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Boutique financial, corporate, and real estate litigation practice with a true team environment

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The Ryan Firm, APC was formed in July of 2004, by Timothy M. Ryan after leaving Dreyfuss, Ryan & Weifenbach.  The Firm is a litigation-only boutique firm assisting financial institutions, property managers, real estate developers and investors in all manner of litigation – from partnership disputes, to employment claim defense, to wrongful foreclosure defense, mortgage servicing defense (state statutes and TILA, HOEPA, and RESPA both as individual claims, and class actions). Additionally, The Ryan Firm serves as quasi in-house litigation counsel for mid-sized companies in order to manage litigation across the United States.  The Ryan Firm is admitted to practice in both California and Nevada – and practices before nearly every state and federal court in the state of California (including most bankruptcy divisions).


The Firm specializes in creating risk for plaintiffs to give our defendant clients a measure of control in cases wherein they would otherwise simply be reacting to the strategy of the plaintiff.  An interesting scenario in which this strategy was employed was in litigation wherein the Firm represented a property owner against which the City of San Bernardino had levied substantial fines without due process of the law.  The Firm sued the City of San Bernardino in federal court on behalf of its client, including a B&P § 17200 claim for all similarly situated clients.  (BONY Mellon v. City of San Bernardino, et. al. 5:16-cv-00855.)  The lawsuit was strategically filed to coincide with the City’s attempt to emerge from bankruptcy – yielding an immediate (de minimis) settlement.  The strategy of our firm in creating risk for the plaintiff is simply unmatched.


The Firm also uses unconventional litigation strategies to eliminate matters at the earliest opportunity, with liberal use of California Code of Civil Procedure § 128.7 and Federal Rule of Civil Procedure, Rule 11, and Federal Rule of Bankruptcy Court, Rule 9011 to significant effect.  The Firm routinely employs these statutes to eliminate cases well before a summary judgment motion can be brought.  


If the time ultimately arrives to stand in front of twelve people, and answer “ready”, you will be glad that you hired The Ryan Firm.  Its trial preparation and presentation are second to none.


The Ryan Firm appellate practice has a nearly unblemished record, with several reversals to its credit.  The most notable matter in the Firm’s appellate history is Secrest v. SN Servicing, (167 Cal.App.4th 544) wherein the Firm’s advocacy yielded a decision that forced an update to California real estate treatises and required noted treatise Miller & Starr on Real Estate to reverse its guidance on a key issue.

Who Are We?


We are committed litigators, who absolutely love what we do – solving problems for clients and finding litigation leverage where none seems to exist.  We are:


Timothy M. Ryan:  Principal, admitted to practice in 1995;


Andrew J. Mase, admitted to practice in 2014 (licensed in CA and NV.);


Michael W. Stoltzman, admitted to practice in 2009 (licensed in CA and NV.);


Rosty G. Gore, admitted to practice in 2011.


Katherine K. Meleski, admitted to practice in 2004.

Steven L. Rader, admitted to practice in 1997.

Matthew H. Aguirre, admitted to practice in 2010.

William M. Brockschmidt, admitted to practice in 1996.

Paul J. Kurtzhall, admitted to practice in 2009.

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