Ryan McManus concentrates his practice in the areas of appellate, fiduciary, and business litigation. Ryan regularly litigates disputes between trustees and beneficiaries, will contests, and other contested estate matters. Ryan has also frequently represented clients in tax litigation, including constitutional challenges to state and local tax laws.
Ryan has substantial appellate experience representing clients before the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Third, Fifth, Ninth and Eleventh Circuits, and the appellate courts of numerous states.
Following law school, Ryan served as a judicial clerk to the Hon. Nathaniel M. Gorton of the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts, and the Hon. José A. Cabranes of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
- Successfully challenged constitutionality of Cleveland’s method of taxing professional athletes before the Ohio Supreme Court in Hillenmeyer v. Cleveland Bd. of Rev., 41 N.E.3d 1164 (Ohio 2015), and Saturday v. Cleveland Bd. of Rev., 33 N.E.3d 46 (Ohio 2015).
- Co-counsel to plaintiff-trustees in Dauman v. Redstone litigation regarding control of the Sumner M. Redstone National Amusements Trust.
- Successfully challenged constitutionality of Massachusetts estate tax as applied to foreign real estate.
- Successfully defended $44 million judgment for breach of implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing in Robert & Ardis James Foundation v. Meyers, 474 Mass. 181 (2016).
- Recovered more than $8 million for professional hockey and basketball players in settlement of claims challenging constitutionality of Tennessee’s privilege tax on professional athletes.
- Obtained favorable judgment from the Supreme Judicial Court granting a college permission to sell land conveyed in trust under the doctrines of reasonable deviation and cy pres.
- Successfully defended nursing home redevelopment from zoning challenge in Welch-Philippino v. Zoning Bd. of Appeals of Newburyport, 86 Mass. App. Ct. 258 (2014).
- Obtained complete dismissal on summary judgment of claims challenging disposition of estate.
- Represented the petitioner at the certiorari stage and merits stage before the U.S. Supreme Court in Executive Benefits Insurance Agency v. Arkison, 134 S.Ct. 2165 (2014).
Named to the Massachusetts Super Lawyers Rising Stars List, 2015-2018
Selected Activities and Publications:
- Former Co-chair, Fiduciary Litigation Committee of the Trusts & Estates Section, Boston Bar Association
- “No-Fault Removal of Trustees under the MUTC,” Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (August 8, 2016)
- Randall W. Bodner, James R. Drabick & Ryan P. McManus, "Corporate Scienter After Janus," Bloomberg BNA Securities Regulation & Law Report (September 2012).
- “Sitting in Congress and Standing in Court: How Presidential Signing Statements Open the Door to Legislator Lawsuits,” 48 Boston College Law Review 739 (May 2007).
- Guest lecturer, Boston College Law School Federal Appeals Clinic.
Ryan’s Comment on the Role of Litigation
“I view litigation as an opportunity for our clients to define and preserve their legal rights, and as a process that can help advance rather than impede their objectives. Every successful case involves listening to our clients, understanding their priorities, and weighing the opportunities and benefits of each development throughout the case. Helping a client achieve his or her goals is really how we define a litigation victory.”