Mr Ryan is a recent past president of the International Association of Defense Counsel (2010) and a former Board member of the DRI and Lawyers for Civil Justice (2009-2012). He has chaired the Publications Division of the ABA Section of Litigation (2005-2009), and served as Editor in Chief of Litigation News (2000-2002)..
In 2002, the National Law Journal honored Ryan by selecting a case he won before a Cleveland jury as the most impressive defense verdict of the year.
Ryan headed the IADC's Trial Academy at Stanford Law School in 2006. He has taught and written extensively about litigation and trial topics.