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Joseph F. Ryan

Joseph F. Ryan

Joseph F. Ryan

Chairman & Chief Executive Officer

Joseph F. Ryan

Chairman & Chief Executive Officer

Joe Ryan is Chief Executive Officer of Brown Rudnick and Chairman of the Firm’s Management Committee.  A senior partner in the Firm’s Litigation & Restructuring Department, he also maintains an active practice representing public and private companies in turnaround and restructuring situations in and out of bankruptcy. 

Joe has represented principal parties in the successful reorganization of businesses in a variety of industries, including airline transportation, biotechnology, chemicals, computer services, energy, health care, manufacturing, real estate, retail and telecommunications.


  • Represented the Official Creditors Committee in the Chapter 11 reorganization of Global Crossing.
  • Represented first lien bondholders in the successful defense of litigation brought by Calpine Corporation before the Delaware Chancery and Supreme Courts seeking to appropriate bondholder collateral.
  • Representing the Official Creditors Committee and the post-reorganization creditor trustee of LyondellBasell in prosecuting fraudulent transfer actions arising out of a pre-Chapter 11 LBO.


  • Selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© in the fields of Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights Law/Insolvency and Reorganization Law and Bankruptcy Litigation


  • Chairman, Brown Rudnick Charitable Foundation


  • Massachusetts
  • Various federal courts including US Supreme Court
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