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Daniel R. Ryan


Daniel R. Ryan


Dan joined Smith Sovik in 2006 after working as an Assistant Corporation Counsel with the New York City Law Department. There he handled cases involving alleged violations of civil rights by the NYPD and Department of Corrections. These cases were handled exclusively in federal court, and Dan’s first trial victory involved allegations of excessive force and unlawful arrest by a pair of NYPD patrol officers. The case was tried in the Southern District of New York. After hearing the case, the jury deliberated for less than half an hour before finding in favor of the defendants.

Dan then transitioned to prosecuting juvenile sex offenders in Bronx County Family Court. As a member of the Sex Crimes Prosecution Unit, Dan worked with NYPD detectives to investigate and prosecute juvenile offenders who committed sex crimes against other juveniles. These difficult and volatile cases were tried in front of a single Family Court Judge and resulted in numerous convictions.

Dan then moved on to work as a litigation associate in a large firm located in New York City. There he handled general negligence, medical malpractice, nursing home negligence and complex tort litigation.

At Smith Sovik, where he became a partner in 2011, Dan handles numerous complex cases involving municipal liability, medical malpractice, general liability, and professional malpractice. Dan regularly represents clients in federal and state courts. Dan also has appeared for clients in administrative hearings before the New York State Office of Professional Discipline and Office of Professional Medical Conduct where he has successfully defended doctors, dentists, social workers and other licensed professionals against claims of negligence and misconduct.

Dan has a proven record of success at trial in all types of lawsuits and has been recognized annually since 2014 on the Upstate New York Super Lawyers List for Personal Injury Defense.



  • Albany Law School of Union University, J.D., 1999
  • Siena College, B.A., Cum Laude, 1996


  • Admitted to practice before all Courts of the State of New York, all U.S. District Courts of New York and the Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals


  • New York State Bar Association
  • Onondaga County Bar Association

Daniel R. Ryan
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