Ryan J. Gaffney is an experienced litigator with a proven record of success in obtaining favorable summary dispositions, trial verdicts, and appellate rulings. An accomplished courtroom advocate, Ryan litigates a variety of trial- and appellate-level cases in state and federal courts in New Jersey and New York. His practice includes civil litigation, insurance defense and coverage, criminal defense, and all aspects of appeals-court representation.

Ryan’s clients include privately-held corporations, insurance companies and their insureds, as well as other private parties that look to him for assistance in complex civil and criminal actions. He has successfully litigated tort-based liability matters, commercial disputes, and coverage cases in a number of venues.

Prior to joining Chasan Lamparello Mallon & Cappuzzo, PC, Ryan served as an Assistant Prosecutor for the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office, where he prosecuted hundreds of criminal complaints, including homicides, serial robberies, wiretaps, and complex financial crimes. Ryan also served as the first Law Clerk to the Honorable Nesle A. Rodriguez, J.S.C., after her appointment to the New Jersey Superior Court.

Ryan received his J.D. from the George Washington University Law School in 2011, where he was a Senior Staff Member for the Federal Circuit Bar Journal and a Legal Fellow for the Small Business Clinic. In 2008, Ryan was awarded a Bachelor of Science, magna cum laude, from the University of Texas at Tyler. While there he served separate terms for both a Congressman and a United States Senator.  

As an active member of the bar and community, Ryan serves on the Young Lawyer’s Division Executive Committee for both the New Jersey State Bar Association and the Hudson County Bar Association. He is also a volunteer and fundraiser for the Lustgarten Foundation.


Hype and Hostility for Hybrid Companies: A Fourth Sector Case Study

  • Cited in Columbia Law School's 2013 Charities Regulation Policy Conference
  • Pepperdine Journal of Business, Entrepreneurship and the Law, May 2012

Fallout: United States v. Eurodif, Uranium Enrichment, and a Unanimous Supreme Court’s New Requirement on Product/Service Characterizations

  • Federal Circuit Bar Journal, June 2011

Speaking Engagements

How to Preserve Your Record for Appeal

  • New Jersey State Bar Association Annual Meeting and Convention, May 2018

Uncooperative Witnesses

  • Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office In-House CLE, June 2016

News & Events

Ryan J. Gaffney Earns Another Favorable Disposition on the Mockler Defense

Ryan J. Gaffney Wins Multiple Dismissals Including Case of First Impression

John V. Mallon, Ryan J. Gaffney, and Richard W. Fogarty Defend Appeal