Ryan Van Osdol

Ryan has substantial experience representing individuals and business entities in commercial litigation matters. He has successfully represented numerous clients in state and federal trial courts, state and federal appellate courts, and the Illinois Supreme Court. In addition to court proceedings, Ryan has also obtained excellent results for clients in both mediation and arbitration forums. The types of claims he handles, includes: breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, successor liability, piercing the corporate veil, fraud, collection matters, defamation, negligence, tortious interference with contract and other rights, property damage, civil rights violations, shareholder disputes, creditor’s and debtor’s rights, employment disputes, trade secrets, restrictive covenants, mechanic’s liens and other construction disputes, probate litigation, and personal injury.

In addition to litigation, Ryan also provides general counsel to corporate clients. He has experience in representing business clients from their infancy stages, including entity selection and formation, registering with the Secretary of State and IRS, and drafting internal governance documents. He also has experience advising business clients on the issues that they face on a day-to-day basis, including: corporate compliance issues, employment issues, contract issues, key communications, and other important legal decisions required for the successful operation of their business.

When not practicing law, Ryan enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, golfing, playing poker, and reading.

Key Cases

  • Pawula v. McCormick, et al., DuPage County, Illinois, Case No. 18-CH-516, Lead trial attorney, obtained injunctive relief appointing minority shareholders as custodians of corporation for liquidation; recovered a judgment in excess of $2,000,000 on behalf of minority shareholders for claims based on the wrongful conduct of the majority shareholder, including violations of 805 ILCS 5/12.56, breach of fiduciary duty, conversion and tortious interference with business relationship; used sophisticated collection strategies that were employed in Illinois, Minnesota, Nevada and California to successfully recover the judgment amount.
  • FPC Services, Inc. v. GSG LLC, Lee County, Illinois, Case No. 18-L-25, and American Arbitration Association, Trial attorney on trial team that successfully recovered an award and judgment in excess of $600,000, which was subsequently collected in full, and also successfully defended against counterclaims, in which a recovery of more than $3,000,000 was sought.
  • AUI Construction Group v. Vaessen, et al., Lee County, Illinois, Case 14-CH-38, Trial and appellate attorney, successfully defended wind farm developer in trial court by obtaining summary judgment on mechanic’s lien claims brought by subcontractor; drafted the appellate brief and presented oral argument in the Illinois Appellate Court, which affirmed the trial court’s judgment in favor of our developer client.
  • Mamacita, Inc. v. Colborne Acquisitions, LLC, United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Case No. 10-CV-6861, Trial attorney on trial team that successfully represented Bankruptcy Trustee and New Jersey food products manufacturer regarding claims for successor liability and fraud, resolving a judgment that had been entered against the predecessor entity for an amount in excess of $500,000.00.
  • Curtis v. Village of Mount Prospect, et al., United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Case No. 08-cv-3527: Trial attorney on trial team that recovered a $6,500,000.00 settlement for the Plaintiff based on claims for violations of his First Amendment Right to Free Speech, violations of his Fourteenth Amendment Right to Equal Protection of the Laws, and the Defendants’ violations of the civil RICO statute.
  • Sound Experience v. Global ConnX, et al., Cook County, Illinois, Case No. 07-L-6678, Trial attorney on trial team that successfully defended fraud claims and efforts to pierce the corporate veil to impose personal liability on the individual defendants, recovering a judgment of no liability for all defendants on all counts after trial.
  • Catmet v. Melnick, et al., Cook County, Illinois, Case No. 05-L-9164, Lead collection counsel, employed creative collection strategies in Florida, Illinois, Minnesota, Arizona and California to execute recover in excess of $2,000,000, and conducted bench trials resulting in multiple judgment debtors being held in contempt for their efforts in attempting to avoid satisfaction of the judgment.

Education & Licenses


  • Southern Illinois University, B.A. in Paralegal Studies, with honors (2004)
  • The John Marshall Law School, J.D., cum laude (2008)
    • Law Review Member
    • Moot Court – Finalist in Herzog Moot Court Competition
    • Dean’s List


  • Illinois – Trial Courts, Appellate Courts, and Supreme Court
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin
  • United States Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit

Awards & Memberships


  • Illinois Super Lawyers has recognized Ryan Van Osdol as a Rising Star consecutively from 2012-2020.
  • No more than 2.5% of Illinois attorneys are selected as Rising Stars. Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding attorneys from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Attorneys cannot pay to be listed as a Super Lawyers Rising Star. The annual selections are made using a rigorous multi-phased process that includes a statewide survey, independent research, and peer reviews by practice area.

  • Martindale-Hubbell has assigned Ryan Van Osdol the AV Preeminent Rating from 2013 through the present.
  • Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™ fall into two categories - legal ability and general ethical standards.Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™ recognize lawyers for their strong legal ability and high ethical standards. Individuals seeking legal counsel, as well as attorneys looking to refer a colleague, use these ratings to identify, evaluate and select the most appropriate lawyer. An elite group of approximately 10 percent of all attorneys holds an AV Preeminent Rating, a designation trusted worldwide by buyers and referrers of legal services.AV Preeminent® is the highest peer rating standard. This rating signifies that a large number of the lawyer’s peers rank him or her at the highest level of professional excellence for their legal knowledge, communication skills and ethical standards. AV Preeminent® is a Certification Mark used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell® certification procedures, standards and policies.


  • Illinois State Bar Association Civil Practice and Procedure Section Council (current member)
  • Illinois State Bar Association Commercial Banking, Collection, and Bankruptcy Section Council (former member)
  • Illinois State Bar Association Corporate Law Department Section Council (current member)
  • Illinois State Bar Association Law Office Management and Economics Section Council (current member)
  • Illinois State Bar Association Legal Technology Section Council (current member)

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