Riker Danzig is pleased to welcome Ryan L. O’Neill, who returns to the Firm as a partner after serving as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey, Criminal Division, since October 2018. Ryan was previously an associate at Riker Danzig for four years before joining the U.S. Attorney’s office. She rejoins the Firm’s White Collar Criminal Defense and Investigations Group, where her practice will focus on white collar criminal defense, corporate and government investigations, state administrative proceedings, and complex civil litigation. She is also experienced in state and federal grand jury investigations, state professional and licensing board inquiries, and state consumer class actions.
As an Assistant U.S. Attorney, Ryan supervised complex criminal prosecutions and civil enforcement actions involving a range of matters, including large-scale health care fraud schemes, corporate misconduct, tax, civil, and regulatory offenses, and qui tam whistleblower actions. She most recently served in the Office’s Health Care Fraud Unit. Her prior positions included roles in the Office’s Opioids Abuse Prevention & Enforcement Unit and the Public Protection Unit, where she handled cases involving drug diversion, violent crimes, and child sex offenses.
“We are thrilled that Ryan is coming back to Riker Danzig,” said Firm Co-Chair Kelly S. Crawford. “Ryan is an exceptional attorney, appreciated for her keen problem-solving capabilities and ability to effectively counsel clients in complex actions. She was a rising star at the Firm before she joined the U.S. Attorney’s Office, and we all look forward to working with her again.”
Charles B. McKenna, Co-Chair of Riker Danzig’s White Collar Criminal Defense and Investigations Group and a former Chief of the Criminal Division at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Newark, said, “Ryan’s experience at the U.S. Attorney’s Office adds further depth to the Firm’s White Collar practice. Her strong background in this area provides significant value for our clients. We are excited to have her back on our team to get her involved in a number of the cases and investigations we are working on.”
Partner Ryan M. Magee of the Firm’s White Collar Criminal Defense and Investigations Group, a former Prosecutor, added, “Ryan brings a wealth of experience that will be of great benefit to our team and our clients, and takes a very creative and thoughtful approach to her cases. We all have great admiration for what she’s accomplished, and it will be great to have her back with us again.”
Ryan received her J.D. degree, cum laude, from Seton Hall University School of Law in 2010, where she was a publishing member of the Seton Hall Circuit Review and a member of the Interscholastic Moot Court Board. She received a B.S. in Business Management from The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey in 2007.
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