Education: Xavier University, B.A., DePaul University College of Law, J.D.
Practice Areas: Eminent Domain; Condemnation
Membership: Chicago, Illinois State and American Bar Associations.
William E. Ryan is a partner at Ryan & Ryan. Mr. Ryan concentrates his practice on representing private property owners against the government throughout metropolitan Chicago and Illinois in eminent domain proceedings, including the construction of I-355 through DuPage and Will Counties, and the recent expansion of O’Hare International Airport. He currently represents owners in multiple road projects throughout metropolitan Chicago as well as owners whose property is being acquired by the State of Illinois for the proposed South Suburban Airport and the new Elgin O’Hare Expressway.
Mr. Ryan has authored a chapter on eminent domain topics for the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education and lectured on various eminent domain topics before national legal and appraisal organizations. Mr. Ryan was involved in drafting portions of the current Illinois Eminent Domain Act and is the Illinois member of the Owners’ Counsel of America, a national organization comprised of eminent domain trial lawyers in each represented state serving property owners faced with governmental takings.
Mr. Ryan also acts as municipal counsel for the Village of Rosemont in all of the Village’s tax increment projects, including planning, adoption, acquisition, leasing and redevelopment. As municipal counsel, Mr. Ryan has negotiated and drafted redevelopment agreements for over 5,000,000 square feet of new office, hotel and retail redevelopment in the Village of Rosemont, including the new Rosemont entertainment district, MB Financial Park, and Rosemont’s new 500,000 square foot Fashion Outlets of Chicago.
Mr. William E. Ryan has been Peer Review Rated as AV® Preeminent™, the highest performance rating in Martindale-Hubbell’s peer review rating system. Since 2007, he has been selected by The Best Lawyers in America® list in the area of eminent domain and condemnation. Mr. William E. Ryan also was recently named the Best Lawyers® 2014 in Chicago Eminent Domain / Condemnation and “Lawyer of the Year.” for 2014. *
His other awards are: 2007 – 2015 Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law, 2014 Lawyer of the Year in Chicago.
* 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.