Gerard K. Ryan
  • Associate


New York, NY





Gerard K. Ryan, Jr. joined the firm of Kelner and Kelner in 2000 working effectively in the Medical Malpractice Department as well as on complex negligence matters.

Gerry Ryan's training has provided him with the ability to prepare and try medical malpractice cases in all areas of medicine as well as the field of general negligence. He has obtained many substantial verdicts and settlements for the clients he has represented. He has recently achieved a settlement in the amount of $7 million in a case involving the death of a 38 year old father of three who was killed in a work related accident. Among his verdicts has been an award of $1.8 million in a case involving an the death of a 52 year old woman due to a delay in diagnosing lung cancer. He also obtained a $1.5 million verdict for a woman due to a delay in diagnosing endocarditis. He has also been instrumental in preparing cases which have resulted in substantial settlements including $3.3 million for a woman injured when a her vehicle collided with a truck in Nassau County and $2.65 million for the death of a 42 year old father of two who died as a result of an motor vehicle accident where the defendant argued the lack of a seatbelt contributed to his death. He was also part of the team which won $2.1 million dollars against the Ford Motor Company in Richmond County.

Gerry Ryan served as co-counsel for the firm with Robert Kelner in the successful defense of Liza Minnelli in the matter of Gest v. Minnelli.

Gerry has also authored and argued numerous appeals in the various Appellate Courts in New York and was lead counsel in the seminal cases of Tran v. New Rochelle Hospital, 99 N.Y.2d 383, 786 N.E.2d 444 (2003) and Del Terzo v. Hospital for Special Surgery, 95 A.D.3d 551, 944 N.Y.S.2d 79 (1 Dept. 2012). He has also recently won an appeal in the Appellate Division, Second Department, on the issue of res ipsa loquitor and it application to medical malpractice actions in Swoboda v. Fontanetta, 131 A.D.3d 1042, 17 N.Y.S.3d (2 Dept. 2015).

Gerry Ryan chairs and lectures at an annual weekend CLE program at St. Johns University School of Law. He is responsible for organizing the program and the  16 speakers who lecture on all issues of negligence and trials.  Gerry, personally,  lectures on Appellate Division cases of interest published during the previous calendar year as part of the CLE program and various aspects of personal injury litigation.  He has been involved with this program for 15 years., Lecturer, Chairman, St. Johns University School Of Law.

Areas of Practice

  • Medical Malpractice
  • Personal Injury
  • Wrongful Death
  • Appeals
  • General Negligence

Bar Admissions

  • New York, 1981
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York, 1982
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York, 1982
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims, 2015


  • St. John's University School of Law
    • J.D.
  • St. Johns University, Jamaica, New York
    • B.A.
    • Major: English Literature/Education

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • New York Bar Association


  • Spanish

$40,000,000 Verdict- Truck Accident / Wrongful Death

A commercial truck struck an overpass causing the container to separate from the truck and fly through the front of our client’s vehicle, which resulted in the death.

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$36,000,000 Verdict- Subway Accident

A 19 year old man was struck by a New York City subway train. He was paralyzed as a result of the accident and was awarded one of New York’s largest verdicts.

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$27,000,000 Verdict- Construction Accident

A man in his 50’s fell off a latter at a construction site and sustained a brain injury. The case was tried in Manhattan Supreme Court.

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