Ryan P. Barry

Ryan P. Barry

Managing Partner
Manchester, Connecticut

"Attorney Barry, I've known you for some time as well and you've distinguished yourself once again with your preparation and the comments you've made on behalf of your client. I do appreciate the assistance you've given me in the sentencing process."

- State Trial Court Judge, Connecticut

Ryan P. Barry received his B.A., with honors, from the University of Connecticut and his J.D. from the University of Connecticut School of Law.

During law school, Attorney Barry worked as a Judicial Extern for United States District Court Judge Dominic J. Squatrito. He was also selected to membership on The Connecticut Law Review and is the author of "ERISA's Purpose: The Conveyance of Information from Trustee to Beneficiary," 31 Conn. L. Rev. 735 (1999).

Attorney Barry is admitted to practice law in the State of Connecticut, the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit. He is a member of the Connecticut Bar Association, the Manchester Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the American Association for Justice, the Connecticut Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association and the Connecticut Association of Municipal Attorneys.

Practice Highlights

Prior to forming Barry & Barall, Attorney Barry practiced law with the Hartford law firm of Moukawsher & Walsh, LLC. Attorney Barry's practice concentrated in the areas of civil and commercial litigation, including general insurance defense and personal injury. Attorney Barry has represented insurance companies, banks and other financial institutions in various areas of commercial litigation.

Attorney Barry has experience in bench and jury trials in the State of Connecticut. He has first-chaired and secondchaired numerous trials and hearings before courts and state agencies. He has represented individuals, small businesses and major corporations before the Superior Court, Appellate Court and Supreme Court of the State of Connecticut. He has also argued before the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in New York City.

Today, Attorney Barry's civil practice focuses on class actions, municipal law, commercial litigation and workers compensation defense. Attorney Barry is also a seasoned criminal litigator, having handled hundreds of cases in Connecticut's state and federal courts. He regularly handles some of the most difficult cases in which his clients have been charged with serious felonies, such as murder, armed robbery, home invasion, manslaughter, rape, risk of injury to a minor, child pornography and all types of drug cases. Attorney Barry represents several lenders in residential real estate matters. He also serves as Town Attorney for the Town of Manchester and as a corporator for the Eastern Connecticut Health Network and United Bank.

Politics, Community and Family

In November 2002, Attorney Barry was elected to the Connecticut legislature as the State Representative for the 12th Assembly District representing Manchester. During his tenure in the state legislature, Attorney Barry served as a member of the Finance, Revenue & Bonding, Judiciary and Banks Committees. He was Chairman of the Banks Committee for 4 years and a former member of the Finance Committee's subcommittee on bonding. During this time, he was responsible for crafting various pieces of legislation.

Since 2013, Attorney Barry has been a Commissioner on the Connecticut Freedom of Information Commission. He also is a member of the Regional Advisory Board for Manchester Community College.

Attorney Barry resides in Manchester with his wife, Lisa, and their children, Ryan Jr., Caroline and Henry. He coaches youth basketball in Manchester. Lisa is an Assistant Professor at the University of Connecticut Health Center's Center on Aging and formerly served as an Assistant Professor at the Yale School of Medicine.

Areas of Practice

  • Class Actions
  • Municipal Law
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Workers Compensation

Bar Admissions

  • Connecticut, 2000
  • U.S. District Court District of Connecticut, 2000
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit, 2014


  • University of Connecticut School of Law, Hartford, Connecticut
    • J.D.
    • Law Review: Connecticut Law Review, Member, 1998 - 1999
  • University of Connecticut
    • B.A.
    • Honors: Cum Laude

Published Works

  • Opinion Regarding Filling a Vacancy in the Office of The Mayor (April 14, 2014)
  • ERISA's Purpose: The Conveyance of Information from Trustee to Beneficiary, Connecticut Law Review, 31 Conn. L. Rev. 735 (1999)

Representative Clients

  • Town of Manchester
  • City of Middletown
  • Connecticut Bankers Association

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Life Fellow, Connecticut Bar Foundation (Membership by invitation only and is evidence of professional distinction)
  • Democratic State Convention, Rules Committee, 2018 - Present
  • Connecticut Bar Association, Member
  • Connecticut Bar Association, Member of the Connecticut Council of Bar Presidents
  • Manchester Bar Association, Member
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • American Bar Association, Member of Litigation Section Committees on Class Action Derivatives Suits and Ethics and Professionalism
  • Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association, Member
  • American Association for Justice (AAJ), formerly Association of Trial Lawyers of America (ATLA), Member
  • American Association for Justice (AAJ), Member of Class Action Litigation Group, Member of Personal Jurisdiction Litigation Group, Member of Insurance Law Section, and Member of Sole Practitioner and Small Firm Section
  • Connecticut Freedom of Information Commission, Commissioner, 2013 - Present
  • Connecticut Association of Municipal Attorneys (CAMA), Member, 2010 - Present
  • Connecticut Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (CCDLA), Member, 2013 - Present
  • Connecticut Court Visitation Program, Courtroom Tour Guide
  • Task Force to Examine the Methods to Reduce Costs to Extradite, Member, 2015 - 2016
  • Connecticut House of Representatives, Member, 2003 - 2011
  • Connecticut House of Representatives, Member of Committees on Judiciary, Finance and Banks, Co-Chair, 2008 - 2011
  • Ellington Ridge Country Club, Member
  • St. James Church, Member
  • Yale Club, Member

Pro Bono Activities

  • Coaches Youth Basketball and Baseball in Manchester
  • United Bank, Corporator
  • Eastern Connecticut Health Network, Corporator
  • Manchester Community College, Member, Regional Advisory Board
  • Manchester Democratic Town Committee, Member
  • Lutz Children's Museum in Manchester, Board of Directors (former Member)
  • Cub Scouts, Troop 144, Leadership Committee , 2013 - 2015
  • Presentation, 'End Distracted Driving,' sponsored by the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association, for the benefit of Manchester High School students (March 2015)