Jeremy Ryan

Jeremy W. Ryan

Partner and General Litigation Practice Group Leader
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For 30 years, Delaware has been one of the top three venues of choice for complex corporate restructuring. Jeremy Ryan’s practice centers around advising a national base of clients and co-counsel engaged in this process. He typically works with other restructuring professionals such as financial advisors investment bankers and attorneys.

In this role, Jeremy often serves as lead or Delaware counsel, providing guidance and direction to clients and attorneys from across the country. Typically, this entails educating co-counsel on local rules, practices and customs. He also helps his clients prepare and frame arguments they will make before the 8 judges who sit on the Delaware bankruptcy bench to maximize their impact. In many cases, he acts as lead counsel instead, representing debtors, lenders, purchasers of companies, financial participants sponsoring de-leveraging of balance sheets, creditor’s committees or other specific creditor representations.

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This work is powered by an extraordinary amount of hands-on experience. In over twenty years of practice, Jeremy has handled over 100 Delaware bankruptcy matters Along the way, he’s seen every possible variation of the bankruptcy process, and every conceivable issue that can arise. Whereas an out-of-state attorney might only handle a few Delaware bankruptcy cases, Jeremy’s enormous depth of experience makes him an ideal guide for those who are less familiar with the practice. He is responsive almost to a fault, aiming to respond to every client inquiry immediately.

As a practitioner, Jeremy excels at integrating the substantive and interpersonal elements of a high-level bankruptcy practice. He relishes the sophistication and complexity of the work, the challenge of the hard problems with which he’s presented, and the competitive drive that powers his efforts. Simultaneously, he brings emotional intelligence and judgement to his role. This allows him to view, observe and listen to judges, and anticipate what they require to resolve an issue.

With respect to this, Jeremy’s professional superpower is an unrivaled ability to put himself in the judge’s robes and think through what they need to hear in order to render the results he seeks. Bankruptcy is a motion-driven practice, with enormous dollar amounts at stake, and big personalities involved. In this atmosphere of noise, Jeremy delivers the signal, tailoring what he presents to what the judge is interested in hearing rather than what an attorney is interested in saying.

Too often, attorneys overemphasize their own arguments, and overlook the points that statute, case law or logic require a judge to process to render a desirable result. Jeremy does the opposite. He begins with what the judge needs, then develops an argument that delivers it. This seemingly simple strategy requires an enormous amount of experience and knowledge to provide. Jeremy has it, and does it. It’s extremely effective.

For every client, whether it’s a team, a company or out-of-town counsel, Jeremy is a true trusted advisor in the complex, often foreign, world of Delaware bankruptcy.

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Professional Activities & Recognition

Honors & Recognitions

Recognized by Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business in the Bankruptcy and Restructuring area

Recognized by The Best Lawyers in America® for Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law and Litigation - Bankruptcy, 2019 - present

Recognized in Lawdragon's 500 Leading U.S. Bankruptcy & Restructuring Lawyers, 2020 - present

Recognized by Benchmark Litigation as a Local Litigation Star, 2020 and 2021 editions


Delaware State Bar Association

American Bar Association

Pennsylvania Bar Association

Philadelphia Bar Association


University of Pittsburgh, J.D., cum laude, 1997; Managing Editor, Journal of Law and Commerce

Washington & Jefferson College, B.A., 1994

Bar & Court Admissions

Bar Admissions

  • Delaware, 2001

    Pennsylvania, 1997 (inactive)

    United States District Court for the Eastern and Western Districts of Pennsylvania, 1997

    United States District Court for the District of Delaware, 2001
  • United States Court of Appeals, Third Circuit, 2021



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