Jim Ryan

Jim Ryan graduated from Marquette Law School in 1985. He has been practicing since that time, focusing exclusively on insurance defense. He has tried to verdict well over 100 jury trials. Mr. Ryan has been a pioneer in litigating SIU claims.  In addition to SIU cases, he has been involved in a variety of other cases. For example, he successfully argued the seminal bad faith case to the Wisconsin Supreme Court, entitled Brethorst v. Allstate.  In that case, the court held that bad faith cannot be predicated merely on an insurance company’s poor investigation, but plaintiff must also prove that the insurance company breached its contract. Additionally, this past July, a decision was rendered in a case Jim successfully argued to the Wisconsin Supreme Court concerning whether an injured worker could be forced to accept a settlement offer made by the tortfeasor in a §102.29 lawsuit. Adams v. Cincinnati Insurance (2014).


  • Invited Speaker on insurance fraud at seminar in Washington DC with U.S Senators and other dignitaries;
  • Invited Speaker numerous times for Wisconsin Bar seminars;
  • Featured Speaker at various Wisconsin Defense Counsel seminars;
  • Speaker and moderator at the Wisconsin Association of Special Investigation Units many times, including Spring of 2014



  • State Bar of Wisconsin- member
  • Milwaukee Bar Association- member
  • Wisconsin Defense Counsel- member


  • Wisconsin Association of Special Investigation Units–Attorney member



AV (highest) Rating from Martindale-Hubbell for the last 25 years



August 2005   Wisconsin Lawyer, Volume 78, Number 8: Punitive Damages Against a Drunk Driver

Spring 2012     Wisconsin Defense Counsel Journal, Brethorst v. Allstate: A Turn in the Tide of Wisconsin Bad Faith Law?


Last year, Jim joined with his son Joe, a recent graduate of Marquette law school, in starting The Ryan Law Firm. That firm has now grown to include two other attorneys and three additional support staff.

Joseph Ryan

Joseph Ryan is a lifelong resident of Southeastern Wisconsin.  He was born in Milwaukee and grew up in Waukesha. He received his B.A. in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin and his law degree from Marquette University Law School.

While in law school, Joe interned for the Office of the United States Trustee.  They are the “watchdogs” of bankruptcy court.  Joe also interned for the IRS, Office of the Chief Counsel. After graduation, he founded Milwaukee Debt Attorneys, helping individuals file Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 personal bankruptcies.

Joe left his bankruptcy practice after two successful years in order to open Ryan Law Firm with his father, James Ryan. Ryan Law Firm specializes is civil litigation, with an emphasis on insurance defense.

Joe is admitted to practice law in the State of Wisconsin as well as the Federal Eastern and Western Districts of Wisconsin. He is also a member of the Wisconsin Defense Counsel.

An article Joe wrote titled Daubert v. The Biomechanist can be found here.

Brian Parish

Since earning his J.D. from Marquette University in 2004 and and his B.A. cum laude, in 2001 from Marquette University, Brian’s legal career has focused primarily on personal injury, insurance defense and appellate practice in state and federal courts throughout the United States.  Brian has also pursued qui tam actions on behalf of individuals, various state governments and the United States. Brian joined the firm in January of 2016.