Ryan has come to Chittenden, Murday & Novotny LLC with over a decade of experience as a trial attorney representing clients in a variety of matters. Ryan focuses his practice on insurance and tort litigation matters, including life insurance recission and interpleader cases, STOLI litigation, ERISA-related claims litigation, and the defense of tort claims in state and federal courts across the country.



  • JD, The John Marshall Law School (Now the University of Illinois at Chicago Law School), 2010.  Ryan was an Editorial Board Member of the Journal of Computer and Information Law, then the only Journal at John Marshall to which the Supreme Court of the United States maintained a subscription.  He was honored to prosecute misdemeanor cases to verdict as a summer intern with the DuPage County State’s Attorney’s Office under a Rule 711 license and to have also served as a Judicial Extern for the Honorable Judge Ronald F. Bartkowicz in the Law Division of Cook County Circuit Court. Ryan was awarded prestigious CALI awards in both Insurance Law and Advanced Tort Law for achieving the highest marks among his peers in those courses.
  • B.A., University of Illinois at Chicago, 2006.


Ryan is licensed to practice in Illinois, the U.S. District Courts for Northern and Central Districts of Illinois, and the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin.

Practice Highlights

Litigating for more than a decade, Ryan has achieved favorable verdicts for his clients in cases across a variety of practice areas. He has won verdicts as a prosecutor, representing plaintiffs, and on behalf of defendants. In 2018, Ryan was an integral part of a trial team that obtained a defense verdict for a large institutional client in a wrongful death case seeking a seven-figure verdict in the Cook County Circuit Court. He has represented many large institutional clients and leaders in several industries and has been awarded summary judgment or prevailed on motions to dismiss in dozens of such cases.