Ryan J. Byrnes

Ryan J. Byrnes, Esq.


(201) 587-0888 Ext 6414


Ryan J. Byrnes is an associate attorney in the firm’s Tax, Trusts, and Estates and Business, Corporate & Commercial Departments. Ryan focuses his practice on estate planning, trust and estate administration, as well as business tax planning, estate litigation and various residential and commercial transactional matters.

Prior to joining Wells, Jaworski & Liebman, LLP, Ryan practiced in the Trusts & Estates Department at a Rockland County law firm, and a midsize law firm based in Westchester and New York City. Ryan has conducted various Supreme Court and Surrogate’s Court proceedings throughout the five boroughs, representing clients in a wide range of estate related litigation including accounting disputes, claims against fiduciaries, and will contests.  Ryan draws on his experience to counsel clients on a wide array of estate planning and Surrogate’s Court matters to avoid common missteps that may otherwise lead to costly litigation, such as developing a defensive estate planning strategy.

Ryan earned his undergraduate degree from McDaniel College where he majored in Sociology with a specialization in Criminal Justice and received a Minor in Arabic language and studies. Ryan went on to pursue his law degree from New England School of Law in Boston, Massachusetts. During law school, Ryan earned recognition on the Public Service Honor Roll for his time volunteering with the New England Innocence Project, which provides pro bono legal representation to individuals who have been wrongfully convicted.

Ryan is admitted to practice law in the State Courts of New York and New Jersey, the U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York and the District of New Jersey. He is an active member of the Bergen County Bar Association and Trusts & Estates Section of the New York State Bar Association. In 2020, Ryan was selected as a Super Lawyers Rising Star in the areas of Estate Planning and Probate.

Ryan lives in River Vale with his wife, Brittany, and their son, Colin.


Tax, Trusts, and Estates
Business and Corporate Tax Planning
Estate and Business Litigation
Residential and Commercial Real Estate
General Corporate/Business Counseling


J.D., New England School of Law – 2015
B.A. in Sociology, McDaniel College – 2012


New Jersey, 2015
New York, 2016


U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey, 2015
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, 2018
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York, 2018


Bergen County Bar Association
New York State Bar Association


New York Metro Super Lawyers Rising Star – Estate Planning and Probate Law – 2020

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