William E. Ryan

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  • DePaul University College of Law, J.D.

  • Xavier University, B.A.



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William E. Ryan is a member of Ryan & Ryan Law, LLC.  Bill focuses his practice on representing private property owners against the government throughout metropolitan Chicago and Illinois in eminent domain proceedings.  With over 40 years of experience, he has represented property owners in every major transportation improvement project in the Chicagoland area, including the construction of I-355 through DuPage and Will Counties, the expansion of O’Hare International Airport, the new Elgin O’Hare Expressway (I-390 & I-490), the expansion of I-294 in Cook and DuPage Counties, and various METRA and Chicago Transit Authority line improvements and expansions.  Not to mention multiple road projects and municipal projects throughout Illinois.  Bill uses his wealth of experience to come up with unique solutions to limit litigation costs for the property owner while still maximizing compensation.

Bill 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.  He 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.

Since 2007 he has been selected by the Best Lawyers in America®  in the area of eminent domain and condemnation and “Lawyer of the Year” for 2014.*

Bill also acts as municipal real estate 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, he has negotiated and drafted development agreements for over 5,000,000 square feet of new office, hotel, and retail redevelopment in the Village of Rosemont, including the Parkway Bank Park at Rosemont, Impact Field, the 500,000 square foot Fashion Outlets of Chicago, and the Pearl Street TIF District.

Bill has been Peer Review Rated as AV® PreeminentTM, the highest performance rating in Martindale-Hubbell’s peer review rating system.

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