Bill developed lasting relationships with his clients using a simple philosophy: one client at a time. One of Bill’s earliest clients was a local landowner whose property was taken by the state through eminent domain for the New York State Thruway. We still represent the landowner to this day. Loyal clients returned and referred new clients. Bill’s reputation was exemplary, and the seeds of an extraordinary law practice were sown.
By the mid-1960’s, Bill’s practice continued to grow, and he began hiring to keep up with the demand. Dozens of clients became hundreds, then thousands. What began as a one-attorney office became a full-service general practice firm with a group of experienced lawyers and a skilled support staff. Through all the years and growth, the firm philosophy has remained constant: one client at a time.
Like so many of the attorneys he hired into his law practice, Bill was an active community volunteer, serving on the boards of the Benedictine Hospital, the Ulster County Chamber of Commerce, and the Ulster County Bar Association. Bill’s son William J. Ryan, Jr., is now the senior partner at the firm and assumes the legacy begun by his father more than 60 years ago.
We represent clients in multiple practice areas, including: