Paul W. Ryan
Paul is a tireless advocate who provides clients with sophisticated and results-oriented counsel. To every client matter, he brings nearly a decade of experience as a Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) enforcement lawyer and significant expertise representing individuals, corporations, and trading firms in criminal, government enforcement, and civil matters. He has represented dozens of clients accused of insider trading and defeated the SEC in a high-profile insider trading trial. In its coverage of that case, the New York Times noted that the win on appeal “marked a rare loss” for the SEC. Media outlets like CNBC frequently call on Paul to discuss breaking legal developments.
As an SEC Senior Counsel, Paul conducted dozens of investigations, including numerous parallel investigations with prosecutors from the U.S. Attorney’s Offices for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York. He served as the lead attorney in matters involving complex securities fraud, accounting fraud, insider trading, fraudulent securities offerings, mutual fund market-timing, late trading, and non-compliance with disclosure rules.
Before co-founding Serpe Ryan LLP, Paul served as in-house counsel at Pfizer where he advised the marketing teams for global commercial products. Prior to his tenure at the SEC, Paul also worked in the litigation departments of two of New York’s top law firms and served as a law clerk for the Honorable I. Leo Glasser in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York.
- New York Metro Super Lawyer since 2015
- Two-time recipient of the SEC Director’s award for Outstanding Contribution to Enforcement
- The New York State Bar Association’s Committee on White Collar Criminal Litigation
- Federal Bar Council
- New York City Bar Association
Publications and Lectures
- Contributing Author: SEC Compliance and Enforcement Answer Book
- Presenter: Recent Developments in Insider Trading Law (2016)
- Presenter: SEC Administrative Proceedings: Winning on the SEC’s Home Court (2016)
- J.D., New York University School of Law, cum laude, Staff Editor for the New York University Law Review
- B.A., Georgetown University, cum laude
- The Honorable I. Leo Glasser, United States District Court, E.D.N.Y.
- New York
- U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
During a time in my life when it seemed as if the walls were closing in on me, Silvia Serpe and Paul Ryan settled me down and lifted me up and then skillfully guided me back to a better place. I cannot say enough about the professionalism and compassion these two amazing attorneys displayed in handling me, and my complex case.
Paul Ryan and the Serpe Ryan team helped me through a very emotional multifaceted case. I truly felt they believed in me and my integrity and helped me practice patience through a long, frustrating process. Paul was always available, responsive and insightful. Serpe Ryan is professional, accommodating, direct, and did a masterful job orchestrating the lawsuit.
I think Paul Ryan differentiates himself by being very focused and responsive. In each of my cases, he: (1) immediately worked to get up to speed and resolve the situation as quickly and efficiently as possible; and (2) always answered/returned my calls and emails promptly. I was happy with both the resolution process (time requirement and cost for me) and the resolution of each inquiry. In each of my cases, Paul facilitated a brief interaction with the SEC which resulted in them ending their inquiries without prosecution.
Serpe Ryan is the Go-To firm for top-shelf legal representation. Ms. Serpe is an excellent attorney and will represent your interests in the most proficient and professional way possible.
I met Silvia at the most difficult moment of my life - I was prosecuted by the federal government and the SEC for insider trading. Silvia and her partner Paul worked as a team to represent me for both criminal and civil cases with the SEC. They negotiated with the SEC to reduce the size of my fine. During sentencing, Silvia also helped me to negotiate better terms of my supervised release. I highly recommend Silvia and Paul, for their deep knowledge, compassion, dedication, and willingness to put extra effort to fight for their clients.
Ms. Serpe's high level of professionalism is exceeded by her keen and quick mind. She does not hesitate to tell you where you stand, patient in discussing the practical implications of the legalities swirling around you, and her sincerity shows in walking you through your options. I would not hesitate to recommend her for your needs and for you to follow her directions. The path she sets for you will help lead you out of whatever unfortunate circumstance you might find yourself.
I came to Serpe Ryan LLP regarding a legal dispute around a complex financial dispute and little hope of ever recovering what was owed to me. The team quickly came to understand the matter, the opposing party, and worked with me in a highly responsive manner to far exceed the outcome I had expected. Serpe Ryan LLP offers both the high talent of a white-shoe firm alongside the practicality and responsiveness that comes with working with a boutique practice.
Serpe Ryan is an outstanding firm with experienced professionals that deliver exceptional results. Silvia and Paul's qualifications and knowledge are superior and they do not miss a beat. They are honest and on point with everything and make you feel comfortable the whole way, regardless of the temperature of the situation.
Paul & Silvia were relentless in their well-researched, well-constructed, and well-delivered presentation of my case. In the end, they were able to get the insurance company to write a check for more money than I ever thought possible. They are smart, direct, available, honest, and compassionate...and they have earned my highest recommendation.
Silvia Serpe has represented my company, Kaleidoscope Learning, for over a decade. She's thoughtful, responsive, and we always feel that we get tremendous value from the time that Silvia spends working with us--she sees things from a big-picture perspective and helps us think through our ideal results in any particular situation.