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Timothy M. Ryan

Founding Shareholder & President

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Timothy Ryan started The Ryan Firm, APC in 2004 and has been practicing in real estate, real estate lending, and business litigation since 1995. Since its inception, The Ryan Firm has represented, and continues to represent, some of the world’s largest lenders and loan servicers.  The Ryan Firm also represents individual investors, specialty loan servicers, business people, foreclosure companies, and others who find themselves in hard-fought litigation – including builders of the most unique and upscale residential and commercial developments in California.   

The Ryan Firm knows when to settle and how to exert the necessary pressure to settle – but is not afraid to try those cases that won’t settle on rational terms.  Deep and thorough initial case evaluations provide a realistic risk roadmap for the Firm's clients and clear strategy for defenses, counter-claims, and optimal resolution. 

During the year prior to the pandemic, The Ryan Firm tried a dozen cases, several of them multi-week jury trials.  The Firm’s appellate practice is second to none with a near perfect record in scores of appeals, including reversals.


Loan servicers, business people, foreclosure companies and investors routinely hire The Ryan Firm when it becomes apparent that their “go to” attorneys are not up to the job.  In some cases, The Ryan Firm has substituted into potential ten-figure liability cases just weeks before trial.  The Ryan Firm is more than comfortable under the most intense litigation pressure.

The Ryan Firm’s unyielding advocacy for its clients was evident during the pandemic years when the Firm recovered possession of nearly $50,000,000 of California real estate for its clients while eviction moratoria at all levels were still in full effect.  The Firm routinely negotiated with various municipalities to reduce post-foreclosure fines from six figures, to zero, or near zero. 

One of The Ryan Firm’s clients, a real estate attorney and CEO of Crown Pointe Estates, LLC, Richard Morris, put it best when he said: 

"Hiring Tim and his firm was one of the best decisions I’ve made in my over 40 years practicing law.  Tim is a beast – the absolute best trial lawyer and litigator I have ever seen.  He is passionate, brilliant, extremely hard working, articulate, measured, aggressive, fearless, terrific on his feet, honest, truthful, hard hitting, highly respected by jurists and opposing counsel and extremely effective.  Whatever it takes, I can guarantee Tim and his team will get the job done for you.  You’ll love him and his firm."

Another of The Ryan Firm’s clients, a major figure in local private equity and high end real estate development compares Mr. Ryan and his team favorably to the “big firms” in this area of practice:

"Having an attorney on your team is part of business.  Having the right attorney on your team makes all the difference.  Tim Ryan and his firm are just that, the right law firm.  After experiencing large law firms on multiple occasions, my experience was consistently the same, higher fees with mediocre results.  After working with Tim and his team now for years, I have come to realize the biggest difference has been the fact that they take a genuine and personal interest in every part of my business.  They excel at focusing on what matters most and delivering results.  They treat everything they do as if it is the most important matter they have, and pour all they have into it.  I have felt like I was their most important client from day one.  Never have I had anyone work harder to get the result I needed.  This quality is rare and almost impossible to find.  I feel fortunate to have found the Ryan Firm and to have them part of my team."

Mr. Ryan received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from California State University, Fullerton in 1988, and was awarded the Laverne F. Graves award in Economics.  Mr. Ryan went on to receive his Juris Doctor degree from McGeorge School of Law at The University of the Pacific, where he was on the Dean's Honor Role. Mr. Ryan received the American Jurisprudence Award for his work in Secured Transactions and clerked for The Modesto Division of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of California.  Mr. Ryan is a member of the California State Bar and is admitted to practice in every State and Federal court in California.  Mr. Ryan practiced at loan servicing defense firms prior to starting The Ryan Firm, APC in July of 2004.

When Mr. Ryan is not busy strategizing with his team, trying cases, or preparing to do so, he enjoys spending time with his wife of 34 years, sailing, surfing, racing bicycles, and learning Italian. 

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