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Christian M. Ryba

Associate | cryba@smsm.com
Associate | Chicago, IL
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Chris Ryba is a seasoned trial lawyer and litigator with extensive experience defending products liability, personal injury, commercial and employment-related matters. Over the course of his legal career, Chris has obtained favorable defense results for employers, service providers, manufacturers and distributors in a variety of industries and capacities. He also has extensive experience in the coordination of nationwide mass-tort pattern litigation. Chris came to the practice of law with nine years of significant business experience, which instilled a particular sensitivity to “the bottom line." 

Chris’ approach to litigation is driven by concern for his client’s interests. His client-centric, rather than “gladiator,” approach promotes the most effective and cost-efficient defense possible and has enabled the successful defense of individual lawsuits and more complex nationwide mass-tort litigation.

Honors

  • Awarded best regional orator, Philip C. Jessup international moot court competition (Loyola University).
  • Awarded Leadership and Service Award (Loyola University).

Professional & Civic Involvement

  • Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel
  • Defense Research Institute
  • American Bar Association
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Judge/Evaluator for Phillip C. Jessup Moot Court Competition, co-sponsored by The American Bar Association and Loyola University School of Law
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of America

Representative Matters

  • Summary judgment of first-party bad faith action against insurer under Illinois insurance code in Cook County, Illinois.
  • Helped obtain triple defense verdict in high-profile infusion device product liability action in the U.S. District Court of Oregon.
  • Secured “nuisance value” settlement in commercial litigation involving the nationwide outbreak of listeria monocytogenes in the U.S. District Court of Wisconsin.
  • Involuntary dismissal of medical device manufacturer in wrongful death action pending in Kentucky State Court
  • Defense verdict for construction equipment manufacturer in product liability action in DuPage County, Illinois. 
  • Plaintiff’s verdict in derivative action involving shareholder fraud and embezzlement in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

contributing editor

"LexisNexis Practice Guide: Illinois Personal Injury Litigation" (2014 Edition).

Education

Loyola University, J.D., studied EU commercial law and compliance at Hertford College, Oxford University (2007)

DePaul University, B.A., U.S. Constitutional History (1997)

Admissions

  • Illinois, 2007
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, 2007
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ilinois, Trial Bar, 2008