Claudia A. Ryan

Claudia A. Ryan

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Employment & Labor Attorney in Albany, NY

Towne, Ryan & Partners, P.C.
 | 450 New Karner Road, Albany, NY 12212
Phone: 518-452-1800
Fax: 518-452-6435
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2010 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1980
Education: Albany Law School
Practice Areas:
  • Employment & Labor: Employer (40%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Defense (30%),
  • Insurance Coverage (30%)
Attorney Profile

Claudia A. Ryan is a founding partner and President of Towne, Ryan & Partners, P.C., Upstate New York’s largest certified WBE law firm.  As a practicing attorney for nearly 36 years, Ms. Ryan has established a reputation of success as a trial attorney and concentrates her legal practice in the areas of insurance defense, including premises liability and products liability; defense of municipalities and school districts; and employment and civil rights matters.  She is recognized across New York State and the Region as a leader in the employment practices field and enjoys a long established reputation for success across a broad client base which includes several municipalities, school districts, automobile dealerships and other employers, large and small.

In 1980, Ms. Ryan started her career in private practice handling union matters for the Public Employees Federation (PEF) including strike hearings across the State for the civilian employees at the major correctional facilities, which were the result of the 1979 strike of Council 82.  Her first assignment on this project sent her straight into Attica and, after the strike hearings ended, Ms. Ryan handled PEF’s disciplinary matters on a statewide basis. 

Ms. Ryan then joined another area law firm where she became partner in 1987 and was one of the attorneys handling the representation of the Civil Service Employees Union (CSEA) in grievances, disciplines and other employment related matters.  Before Towne, Ryan & Partners, Ms. Ryan was a founding partner of a women-owned law firm, formed in 1995, dedicated primarily to defense litigation on behalf of insurance carriers and self-insured entities.  As such, she handled numerous municipal cases as well as defended various municipalities regarding claims made against police agencies including excessive force claims.

In December 2009, Ms. Ryan co-founded Towne, Ryan & Partners, P.C. where she currently focuses her practice on insurance defense, including premises liability and products liability; defense of municipalities and school districts; and employment and civil rights matters.

About Claudia Ryan

Admitted: 1980, New York

Professional Webpage:


  • Selected to The Best Lawyers in America© 2018 list , Labor Law - Union and Litigation – Labor and Employment, 2018
  • Selected as Best Lawyers® 2017 “Lawyer of the Year” in the area of Litigation - Labor and Employment Law, Albany, N.Y, 2017
  • Selected for Lifetime Achievement Award, America’s Top 100 Attorneys®, Upstate New York, 2016

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Admitted to U.S. Supreme Court, 2016
  • Admitted to U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, 2015
  • Admitted to New York, 1980
  • Member, Women TIES, 2015-Present
  • Member, Northern District of New York Federal Court Bar Association
  • Member, New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • Executive Committee Member, Tort, Insurance and Compensation Law Section, New York State Bar Association, 2008-2015
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Affiliate Member, Eastern New York Coalition of Automotive Retailers
  • Member, National Association of Dealer Counsel
  • Member, Saratoga County Bar Association
  • Member, Defense Research Institute
  • Member, New York State Bar Association
  • Member, Albany County Bar Association
  • Admitted to U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York
  • Admitted to U.S. District Court Southern District of New York
  • Admitted to U.S. District Court Northern District of New York

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Presenter,  Labor & Employment Law Update, Eastern New York Coalition of Automotive Retailers, 2016
  • Speaker, Are You Certifiable (As a NYS Women Business Enterprise)?, Critical Needs Now, One Woman. One World., 2015
  • Presenter, Legal Updates Impacting Dealerships, National Association Of Dealer Counsel Member Conference, 2015
  • National Association of Dealer Counsel, Speaker, Personnel and Labor Trends, 2011
  • EDU Networking Series Conference, Speaker, Managing Risk, Reducing Liability for Retailers in the CSP (Convenient Stores – Petroleum) Leadership & Crisis Prevention Forum, 2010
  • New York State Association of School Business Officials, Adirondack Chapter, Speaker, Title IX and Cyber Bullying, 2010
  • Corporation Section, New York State Bar Association, Speaker, Defending Employee Discrimination Cases, 2008
  • Panelist, Women & Entrepreneurship, Girls Inc. of the Greater Capital Region, 2017

Educational Background:

  • LeMoyne College, B.A. in Political Science, cum laude, 1976
Office Location for Claudia A. Ryan

450 New Karner Road
Albany, NY 12212

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Last Updated: 3/18/2019

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