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, and the Connecticut Association of Municipal Attorneys. In July 2018, Attorney Barry was appointed by the judges of the Superior Court to serve for a 3-year term on the Statewide Grievance Committee. Attorney Barry is also a Life Fellow of the Connecticut Bar Foundation, membership for which is by invitation only, and is evidence of professional distinction.
Prior to forming Barry, Barall & Spinella, 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 second-chaired 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 personal injury, commercial litigation, workers’ compensation defense, municipal law, and NCAA investigations. Attorney Barry is also a seasoned criminal litigator, having handled hundreds of cases in Connecticut's state and federal courts. He has handled 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. Over the years, Attorney Barry has represented several lenders in residential real estate matters. He is currently serving his 5th 2-year term as Town Attorney for the Town of Manchester and is a corporator for the Eastern Connecticut Health Network and United Bank.
Attorney Barry is a lifelong resident of Manchester where he lives with his wife, Lisa, and their three children. Lisa is a tenured Associate Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine’s Department of Psychiatry.
Areas of Practice
- 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, CT
- Connecticut Law Review, Member, 1998-1999
- University of Connecticut
- Honors: cum laude
- Town of Manchester
- City of Middletown
- Connecticut Bankers Association
Professional Associations & Memberships
- 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
- American Bar Association, Member of Litigation Section Committee on Class Action Derivatives Suits and Committee on Ethics and Professionalism
- Connecticut Association of Municipal Attorneys (CAMA), Member, 2010-present
- Connecticut Bar Association, Member
- Connecticut Bar Foundation, James W. Cooper Fellow
- Connecticut Council of Bar Presidents, Member
- Connecticut Court Visitation Program, Courtroom Tour Guide (appointed by Judicial Branch)
- Connecticut Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (CCDLA), Member, 2013-present
- Connecticut House of Representatives, Member, 2003-2011; Member of Committees on Judiciary, Finance, and Banks, Co-Chair, 2008-2011
- Connecticut Freedom of Information Commission, Commissioner, 2013-present
- Task Force to Examine the Methods to Reduce Costs to Extradite, Member, 2015-2016 (appointed by President of the Senate)
- Manchester Little League, Board of Directors, Member, 2018-present
- Youth Basketball and Baseball Coach in Manchester
- Manchester Community College, Member, Regional Advisory Board
- Manchester Democratic Town Committee, Executive Committee, Member
- Democratic State Convention, Rules Committee, Member, 2018
- Giants Neck Improvement Corporation, Board of Directors, Member
- Eastern Connecticut Health Network, Corporator
- United Bank, Corporator
- Cub Scouts Leadership Committee Member for Troop 144, 2013-2015
- Lutz Children’s Museum in Manchester, Board of Directors, Former Member
- St. James Church, Member
- St. James School Foundation, Board of Directors, Member, 2017-present
Published Works & Presentations
- Manchester Town Attorney, 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)
- “End Distracted Driving,” presentation sponsored by the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association, for the benefit of Manchester High School students