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Judge Daniel P. Ryan (retired) obtained his 40 hour certification in 2012 from the National Judicial College as a Certified Civil Case Mediator. He also completed Advanced Civil Case Mediation training and is neutral judicial arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association. He is a former 3rd Judicial Circuit and 17th District Court judge with more than 22 years of judicial experience in which he presided over several hundred jury trials. Since founding MI-JADR in 2015, Judge Ryan has mediated or arbitrated over 4000 cases.
Judge Ryan was appointed by the Michigan Supreme Court and served as presiding judge for the 3rd Circuit Business Court from 2013 through 2015. He also was a member of the Court’s Docket Review and Executive Committees. He also served as a 17th District Court Judge from 1994 and was presiding judge of the 17th District Court from 1996-1998. He has served by Michigan Supreme Court assignment on the Michigan Court of Appeals and Court of Claims. He was rated “Outstanding “by the Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association and selected in a survey of 21,700 lawyers as a DBusiness Top Judge for 2015.
Prior to becoming a judge in 1994, Judge Ryan practiced law at one of the top five Michigan law firms. He handled complex commercial, business, banking, construction, product liability, medical malpractice and tort and premises liability cases. He is licensed to practice law in all federal and state courts in Indiana and Michigan, the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals, and U.S. Supreme Court. He was a member of the ABA Construction Forum, served on the Michigan State Board of Architects, was a member of the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards, and was an invited attorney to the annual AIA, Professional Engineers in Private Practice, Victor O. Schinnerer Conference.
Judge Ryan obtained his Juris Doctor from the University of Notre Dame, and his Master and PhD degrees from the University of Nevada. His University of Notre Dame Law School law review article involved the validity of public sector strikes; his master’s thesis involved the admissibility of expert opinion testimony in tort cases; and his PhD dissertation was an anthropological study of the application of the Uniform Commercial Code, Restatement of Contracts and international contract and sales law (UNIDROIT and UNCISG) in developing Pacific Rim island nations. Judge Ryan was an honors graduate and obtained his Bachelors of Arts degree in History from the University of Detroit. He was Dean’s List every semester, a member of Phi Alpha Theta International History Honor Society, and received the Departmental Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Study of History for maintaining a 4.0 GPA in his major.
He has worked as a rule of law consultant with the U.S. Department of Interior MBA extern program, as well as in the Pacific Rim and Eastern Europe. In law school, he was a research assistant to Profesessor Edward J. Murphy (Murphy & Speidel, Studies in Contract Law, Foundation Press) and Professors Trai Le and Murphy, (Sales and Credit Transaction Handbook, Shephard’s/McGraw Hill.)
Judge Ryan is the author of two books, numerous (9) law review articles, and has served as a visiting associate professor of law on the faculty of several law schools including Ave Maria Law School, University of Toledo Law School, Western Michigan Cooley Law School and the University of Detroit-Mercy. In academic circles, Doctor Ryan has taught law school classes in Evidence; Advanced Evidence; Trial Advocacy (NITA certification); Justice, Law and Literature; Construction Law; Advanced Contracts; and Advanced Torts. He coached a law school team that won the regional and qualified for the Texas Young Trial Lawyer’s Moot Court competition. He was the Kaplan National Bar Examination Review’s lead Evidence Faculty member from 2012 through 2014. Additionally, as the online National Evidence instructor for Kaplan, he taught thousands of law students every year. He revised the Kaplan Federal Rules of Evidence materials and wrote the Kaplan California Evidence Bar review materials.
Judge Ryan has been a member of the faculty of the National Judicial College (NJC) since 1996. He served several terms on the NJC Faculty council and is former Chair of the NJC Faculty Council. He has taught NJC courses in Managing Complex Multi-District Litigation, General Jurisdiction, Special Court Jurisdiction, Special Court Jurisdiction-Advanced, Evidence, Advanced Evidence, Evidence for NLRB Judges, and numerous other NJC classes. He has taken and obtained certifications in numerous NJC and University of Nevada classes including Law and Economics; Medical Legal Issues; Scientific and Social Research Methods; Gaming Law; Forensic, Medical & Scientific Evidence; and Managing Complex Litigation. He has also taught numerous state continuing legal and judicial education programs and international programs for judges from the People’s Republic of China, Australia, Phillipines, Nigeria, Macedonia, CNMI, Guam, Marshall Islands, Palau, and the Federated States of Micronesia.
Hon: Daniel P. Ryan resume: DPR MI-JADR Resume