O'Brien and Ryan, LLP - Attorneys at Law
Daniel F. Ryan III
Daniel F. Ryan III
Email: dryan@obrlaw.com
Main: (610) 834-6240
Fax: (610) 834-1749
   
Assistant: Terri Coletta
Email: tcoletta@obrlaw.com
Main: (610) 834-6249


Dan Ryan co-founded O'Brien & Ryan, LLP in 1986 and serves on its Management Committee.  Dan has tried hundreds of cases in Philadelphia and throughout Pennsylvania in state and federal courts. He has successfully defended hospitals and physicians of virtually every specialty in complex medical negligence litigation. In addition to his representation of physicians, hospitals and health care systems, Dan has served as liaison counsel for medical specialists in consolidated state and multi-district litigation. Dan's practice also includes the defense of attorneys in legal malpractice actions and the mediation of a wide range of major claims and disputes. He has been invited to address the Pennsylvania Conference of State Trial Judges in 2016 on the subject of medical liability litigation.

American College of Trial Lawyers Dan is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. Fellowship in the College is by invitation extended to the top one percent of trial lawyers who have demonstrated exceptional skill as advocates and whose professional careers have been marked by the highest standards of ethical conduct, professionalism and civility.

Dan is past-president of the Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates, and currently serves on its executive committee.  Membership in the American Board of Trial Advocates is by invitation extended to qualified trial attorneys whose careers have been characterized by demonstration of skill, integrity and experience in the special art of advocacy.

Chosen as an Accomplished Leader in the Law by Ten Leaders, Dan was twice designated one of the top 10 lawyers in Pennsylvania by Law and Politics magazine.

Dan has a Peer Review rating 5.0 out of 5 (Preeminent) on Martindale.com.

Practice Areas:

Recent Representative Matters:

Named to Pennsylvania Super Lawyers:

  • 2004
  • 2005 (Top 100 Pennsylvania, Top 100 Philadelphia)
  • 2006 (Top 100 Pennsylvania)
  • 2007 (Top 100 Pennsylvania, Top 100 Philadelphia)
  • 2008 (Top 10 Pennsylvania, Top 100 Philadelphia)
  • 2009 (Top 10 Pennsylvania, Top 100 Philadelphia)
  • 2010 (Top 100 Pennsylvania, Top 100 Philadelphia)
  • 2011 (Top 100 Philadelphia)
  • 2012 (Top 100 Pennsylvania, Top 100 Philadelphia)
  • 2013 (Top 100 Pennsylvania, Top 100 Philadelphia)
  • 2014 (Top 100 Pennsylvania, Top 100 Philadelphia)
  • 2015 (Top 100 Pennsylvania, Top 100 Philadelphia)
  • 2016 (Top 100 Pennsylvania, Top 100 Philadelphia)
  • 2017 (Top 100 Pennsylvania, Top 100 Philadelphia)

In The Media:

Q&A With Daniel Ryan - Article Published in Pennsylvania Super Lawyers 2010

Bar Admissions:

  • Pennsylvania, 1978
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 3d Circuit, 1979
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 8th Circuit, 1982
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1985

Faculty:

  • Trial Advocacy, Villanova University School of Law, 2004 - 2012
  • Temple University School of Law Academy of Advocacy, 2004

Education:

  • Villanova University School of Law, Villanova, Pennsylvania, 1978, J.D.
  • Georgetown University, 1975, A.B.

Published Works:

  • Co-Author, Medical Expert Testimony, The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery (American), 92(15):e24, November 2010
  • Co-Author, Strict Liability Claims Against Health Care Providers in Breast Implant Litigation, 29 Tort and Insurance Law Journal 818 (1994)

Professional Associations and Memberships:

  • Fellow, International Academy of Trial Lawyers (By Invitation)
  • Committee Chair, Georgetown University Alumni Admissions Program, 1985 - Present
  • Board Member, David T. Horn, Jr. Scholarship Fund, 2008 - Present
  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers (By Invitation)
  • Past President, Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates (By Invitation)
  • Philadelphia Area Society for Healthcare Risk Management
  • American Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Montgomery County Bar Association
  • Philadelphia Bar Association

