Ryan Newell is a litigator who represents clients faced with a variety of business law issues.  Even though his clients are confronted with litigation, Ryan keeps their business concerns and priorities in mind.

Ryan has represented parties in corporate and commercial litigation in the Delaware Court of Chancery, the Delaware Superior Court, the Delaware Supreme Court, and the District of Delaware. He has also represented parties as Delaware counsel in intellectual property litigation in the District of Delaware.

While the bulk of his practice is focused on these types of commercial litigations, Ryan has experience representing government entities and parties in trust litigations. In particular, he was part of a team that successfully defended the State of Delaware before the United States Supreme Court in an original jurisdiction action brought by New Jersey that challenged Delaware’s sovereignty over the Delaware River within its historic Twelve Mile Circle.

Ryan is also frequently appointed by the Court of Chancery and Superior Court to serve as a special discovery master or discovery facilitator in high stakes litigations.  He is a Delaware Superior Court certified mediator and has completed The Sedona Conference’s eDiscovery Negotiation Training program, a prestigious invitation only program.

Ryan is ranked among Delaware’s leading Chancery practitioners according to Chambers USA: Guide to America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. Sources praise Ryan for his “productive and cordial demeanor.”  In addition to Chambers USA, Ryan has been honored by Super Lawyers® and The Best Lawyers in America® and he has been voted by his peers as one of the state’s "Top Lawyers" as identified in Delaware Today magazine. Ryan has received an AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review certification, which is Martindale-Hubbell’s highest rating for lawyers.

Ryan was elected as a Fellow of Litigation Counsel of America, an honorary society for trial attorneys.  He is part of The Fellows of the American Bar Foundation, a global honorary society comprised of attorneys, judges, law faculty and legal scholars whose careers demonstrate an outstanding dedication to the legal profession.

Ryan attended the Dickinson School of Law of the Pennsylvania State University on a Dean’s Scholarship. He was the Casenote Editor for the Penn State Law Review and served as a law clerk to the Honorable Kevin A. Hess in the Cumberland County (Pennsylvania) Court of Common Pleas. As an undergraduate, Ryan graduated from the University of Notre Dame and its Mendoza College of Business, and he currently serves as president of the Notre Dame Club of Delaware.

Bar Admissions

  • Delaware, 2005
  • Pennsylvania, 2008
  • New Jersey, 2008


  • Law Clerk to The Honorable Kevin A. Hess, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania Court of Common Pleas, 2004


  • Litigation Counsel of America, Fellow

  • American Bar Foundation, Fellow

  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rating by Martindale-Hubbell

  • The Best Lawyers in America®, recognized since 2017

  • Delaware Today Top Lawyers, 2015, 2016 and 2021, 2022

  • Chambers USA: Guide to America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, recognized since 2016

  • Recognized in 2024 Lawdragon 500 Leading Litigators in America 

  • Irish Echo: 40 Under 40 Honoree, 2015

  • Delaware Super Lawyers®, recognized since 2014

  • Delaware Super Lawyers® – Rising Star, 2013

  • Delaware State Bar Association’s New Lawyers Distinguished Service Award, 2010