, eliminate the risk before a lawsuit is filed, saving clients tens of millions in potential lost damages and attorney fees. Patrick is a people person who communicates just as effectively one-on-one with opposing counsel and governmental officials, as he does with judges and juries in the courtroom. This enables Patrick to resolve situations creatively and quickly.
Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Ryan was a Partner and Chairman of Jeffer, Mangels, Butler & Mitchell, LLP Antitrust group in San Francisco. And before joining JMBM, Patrick was a partner in the commercial litigation and antitrust practice groups of two global law firms—Winston & Strawn LLP and Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP. Patrick led the client team that received the 2011 commercial litigation law firm of the year award from a major electronics manufacturing company and has led joint-defense teams representing dozens of large manufacturing companies accused of price fixing, among other things. in 2013, Patrick moved to a smaller platform, so that he could take on more affirmative claim work with fewer conflicts and be able to provide more flexible fee structures to clients.
While at the University of Notre Dame Law School, Patrick was the co-captain of the National Moot Court Trial Team and received the International Academy of Trial Lawyers Award for Distinguished Achievement in Oral Advocacy and the Weber Moot Court Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Art of Oral Argument. He was also research assistant to G. Robert Blakey (former Notre Dame professor and author of the RICO statute).