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Jerri A. Ryan

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Pittsburgh

One Oxford Centre
301 Grant St, 14th Floor
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
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Education
J.D., Notre Dame Law School, Notre Dame, Indiana, 1997, Notes Editor, Journal of College and University Law
B.A., University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana, 1994, English and Computer Applications; Phi Beta Kappa; Summa Cum Laude; Studied Abroad; Notre Dame London Programme, Fall 1992
State Bar Licenses
Pennsylvania
California
Court Admissions
U.S. Court of Appeals, 3rd Circuit
U.S. District Ct., W.D. of Pennsylvania
U.S. District Ct., S.D. of California
U.S. District Ct., C.D. of California
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Jerri A. Ryan

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Jerri A. Ryan co-chairs the Firm’s Litigation Practice Group. Jerri was named one of the Best Lawyers in America, one of the Top 50 Super Lawyers in Pittsburgh and one of the Top 50 Women Super Lawyers in Pennsylvania. Jerri has represented clients in a wide variety of litigation and appellate matters in federal and state courts in Pennsylvania and California, including matters involving contractual and commercial disputes, partnership and corporate officer and director disputes (including those involving asset and stock purchase agreements), mineral and gas right disputes, trust and estate law issues, liquor license law, breaches of non-competition agreements and injunctive relief.

She practices in the area of corporate and commercial litigation and is admitted to practice before the courts of Pennsylvania, California and the United States District Courts for the Western District of Pennsylvania, the Southern District of California and the Central District of California, as well as the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

Jerri is a member of the firm's E-Discovery and Records Management Committee and has advised clients and given numerous presentations on issues surrounding electronically-stored information, as well as written on the subject.

Jerri is a member of the Executive Committee of Junior Achievement of Western Pennsylvania, Inc. Jerri began her legal career with Clark Hill Thorp Reed in 1997 and was with the firm through 1998. Following several years of practicing in San Diego, California and living abroad in Japan, Jerri rejoined the firm in 2005.

Jerri was selected for inclusion in Pennsylvania Super Lawyers-Rising Stars Edition, 2010, 2011 and 2012, and Pennsylvania Super Lawyers, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018.

Publications/Presentations

  • Co-author of a chapter entitled “Admissibility of Electronically Stored Information” in eDiscovery, 3rd Edition, published by PBI Press, 2014 and 4th Edition, 2017.
  • Co-author of a chapter entitled “Admissibility of Electronically Stored Information” in eDiscovery published by PBI Press, 2008, updated 2011.
  • Speaker, “Expert Opinions in Environmental Litigation: A Daubert Update,” Energy & Mineral Law Foundation Annual Institute, Amelia Island, Florida, May 2010.
  • “Pennsylvania Supreme Court Upholds Validity of Gas Leases Permitting Deduction of Post-Production Costs when Calculating Royalties,” Communiqué, March 2010.
  • “Making Heads or Tails of Oil and Gas Instruments,” Communiqué, December 2009.
  • Presenter, "Litigation Holds: Understanding the Duty to Preserve Electronic Records," Thorp Reed & Armstrong Webcast, February 24, 2009.
  • "California Courts Will Not Enforce Waiver of Right to Jury Trial Obtained Pre-Litigation," Communiqué, January 2006.
  • Co-author of an article entitled "Expert Opinions in Environmental Litigation: A Daubert Update," (published by the Energy & Mineral Law Foundation).
  • Various client and in-house presentations on E-Discovery, litigation holds, and the Rules of Civil Procedure and security issues pertaining to electronically-stored information.
Awards/Achievements
Top 50: 2017 Women Pennsylvania Super Lawyers
Pennsylvania Super Lawyer, 2014-2017
Pennsylvania Super Lawyers, Rising Star, 2010-2012
2019 Best Lawyer in America - Commercial Litigation
Memberships
Director, Executive Committee, Junior Achievement of Western Pennsylvania, Inc.
Allegheny County Bar Association
Pennsylvania Bar Association
Past Member, Allegheny County Bar Association Judiciary Committee
Past Member, Okinawa Bench-Bar Association and Okinawa International Women’s Association while living in Japan
Experiences
Represented corporations in product liability cases resulting in alleged injuries to consumers
Represented numerous clients in injunction matters, successfully enjoining breaches of agreements
Represented officers and directors in alleged breach of fiduciary duty cases
Represented coal, oil and gas companies in disputes with landowners and operators
Represented numerous sporting event associations in conjunction with liquor license issues and the protection of intellectual property rights
Represent numerous clients in breach of contract disputes involving complex and sophisticated business issues
Represented numerous clients in probate court involving trust and estate litigation
Represented numerous clients in accounting malpractice cases, both as plaintiff’s counsel and as defense counsel
Represented manufacturer in international contract dispute in federal court, successfully opposing the defendant's attempt to compel the matter to arbitration and achieving the affirmance of the U.S. Court of Appeal for the Third Circuit Court upon appeal.
Represented various manufacturers in multi-state, toxic tort class actions
Represented public entity, police department and individual police officers in two-week trial involving civil rights and wrongful death claims, resulting in defense verdict on all counts
Represented public entity and associated police force in matter involving claims of excessive force
Represented international power producer in litigation brought by state attorney general resulting in dismissal of claims
Represented public entity in construction dispute involving multiple contractors and subcontractors
Represented banking institution in check presentment warranty case resulting in dismissal of institution
Represented consumer in Truth-in-Lending Act matter in federal court against card issuer
Advised financial institution regarding appeal involving U.C.C. Article 3 and 4 matters
Represented financial institutions in Orphans Court matters involving trustee's alleged breach of fiduciary duty
Represented law firm in its defense of a matter involving an underlying court matter in Mexico
Represented various law firms against claims of breach of fiduciary duty, fraud, civil conspiracy, breach of contract, negligence, malicious prosecution and securities fraud
Represented international law firm in its defense of a matter involving a multi-million dollar real estate project, resulting in summary judgment for law firm
Represented law firm against claims brought by the Federal Trade Commission seeking to recover legal fees allegedly paid with tainted funds