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Areas of Practice

  • New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York

B.A., cum laude, University at Buffalo, State University of New York

J.D., SUNY Buffalo Law School

Ryan's practice involves advising school districts and other educational institutions on a wide range of state and federal legal issues, including the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), among other statutes and regulations that affect how schools educate children.

He is well known in New York State for his work on special education law issues and has served on a statewide panel to discuss special education reform. Ryan has been quoted in numerous magazines and publications regarding special education issues, and has given presentations on a state and national level. He has successfully represented school districts in hundreds of administrative and court proceedings under the IDEA and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.

Ryan has also represented schools in a variety of other legal matters. He has handled employee discipline matters under section 3020-a of the education law and has defended schools on various claims concerning student bullying, residency/homelessness, and student discipline. He has handled numerous claims regarding the Freedom of Information Law, and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).


  • Volunteer Lawyers Project 2004 Pro Bono Recognition Award



Social Media

Ryan contributed to the archived Hodgson Russ SchoolNET blog. His entries can be found on the Publications page.

Professional Associations

  • New York School Boards Association
  • Council of School Attorneys
  • National School Boards Association
  • Education Law Association

Community & Pro Bono

Ryan has been involved with the Volunteer Lawyers Project in assisting families obtain 17A guardianship, and served as a mentor for SUNY Buffalo Law School. He previously was a member of the United Way Speakers' Bureau.