Colleen Noonan Ryan represents clients facing challenging civil and criminal enforcement actions, regulatory issues, and complex civil litigation in the United States and abroad. She represents companies, boards of directors, and individuals in a wide range of industries. Colleen has defended clients against civil and criminal investigations by the Department of Justice (DOJ), Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), and other federal, state, and municipal agencies. Colleen also frequently represents clients with respect to claims brought under federal whistleblower statutes, including the anti-retaliation provisions of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX). Colleen has significant experience conducting and managing internal investigations for clients on highly sensitive issues.
Colleen has an extensive civil litigation practice. As a securities law and commercial litigation lawyer, she focuses primarily on securities litigation and complex financial products litigation, but she has represented clients in many different contexts. Colleen has worked with clients preparing for all stages of the litigation process.
Colleen also frequently works with clients on compliance-related issues, including assisting with designing, assessing, and strengthening corporate compliance programs.
Colleen maintains an active pro bono practice. She recently served as a Criminal Justice Act (CJA) appointed counsel for several clients facing federal criminal charges and presented oral arguments on behalf of these clients in federal court. Colleen also has represented domestic violence victims and individuals seeking asylum.
- Fordham University (J.D. magna cum laude 2012; Order of the Coif; Fordham Law Review); University of Notre Dame (B.A. in Political Science and International Peace Studies summa cum laude 2009; Phi Beta Kappa)
- New York, Illinois, and U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York
- Legislative Intern, Office of Congressman Peter Welch (Vermont) (Summer 2007)