Ryan A. Lema, Phillips Lytle Senior Associate

Ryan A. Lema

Senior Associate
(716) 504-5790
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Mr. Lema concentrates his practice in the area of civil litigation, with a focus on commercial litigation matters including breach of contract claims, commercial torts, shareholder disputes, products liability, and land use and zoning claims. His practice also includes advising clients in a variety of government investigation and regulatory compliance matters. Mr. Lema has experience in briefing and arguing appeals in both federal and state courts, including the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and the Appellate Division, Fourth Department. Mr. Lema’s background also includes general corporate matters representing closely held businesses in a variety of transactional and compliance matters.

Admitted to Practice

  • New York
  • Massachusetts
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of New York
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Western District of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit

Honors & Awards

  • Honoree of the New York State Bar Association Empire State Counsel® Program for Pro Bono Work, 2014, 2015
  • Wendell F. Grimes Moot Court – Top Ten Brief


  • Boston College Law School, J.D., cum laude, 2010
  • The College of William & Mary, B.A., cum laude, 2007

Professional Associations

  • New York State Bar Association
    • Business Law Section
    • Commercial & Federal Litigation Section

Representative Cases

  • WFE Ventures, Inc. v. Mills, ___ A.D.3d ___, 2016 WL 2351518 (3d Dep’t May 5, 2016)
  • People v. Wilcox, 134 A.D.3d 1397 (4th Dep’t 2015)
  • Willey v. Kirkpatrick, 801 F.3d 51 (2d Cir. 2015)
  • Vital Crane Servs., Inc. v. Micucci, 118 A.D.3d 1404 (4th Dep’t 2014)