John G. Ryan

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Case Highlights and Depth of Experience

John G. Ryan, Member-Partner, practices primarily in commercial litigation. With 30 plus years of experience, his commercial litigation and business practice has involved a variety of disciplines, including securities, construction law, product liability and contracts. Additionally, Mr. Ryan has extensive trial experience. Mr. Ryan joined Fennemore Craig in 1976 after practicing with White & Case in New York. In 1996, Mr. Ryan became a name partner in the Phoenix firm of Ryan Rapp & Underwood, PLC. Mr. Ryan has an extensive writing background: He was comments editor at the Fordham Law Review, is co-author of Construction Law and Mechanics’ Liens in Arizona, and has authored several articles on construction and litigation-related issues. Mr. Ryan has had the unique opportunity to represent clients in federal and state proceedings in Arizona, Florida, Texas, New York, Hawaii, California, Nevada, Kentucky and Colorado.

With a background in scholastic philosophy, logical thinking allows Mr. Ryan to recognize and solve problems with clarity while utilizing the principles of Aristotelian logic to identify the issue, isolate key facts, and appropriately apply the law.

Get To Know John in His Own Words

“I take the time to recognize the problem, and get it resolved. I help the client to decide exactly what their goal is at the beginning of the case, with the main goal being resolution. As an organized and motivated lawyer, I enjoy a high level of autonomy and responsibility, possessing excellent communication skills and an outgoing and determined personality. I feel blessed with the opportunity to build and maintain positive client relationships and to continue to be challenged in the legal field.”

Professional Experience/Affiliations

  • Rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Arizona Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • Judge Pro Tem
  • Arizona Association of Defense Counsel, Former Director
  • Former Board of Directors Member, St. Mary’s Food Bank
  • Current Board of Directors, Emeritus


  • J.D., Fordham University, 1974
  • STB, Gregorian University, Rome, Italy, 1969
  • B.A., St. Thomas College, 1967

Bar Admissions

  • State and Federal Courts, Arizona
  • State and Federal Courts, New York
  • Second and Ninth Circuit Courts of Appeal

Publications and Presentations

  • Co-author: Construction Law and Mechanics’ Liens (2008)
  • Contributing Author: Arizona Construction Law Practice Manual (2011)
  • Mechanics’ Lien Waiver and Release Problems (Past and Present) (1994)


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