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Friday, September 13, 2013

American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell(tm), selected Rory Ryan as a '2013 Top Rated Lawyer in Energy/Environmental.

Rory Ryan has been selected as a '2013 Top Rated Lawyer in Energy/Environmental.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

NEW Form I-9 for Employers

Be in Compliance with the New Government Form!

Since enactment of the Immigration and Reform Control Act of 1986, employers have been required to verify an employee’s identity and authority to work in the United States.  To do so, employers have completed the familiar Form I-9 for all newly hired employees.  While there have been some changes to the form in past years, the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, has recently issued a newly revised version of the familiar USCIS Form I-9.  

The revised version of Form I-9 became effective March 8, 2013 and includes significantly increased instructions and explanation.  The new form should be used for all newly hired employees (although there was a transition period allowing continued use of the prior version of the form up until May 7, 2013).  Failure to use or properly complete the correct form may subject employers to penalties.  

Form I-9 must be completed by all newly hired employees no later than the first day of employment and employers have 3-days to review and verify the documentation submitted by employees for that purpose.  

Additionally, record retention requirements continue to apply to all completed Form I-9s.  For instance, employers are required to keep all completed Form I-9s for the duration of an employee’s employment and for an employee whose job terminates, employers must also continue to keep the employee’s Form I-9 for three years after the date of hire or for one year after the date of job termination, whichever date is later in time.  Further, it is advisable to keep Form I-9s separate from the personnel files to reduce risk of improper use and for ease of access in the event of an I-9 audit by a government agency, as audits have been on the rise in recent years.  For example, Form I-9s may be maintained in a separate log or file; typically one for current employees and a separate one for terminated employees.

For additional information, contact Cynthia B. Ryan at or 407-359-0403.

Click here for the new I-9 Form

Friday, November 2, 2012

U.S. News & World Report Names RyanLaw As a U.S. and Orlando Florida “Best Law Firm” for Litigation- Environmental

November 1, 2012 – U.S. News Media Group and Best Lawyers®, publisher of the international business news magazine U.S. News and World Report, in its just-released annual ranking of 11,098 eligible U.S. law firms, has named RyanLaw one of its 155 highest-ranked Litigation-Environmental law firms in the United States.

RyanLaw is one of only two law firms in Orlando, fourteen firms with offices located in Florida, to receive First-Tier rankings for Litigation-Environmental.  RyanLaw’s “high ranking is a special distinction that signals a unique combination of excellence and breadth of expertise.”  U.S. News Media Group and Best Lawyers© Release, Washington D.C. – November 1, 2012.

The U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” rankings provide a view of the U.S. legal profession that is unprecedented both in the range of firms represented and in the range of qualitative and quantitative data used to develop rankings.  The rigorous evaluation process included the collection of client and attorney evaluations, including peer review from leading attorneys in their practice area.  The rankings incorporated nearly 4.3 million evaluations of 68,761 individual leading lawyers collected by Best Lawyers in its most recent annual survey.  All of the quantitative and qualitative data was combined into an overall “Best Law Firms” score for each firm.  This data was then compared to other law firms within the same metropolitan area and at the national level.  The First-Tier includes those law firms that scored within a certain percentage of the highest scoring law firms across the nation.  “By combining hard data with peer reviews, and client assessments, we continue to believe we are providing clients with the most thorough, accurate, and helpful rankings of law firms ever developed.”  Steven Naifeh, President of Best Lawyers.

RyanLaw is an “AV-Rated” law firm offering environmental, employment, and commercial litigation services, and is located in the metropolitan Orlando area, serving clients across Florida.

Additional information on the firm can be found at its newly expanded website, or (407) 359-0403.  Principal Rory Ryan can be reached by e-mail at


Friday, December 2, 2011

Pesticide contamination on golf course: Florida DEP position

Florida does not have statewide soil standards; however, when cleanup is required as a result of a spill or dumping of a chemical onto the ground, Soil Cleanup Target Levels(SCTLs) are used by the State of Florida Department of Environmental Protection to determine when cleanup is complete.  The Central District of DEP just posted the following relating to a golf course property where adjacent residential property owners are expressing concern about the offsite migration from the golf course of the pesticide Dieldrin.  (In the past, it was common construction practice to use Dieldrin as a subsurface slab treatment.)

"The DEP does not generally enforce Direct Exposure-based SCTLs when a pesticide is present as a result of proper use of a product. The Leachability-based SCTLs may be enforceable if dumping, spilling, or misapplying a pesticide can be linked to groundwater contamination.”  



Friday, August 12, 2011

Rory Ryan Presentation; "Duty to Preserve Evidence and Protect Environmental Reports"

Rory Ryan presented "Duty to Preserve Evidence and Protect Environmental Reports" and Stacy Watson May presented "Commercial Lending Update: From Lender Liability in Foreclosures to Current Market" at the Florida Bar Environmental and Land Use Law Section Annual Update in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, in August 2011. 

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Cindy Ryan to Present at Rollins College Leadership Academy

Cindy Brennan Ryan is presenting at Rollins College Leadership Academy Employment Law Symposium in November 2011 in Winter Park, Florida.

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