Ryan P. Theriault, Partner
After graduating from DePaul University’s College of Law and passing the bar, Ryan P. Theriault immediately began practice as a trial attorney to pursue his passion to help those that have been harmed by others, and to provide them with a better grasp of the law along the way.
“I don’t want to meet with a client and tell them to ‘sign this and sign this.’ I want them to understand the litigation, what they’re signing, why they’re doing it, and to be an active part of the legal process. I want them to be comfortable leaving our office knowing they received great legal direction and representation.”
Ryan is a life-long resident of the Chicago and Fox Valley areas, and uses that approach when representing families harmed by the negligence of others.
“You have to put yourself in their shoes to truly understand their pain and suffering,” Theriault explains. “If someone has been injured on the job and their employer or the insurance company has taken away their weekly paycheck, the only means of supporting their family, they throw themselves completely in your lap. At that point, we are prepared to fight on their behalf.”
Prior to practicing law, Ryan worked for a large Chicago-area police department. As a result, Ryan has a special interest in representing public safety officers who have been injured as a result of their dedicated service to others.
When not devoting his time and efforts to his clients, Ryan offers his expertise to Prairie State Legal Services on a pro bono basis, has volunteered for the Kane County Bar Association’s “Ask A Lawyer” phone bank service and served as a judge for local mock trial competitions. He has presented at Continuing Legal Education seminars and has been published on the topic of workers compensation issues.
In 2012, Ryan was profiled by his alma mater, DePaul University, in “Success Stories from Alumni under 40.”
Ryan is licensed to practice in the State of Illinois and in Illinois’ Northern District of the U.S. District Court. He is a proud member of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, American Association for Justice, Illinois State Bar Association, and the Kane County Bar Association.
Ryan is an elected member of the Illinois State Bar Association’s Assembly, representing Illinois’ 16th Judicial Circuit. Founded in 1877, the Illinois State Bar Association is the premier legal association in the State of Illinois. As a voluntary organization of more than 30,000 members, the Association's primary focus is to assist Illinois lawyers in the practice of law and to promote improvements in the administration of justice.
Outside of the office, Ryan is a supporter of Special Olympics Illinois, Operation Support our Troops, Fox Valley Volunteer Hospice, and other charitable organizations.