Berman Tabacco

Stephen Ryan, Jr.

Associate

Stephen Ryan, Jr.

Stephen Ryan, Jr. is an associate in the Boston office of Berman Tabacco who focuses primarily on securities-based whistleblower cases. Steve is a relentless advocate on behalf of his whistleblower clients, and takes very seriously the critical need to protect their privacy and their right to be free from retaliation, all while ensuring that their claims are presented in a clear and timely manner to the authorities.

Since joining Berman Tabacco, Steve has represented whistleblowers in a wide variety of cases under the respective whistleblower programs of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), the Commodities Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”), and the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”). He has worked to reveal securities frauds such as Ponzi schemes and misuse of investor funds, along with frauds occurring as a result of the recent ICO and cryptocurrency craze. Steve also works on false claims act (qui tam) matters, on behalf of relators exposing fraud and waste against the federal and state governments.

Prior to joining the firm in 2015, Steve worked as a commercial and financial litigator in Boston, primarily representing banking and insurance clients. Steve’s practice allowed him to hone his litigation skills at all stages of the process, as he worked first or second chair on multiple complex matters, in both state and federal court, and at both the trial and appellate level.

While in law school, Steve interned for Judge Charles Trombly at the Massachusetts Land Court, Department of the Trial Court, where he witnessed trial practice from the Judge’s point of view. Steve was also a Student Director for the Stone Moot Court Competition in 2006, having been named Best Oralist in that same Competition the prior year.

Steve greatly respects his clients’ willingness to uncover improper financial conduct and fraud, even against much more powerful Wall Street interests—and he is in his clients’ corner every step of the way.

Steve also feels strongly about pro bono service, and has worked on multiple such cases, including recently ensuring a very favorable result for an individual being pursued in court by debt collectors over a decade-old credit card debt—through this result, the individual was allowed to move on with his life and continue working to rebuild his credit report.

Experience

  • Steve’s cases at the firm include dozens of matters submitted to the SEC’s Office of the Whistleblower and its CFTC and IRS analogues, resulting in civil and criminal securities-related investigations on topics such as:
    • Valuation fraud
    • Foreign exchange fraud
    • False or misleading statements
    • Ponzi schemes and Ponzi-like schemes
    • Improper use of corporate assets
    • Market manipulation
    • Fraud involving tax exempt charities
    • Initial Coin Offering (ICO) and cryptocurrency fraud
    • Crowdfunding schemes
  • Steve’s whistleblower cases involve frauds taking place throughout the country, and in some cases internationally. He represents whistleblowers at all stages of the process laid out under the Dodd-Frank Act and the SEC’s Whistleblower Rules, and provides representation for whistleblowers at meetings with government regulators, prosecutors and investigators. His focus is to ensure that his whistleblower’s information is presented timely, professionally, and persuasively.
  • Currently represents individual plaintiffs in an unsealed False Claims Act (qui tam) matter involving a biotechnology company and certain of its employees and insiders who allegedly engaged in widespread off-label promotion of a specialize cholesterol drug.  See Berman Tabacco Defeats Motions to Dismiss in Whistleblower Lawsuit.
  • Secured full dismissal for clients in defamation case brought by publicly traded international corporation.  See Decision and Order, Eros Intern. PLC v Mangrove Partners, No. 653096/2017, 2019 WL 1129196 (N.Y. Sup. Ct. Mar. 08, 2019) (Cohen, J.).
  • Works on litigation team representing proposed consumer class against major tribal payday lending organization allegedly charging triple digit interest rates without proper disclosures.
Stephen Ryan, Jr. Associate
Boston
One Liberty Square
Boston, MA 02109

Stephen Ryan, Jr. is an associate in the Boston office of Berman Tabacco who focuses primarily on securities-based whistleblower cases. Steve is a relentless advocate on behalf of his whistleblower clients, and takes very seriously the critical need to protect their privacy and their right to be free from retaliation, all while ensuring that their claims are presented in a clear and timely manner to the authorities.

Since joining Berman Tabacco, Steve has represented whistleblowers in a wide variety of cases under the respective whistleblower programs of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), the Commodities Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”), and the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”). He has worked to reveal securities frauds such as Ponzi schemes and misuse of investor funds, along with frauds occurring as a result of the recent ICO and cryptocurrency craze. Steve also works on false claims act (qui tam) matters, on behalf of relators exposing fraud and waste against the federal and state governments.

Prior to joining the firm in 2015, Steve worked as a commercial and financial litigator in Boston, primarily representing banking and insurance clients. Steve’s practice allowed him to hone his litigation skills at all stages of the process, as he worked first or second chair on multiple complex matters, in both state and federal court, and at both the trial and appellate level.

While in law school, Steve interned for Judge Charles Trombly at the Massachusetts Land Court, Department of the Trial Court, where he witnessed trial practice from the Judge’s point of view. Steve was also a Student Director for the Stone Moot Court Competition in 2006, having been named Best Oralist in that same Competition the prior year.

Steve greatly respects his clients’ willingness to uncover improper financial conduct and fraud, even against much more powerful Wall Street interests—and he is in his clients’ corner every step of the way.

Steve also feels strongly about pro bono service, and has worked on multiple such cases, including recently ensuring a very favorable result for an individual being pursued in court by debt collectors over a decade-old credit card debt—through this result, the individual was allowed to move on with his life and continue working to rebuild his credit report.

Education
  • Boston University School of Law (J.D., 2007)
  • Northwestern University (B.A., 2004)
Experience
  • Steve’s cases at the firm include dozens of matters submitted to the SEC’s Office of the Whistleblower and its CFTC and IRS analogues, resulting in civil and criminal securities-related investigations on topics such as:
    • Valuation fraud
    • Foreign exchange fraud
    • False or misleading statements
    • Ponzi schemes and Ponzi-like schemes
    • Improper use of corporate assets
    • Market manipulation
    • Fraud involving tax exempt charities
    • Initial Coin Offering (ICO) and cryptocurrency fraud
    • Crowdfunding schemes
  • Steve’s whistleblower cases involve frauds taking place throughout the country, and in some cases internationally. He represents whistleblowers at all stages of the process laid out under the Dodd-Frank Act and the SEC’s Whistleblower Rules, and provides representation for whistleblowers at meetings with government regulators, prosecutors and investigators. His focus is to ensure that his whistleblower’s information is presented timely, professionally, and persuasively.
  • Currently represents individual plaintiffs in an unsealed False Claims Act (qui tam) matter involving a biotechnology company and certain of its employees and insiders who allegedly engaged in widespread off-label promotion of a specialize cholesterol drug.  See Berman Tabacco Defeats Motions to Dismiss in Whistleblower Lawsuit.
  • Secured full dismissal for clients in defamation case brought by publicly traded international corporation.  See Decision and Order, Eros Intern. PLC v Mangrove Partners, No. 653096/2017, 2019 WL 1129196 (N.Y. Sup. Ct. Mar. 08, 2019) (Cohen, J.).
  • Works on litigation team representing proposed consumer class against major tribal payday lending organization allegedly charging triple digit interest rates without proper disclosures.
Honors & Distinctions
  • Named a “Rising Star” by New England Super Lawyers magazine in 2009
Admissions
  • Commonwealth of Massachusetts
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts
Affiliations
  • Taxpayers Against Fraud
  • American Bar Association