Meet Timothy J. Ryan
Tim has significant experience in a wide range of areas, including general litigation, commercial and residential real estate issues, construction litigation, personal injury litigation (representing both plaintiffs and insurance companies), employment law, and municipal law.
Tim represents and counsels numerous small- and medium-sized businesses, as well as nonprofits, regarding numerous and varied issues, including the purchase, sale, and leasing of residential and commercial property. These businesses include medium-sized commercial stores, commercial contractors, and multi-unit residential property owners.
Tim has represented both employers and employees with respect to general employment counseling, the negotiation of employment packages, and the negotiation of employee severance agreements.
Tim has significant experience in Housing Court, representing landlords and has served as counsel for a number of Housing Court Receivers, including a complex of approximately 225 apartment units.
Tim has extensive trial experience in the U.S. District Court and Massachusetts state courts, has handled multiple arbitration matters, and often appears in actions before the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD).
Tim has served lead counsel or co-counsel on the following matters that resulted in reported appellate decisions.
- Melnychenko v. 84 Lumber, 424 Mass. 285 (1997). This was a case of first impression involving same-sex sexual harassment that was won at trial and affirmed on appeal by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court.
- Powers v. H.B. Smith, Co, et al., 42 Mass. App. Ct. 542 (1997). Represented co-defendant, Mestek, Inc., and obtained summary judgment for Mestek prior to trial, dismissing Mestek as a party to the case. That dismissal was affirmed by the Massachusetts Court of Appeals.
- McClellan v. Pioneer Valley Transit Authority, Inc., 61 Mass. App. Ct. 1125 (2004). Represented the defendant transit authority and was successful in overturning the trial court’s re-opening of the matter after a prior dismissal.
- Serrazina v. Springfield Public Schools, 80 Mass. App. Ct. 617 (2011) and affirmed at 464 Mass. 1011 (2013). Represented a terminated public school teacher. Arbitration found she was entitled to return to her position and the Court dispute resulted in a favorable finding awarding back pay.
Tim has served in local government and for local non-profits as set forth below:
- Chairman, City of Springfield Board of Police Commissioners (2004-2005)
- Member, Springfield City Council (1994-2003, 2018-2019)
- Board Member, Greater Springfield Habitat for Humanity (2006-2011, 2014-2019)
- Civil Litigation, including:
- Employment Law
- Landlord-Tenant Law
- Business Disputes
- Construction Litigation
- Personal Injury
- Commercial and Residential Real Estate
- Municipal Law
- Business Law
- Suffolk University Law School, J.D.
- University of Massachusetts (Amherst), B.A.