Speaking Engagements:

  • Gaining an Advantage Through Jury Selection, Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association, October 2017
  • Hot Topics in Medical Malpractice for Philadelphia Civil Judges, Philadelphia, PA, March 2017
  • Case Law Update, Philadelphia Area Society for Healthcare Risk Management, Plymouth Meeting, PA, February 2017
  • Winning Techniques at Trial, Including Effective Proof of Damages Under MCare, Pennsylvania Association for Justice, Medical Malpractice Seminar, Philadelphia, PA November 2016
  • Pennsylvania Conference of State Trial Judges, Hershey, Pennsylvania, July 2016
  • The Arbitration of a Hospital-Acquired Pressure Ulcer Lawsuit, Jefferson Health's 2nd Annual Global Pressure Ulcer Prevention Conference, Philadelphia, PA November 2015
  • American College of Physicians, Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter, Young Physician Dinner, Philadelphia, PA April 2015
  • Dispute Resolution Institute, 17th Annual Personal Injury Potpourri CLE, Philadelphia, PA, April 2015
  • Philadelphia Area Society for Healthcare Risk Management, Case Law UpdatePlymouth Meeting, PA, October 2014
  • Thomas Jefferson University, Obstetric Grand Rounds, Philadelphia, PA, February 2014
  • Pennsylvania Association for Justice Master's CLE, Courtroom Strategies to Maximize (or Minimize) Damages in the Catastrophic Injury Case, Philadelphia, PA, December 2013
  • How Lawyers Use ADR in Their Practice, Civil Litigation Section Meeting, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, October 2013
  • Pennsylvania Conference of State Trial Judges, Hershey, Pennsylvania, July 2013
  • Leading the Neurosciences in New Jersey: The Future is Now,Capital Institute for Neurosciences 5th Annual Conference, Atlantic City, NJ, April 2013
  • Pennsylvania Association for Justice, 7th Annual Medical Malpractice Seminar, Philadelphia, PA, October 2012
  • Aria Health Grand Rounds, Philadelphia, PA, October 2012
  • The State of Obstetric Malpractice: Litigation Trends and Beyond, Fourth Annual Philadelphia Prenatal Diagnosis & Obstetrics Conference, Philadelphia, PA May 2012
  • Comprehensive Care of the Neuroscience Patient, Capital Institute for Neurosciences 4th Annual Conference, Atlantic City, NJ, May 2012
  • Medical Malpractice Considerations with Medical Records, Electronic and Otherwise, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Department of Otolaryngology Grand Rounds, Philadelphia, PA, May 2012
  • The Use of Mediation and Arbitration in Medical Malpractice Cases, Pennsylvania Association for Justice, Medical Malpractice Seminar, Philadelphia, PA, April 2012
  • Pennsylvania's New Joint and Several Liability Law, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Philadelphia, PA, August 2011
  • Risk Avoidance: Myths vs. Realities, Malpractice Responsibility: Yours, Mine, Ours Conference, Philadelphia, PA, April 2011
  • Current Issues in Medical Malpractice, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Philadelphia, PA, February 2011
  • Legal Concerns in Management of Stroke Patients, Trends in Stroke Care Conference, Reading, PA, October 2010
  • Legal Aspects of Stroke, Capital Region Stroke Symposium, October 2010
  • Legal Perspective on the Medical Care of the Neurovascular Patient in NJ, Capital Health 2nd Annual Comprehensive Care of the Neurovascular Patient in New Jersey Conference, Atlantic City, NJ, April 2010
  • "Beyond Medical Liability Reform: Keeping Our House in Order", American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons 2010 Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA, March 2010
  • 6th Annual Evidence & Technology Spine Summit, Steamboat Springs, CO, January 2010
  • Stroke Quintessentials – From Clinical Care to Legal Aspects Conference, The Reading Hospital and Medical Center, September 2009
  • 8th Annual Advanced Forum on Preventing, Managing and Defending Claims of Obstetric Malpractice, Philadelphia, PA, June 2009
  • 122nd Annual Meeting of the American Orthopaedic Association, Bonita Springs, FL, June 2009
  • 10 Best and Worst Things Trial Lawyers do in the Courtroom, CLE Program, May 2009
