Kalamazoo College, B.A., 2004, cum laude
Thomas M. Cooley Law School, J.D. 2008, magna cum laude, top 1% of graduating class
- Sol Siegal Award
- Shane Joseph Memorial Scholarship
- Certificates of Merit (Research and Writing, Advanced Legal Writing, Property I and Property II, Secured Transactions, Contracts I and II, Criminal Procedures, and Moot Court)
Ryan C. Plecha
Ryan is an exceptional attorney that possesses a unique understanding of the law, business and people that he implements in his litigation practice. Ryan’s practice focuses on both civil and commercial litigation, which spans a wide range of substantive law from shareholder and contract disputes to antitrust matters. Ryan has been involved in a variety of complex and high stakes matters throughout his career, including bet-the-company litigation and nationally significant cases. Ryan has also served as local counsel for some of the nation's largest and most prestigious law firms. In his practice, Ryan is driven by the guiding principle that law is a service profession and he is dedicated to providing, zealous, ethical and understanding representation.
Prior to joining KORO, Ryan was a Partner at a prestigious Birmingham litigation firm. Throughout his law school and legal career, Ryan has gained a unique set of experiences, including serving as a judicial intern for both the Honorable Justice Robert Young of the Michigan Supreme Court and the Honorable Gerald E. Rosen, Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court, forming and operating Plecha Legal, PLLC and serving as a research and writing clerk for the Michigan Law Revision Commission.
To stay current on the various aspects of his practice, Ryan is dedicated to attending a wide range of continuing education courses through the Institute of Continuing Legal Education, the State Bar of Michigan and the American Bar Association. Ryan recently attended the American Bar Association Annual Conference, the ABA’s Class Action Institute, the State Bar of Michigan’s Young Lawyer’s Summit and ICLE’s Oral Advocacy for Litigators. Not only does Ryan attend continuing education classes, but he is active on ICLE’s New Lawyers Advisory Board and acts as a Liaison to the ICLE Litigation Board, which allows Ryan to be at the forefront of emerging issues and providing input on what continuing legal education is necessary. Ryan is serving his second term on the Executive Council of the State Bar of Michigan’s Young Lawyers Section.
AREAS OF EXPERTISE
Business and Commercial Litigation
State Bar of Michigan (2008)
United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan (2008)
United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit(2013)
MEMBERSHIPS, APPOINTMENTS & PROFESSIONAL RECOGNITIONS
- Oakland County Bar Association, Fellow
- American Bankruptcy Institute
- American Bar Association
- Federal Bar Association & Eastern District of Michigan Chapter
- The Oakland County Bar Association American Inn of Court
- Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association
- Member of the Institute of Continuing Legal Education's New Lawyers Advisory Board Liaison to ICLE
- Litigation Board and Community Champion
- Executive Council of the State Bar of Michigan’s Young Lawyers Section
- Turnaround Management Association
- Michigan Super Lawyers Rising Star for 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 & 2017
- Michigan Lawyers Weekly Up & Coming Lawyer, 2014
- Top Young Lawyer, DBusiness Magazine, 2015
- Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association Barristers President's Award, 2015
- 40 Under 40, Crain's Detroit Business, 2015
- AV Rated (Preeminent), Martindale-Hubbell, 2016
- Top Lawyer, DBusiness Magazine, 2016
- State Bar of Michigan District I Character and Fitness Committee
- State Bar of Michigan, Subcommittee Member on Expert Witnesses
CLIENT & PROFESSIONAL ENDORSEMENTS
MEDIA APPEARANCES (Multimedia)
- Crains 40 Under 40 2015
- DBusiness Top Young Lawyer 2015
- Michigan Lawyers Weekly Up and Coming Michigan Young Lawyer 2014
- Center for Citizenship: Detroit Bankruptcy Panel Discussion (VIDEO)
- WDET's Detroit Today with Shirley Lightsey and Ryan Plecha (Detroit Today Audio Clip)
- WWJ 950: Detroit Ready for Judge's Decision on Bankruptcy(Interview Clip 1 & Interview Clip 2)
- CBS Radio: Ryan Plecha Discusses Pensioner Approval of the Grand Bargain
- WDET: Ryan Plecha and DRCEA President, Shirley Lightsey, Recommend Plan Support
- ClickOnDetroit: Full police, fire pensions in Detroit bankruptcy?
- Channel 7 Action News: Deal reached between city and Retired Detroit Police and Firefighters Association, no pension cuts
- Al Jazeera America
- WKAR: Detroit's officially bankrupt, what's next?
- Detroit’s Plan of Adjustment: Breaking it down for pensioners
MEDIA APPEARANCES (Print)
- CBS News/AP: Detroit retirees, workers overwhelmingly OK pension cuts
- The Detroit Free Press: What to expect in Detroit's $18-billion bankruptcy vote due today
- Fox News: Detroit strikes two deals over pensions with police, firefighters, other former employees
- Yahoo! News: Detroit makes deal with retired cops, firefighters
- Time: Detroit Cuts Deal With Retired Police and Firefighters
- Las Vegas Sun: Detroit makes deal with retired cops, firefighters
- Benefits Canada: Detroit reaches pension agreement with retiree group
- News-Medical.net: Detroit reaches agreement on pension and healthcare benefits with RDPFFA
- Pensions & Investments: Detroit pension funds reach tentative deals on pension benefit cuts
- Police News: Bankrupt Detroit reaches pension deal with police, fire
- USA Today: Retired police, firefighters reach deal with Detroit
- Los Angeles Times: Detroit reaches pension deal with retired police, firefighters
- CBS Local: No Pension Cuts for Retired Detroit Police, Firefighters In Bankruptcy Agreement
- Crain's Detroit Business: Detroit offers deal to preserve most benefits for police, fire retirees
- Michigan Radio: Detroit bankruptcy mediators announce a deal with police and fire pensions
PUBLISHED WORKS & PRESENTATIONS
A collection of Mr. Plecha's papers, pictures and campaign material from his involvement in the Detroit Bankruptcy is available at the University of Michigan Bentley Historical Museum. For more information, click here.
Contributing author, Michigan's Guide to the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (Link to PDF)
Research assistant, “Annual Survey of Commercial and Contract Law,” The Wayne Law Review, Spring 2008
Precluding Antitrust Scrutiny of Age-Based Eligibility Requirements in Professional Sports Via Unilateral Uniqueness.
The Role of Crisis-Driven Collaboration in Detroit’s Recovery – Guest Lecturer - University of Michigan: Ford School of Public Policy, December 4, 2017.
Michigan Notable Books Lecture and Discussion Panel (Detroit Resurrected, by Nathan Bomey) – Panelist - Wayne State University Law School, April 4, 2017,
Lessons from Detroit: Municipal Bankruptcy and its Implications on City and Local Government Operations – Panelist – American Bar Association YLD Fall Conference 2016, October 21, 2016.