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About John E. Ryan


After completing a two-year judicial clerkship with Mathew J. Jasen, Senior Associate Judge of
the New York State Court of Appeals and working as an associate attorney at Willkie Farr &
Gallagher and Rivkin Radler, John E. Ryan founded the partnership of Kwiatkowski & Ryan in
1985. He later partnered with John O. Brennan and founded Ryan & Brennan LLP. In 2003, the
firm became known as Ryan, Brennan & Donnelly LLP.


John serves as Special Counsel for numerous municipalities, including the Town of Hempstead,

the Village of Floral Park and East Rockaway, as well as the Town of Hempstead
Industrial Development Agency.


  • ​St. John’s University (B.S., Summa Cum Laude, 1977; J.D., 1980)


Bar Admissions

  • Admitted to bar, 1981

  • New York 1982

  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Southern Districts of New York 1986

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 2nd Circuit 1986

  • U.S. Supreme Court 1988



  • Member, 1978 – 1979 and Managing Editor, 1979 – 1980, St. John’s Law Review

  • Law Clerk, Hon. Matthew J. Jasen, Senior Associate Judge, New York State Court of Appeals, 1980 – 1982

  • AV Peer Review Rated – for the past thirty years- Highest rating from Martindale–Hubbell, Inc.

  • Member: Nassau County and New York State Bar Associations

  • Chairman, Water Authority of Western Nassau County 2008 – Present

  • Village Attorney, Villages of Floral Park, (1999 – Present) and East Rockaway (2011 –Present)

  • Counsel, Town of Hempstead Industrial Development Agency, 1996 – Present

  • Counsel to the Nassau County Bridge Authority

  • Counsel and Co-Chairman of Law Committee, Nassau County Republican Committee,1991 – Present

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