  • Current Care of the Neurovascular Patient in NJ: What You Need to Know, Stroke & Cerebrovascular Center of New Jersey, April 2009
  • Fifth Annual Emerging Technologies Spine Education Summit, Steamboat Springs, CO, February 2009
  • 6th Annual Interclerkship Day, Jefferson School of Health Policy and Population Health, January 2009
  • Current Issues in Medical Malpractice Seminar, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, November 2008
  • Invited J. Aitken Meigs Medical Association Annual Dinner, January 2008
  • Current Issues in Medical Malpractice, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, December 2007
  • Medico-Legal Roundtable, "Lawyers, Guns, Money and Medicine," reprinted in Cataract and Refractive Surgery Today, Feb. 2007 Supplement
  • Current Issues in Medical Malpractice, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, December 2006
  • Refractive IOL Symposium, Aspen, CO, 2006
  • Bad Faith Litigation, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, 2006
  • Refractive IOL Symposium, Scottsdale, AZ, 2006
  • Philadelphia Bar Association Bench-Bar Conference, 2006
  • Emerging Medical Liability Issues in Bucks County, Bucks County Medical Society Annual Dinner, 2006
  • Wrongful Death & Minors' Action, PaTLA Seminar, 2006
  • Physician Insurance Association of America Meeting, 2005
  • Fox Chase Cancer Center, Effect of Statutory Changes, 2005
  • Trial of a Medical Malpractice Case, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, 2005
  • Medical Malpractice, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, 2004
  • Evidence for the Trial Lawyer, Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association, 2004
  • Preventing Legal Malpractice Claims and Ethics Complaints in Your Law Practice, 2004
  • Successful Trial Techniques, Philadelphia Association of Defense Counsel, 2004
  • Mediation, Jefferson University Physicians Risk Management Committee, 2004
  • Medical Malpractice Mediation and Arbitration, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, 2004
  • Nursing Home Malpractice in Pennsylvania, National Business Institute, 2004
  • The Academy of Advocacy of Temple University, 2004
  • Medical Malpractice Mediation and Arbitration, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, 2004
  • Recent Legislative Developments and Amendments to the Pennsylvania Rules of Civil Procedure, Philadelphia Bar Association, 2004
  • Medical Malpractice Litigation, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, 2003
  • Anesthesia Grand Rounds: Impact of Recent Legislation on Medical Malpractice Litigation, Drexel University College of Medicine, 2003
  • Recent Legislative Developments, Pennsylvania Conference of State Trial Judges, 2003
  • Medical Malpractice Reform, Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association, 2003
  • Jury Selection, Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association, 2003
  • Litigation Issues Seminar for Physicians' Assistants, Hahnemann Hospital, 2002
  • Medical Malpractice Insurance: The New Legislation, Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association, 2002
  • MCARE Statutory Requirements, JCAHO and the Pennsylvania Code: Experience at Trial, Thomas Jefferson University, Grand Rounds, Departments of Radiology, Neurology, Emergency, Family Medicine, OB/GYN, Surgery Otolaryngology, Neurosurgery, Urology, Dermatology, Rehabilitation, and Pathology, 2002
  • New Legislation, Thomas Jefferson University, 2002
  • Tough Problems in Medical Malpractice, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, 2002
  • Physician Strategies to Reduce Risk in the Current Medical Liability Environment, Reading Hospital, 2002
  • Medical Liability and Reduction of Error Act of 2002, Thomas Jefferson University, 2002
  • Disclosure of Unanticipated Outcomes under JCAHO Standards and House Bill 1802, Fox Chase Cancer Center, 2002
  • Philadelphia Area Society for Healthcare Risk Management, Case Law Update, Plymouth Meeting, PA, February 2017
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