Patrick T. Ryan CFP®


"Change is inevitable in life.  I work with my clients to navigate the changes in their family life and help them achieve the best possible outcome for their family and their future."

By bringing a practical approach to problem solving, Patrick T. Ryan helps his clients move forward with their lives by addressing the complex, emotional and often difficult situations that arise in divorce cases.  As a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ Professional, Mr. Ryan helps clients to understand their current personal financial situation and plan for their financial future. He combines this with his sound understanding of Illinois law to create a practical approach that enables his clients to achieve the best possible results. Mr. Ryan is equally skilled in the arts of negotiation and litigation and understands the importance of preparation in both approaches. While he believes that great outcomes can be achieved through settlement, Mr. Ryan also understands that litigation is sometimes necessary to achieve the optimum results for his clients and does not shy away from the courtroom.

At the end of the day, Mr. Ryan understands the unique needs and goals of each of his clients, and uses his practical approach to achieve the best results for those clients, whether through negotiated settlement or contested litigation.

In 2012, Mr. Ryan successfully completed the rigorous American Bar Association/National Institute for Trial Advocacy Family Law Trial Advocacy Institute.  The following year, he earned a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ Certification, the recognized standard of excellence for competent and ethical personal financial planning.

Mr. Ryan continues to follow his passion for the law serving as an adjunct faculty member at DePaul’s College of Law, teaching Family Law Legal Drafting to law students. He is a frequent volunteer at Cabrini Green Legal Aid, where he also serves on the Young Professionals Board. In 2011-2018, Mr. Ryan was recognized by his peers as a “Rising Star” by Illinois Super Lawyers.

A lifelong resident of the City of Chicago, Mr. Ryan attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he spent a year working for the Champaign County State’s Attorney in the area of juvenile abuse and neglect. After graduating from the University of Illinois, Mr. Ryan returned to Chicago to attend DePaul University’s College of Law. While at DePaul, Mr. Ryan focused his studies on Family Law, earning a Certificate in Family Law, and graduated Cum Laude. During his time at DePaul, Mr. Ryan served as a law clerk in the Office of the Chief Judge of the Cook County Domestic Relations Division. He also spent a semester teaching Street Law, a course aimed at teaching the fundamentals of the American legal system to high school students, at Curie High School on Chicago’s South Side. While a student at DePaul, Mr. Ryan began his career at Schiller DuCanto & Fleck LLP as a law clerk, and after passing the bar, transitioned to an Associate within the Firm.

Awards and Honors

Best Lawyers in America (2015-2019)

Illinois Super Lawyers - Rising Star (2011-2018)

Leading Lawyers (2015-2018) 

Speaking Engagements

Presenter, "Tax Issues in Family Law," Chicago Bar Association, YLS Family Law Committee (March 2018)

Co-presenter, "Taxation Issues Found in Family Law” CLE, Chicago Bar Association (February 2017)


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