Education: Miami University, B.A., Northwestern University School of Law, J.D.; John Marshall, L.L.M. in Real Estate
Practice Areas: Eminent Domain; Condemnation
Membership: Chicago, Illinois State and American Bar Associations.
Mr. Ryan is an attorney at the law firm of Ryan and Ryan located in Rosemont, Illinois. He concentrates exclusively on representing private property owners and tenants in eminent domain matters in Illinois. Mr. Ryan’s goal is to obtain the best result for the particular client – whether it involves challenging the government’s right to take, obtaining a reduction in the size of taking, negotiating a change in the proposed improvement to be constructed to the client’s benefit, or maximizing the just compensation to be paid under the law. He works closely with his clients to obtain zoning relief or any other entitlement approvals in order to minimize the impact caused by the taking. Mr. Ryan has represented clients with property in Cook, Lake, DuPage, Will, Kane, McHenry, Winnebago, Grundy, Ogle, Kendall, and DeKalb counties. He has extensive experience in both partial takings (both temporary and permanent) and full takings involving all types of property including: agricultural, residential, commercial retail, industrial, office, and special use properties. Mr. Ryan has handled eminent domain cases at the trial, appellate and Illinois Supreme Court level. Mr. Ryan also frequently advises his private property clients on transactions with government bodies in lieu of condemnation including: drafting and negotiating contracts for sale of improved and unimproved property; permanent easements; temporary easements; right of entry agreements; and leases. Mr. Ryan has lectured on eminent domain topics for local bar associations and at national eminent domain conferences.
Michael W. Ryan has been awarded the CRE® (Counselor of Real Estate) credential by The Counselors of Real Estate®, an international group of real estate practitioners recognized as leading advisors in complex real property and land-related matters, with fewer than 1100 members worldwide, of which only about 70 are practicing attorneys. The credential was awarded in May at the Counselors’ 2017 Midyear Meetings in Los Angeles.
Mr. Ryan has also been selected as an Illinois Affiliate Member of the Owners’ Counsel of America (OCA), a national organization comprised of experienced eminent domain trial lawyers in each represented state defending private property owners against local and state governments, transportation departments, utilities, and any other government agency armed with the power of eminent domain.
* The Illinois Supreme Court does not recognize certifications of specialties in the practice of law and no award or recognition is a requirement to practice law in Illinois.