Ryan J. Cooper emphasizes efficiently managing legal risk through problem solving, strategic advice, and counseling. An honors graduate of Rutgers School of Law, Ryan began his career as law clerk to United States District Court Judge Renée Marie Bumb. Ryan entered private practice as an Associate with the international law firm Morgan Lewis & Bockius, and later as an Associate and then Litigation Counsel with Lowenstein Sandler. Ryan founded the Privacy and Information Governance practice group at Pashman Stein before opening and managing the Law Office of Ryan J. Cooper.

Ryan’s advice and litigation strategy focuses on achieving the results that matter for each client, recognizing that each client is different. Ryan draws upon a decade of experience counseling clients and successfully litigating matters in state and federal courts throughout the country. With a depth of experience that includes high-stakes litigation, risk mitigation strategies, and insurance coverage counseling, Ryan has the unique skill set to develop a cost-effective and global strategy to meet client’s legal and business goals.

Ryan is a leader both in the legal field and his local community. Ryan serves as a volunteer member of the New Jersey Supreme Court Ethics Committee for Union County, the Cranford Board of Education, and formerly served as a Trustee and Board Secretary for the ACLU-NJ. Ryan writes and lectures frequently on technology, privacy, and information management issues. Ryan is certified as an Information Privacy Professional on US private sector law by the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP).

Please see Practice Areas for greater detail on Ryan’s specific experience and expertise.

Additional information, including a list of Ryan’s publications, can be found on LinkedIn, and you can follow Ryan on Twitter.

Reported & Notable Decisions

Silverman v. Miranda, 918 F. Supp. 2d 200 (S.D.N.Y. 2013): On behalf of ERISA multi-employer fund, successful motion for summary judgment for unpaid contributions.

DBA Distribution Services, Inc. v. All Source Freight Solutions, Inc., No. 11-cv-3901, 2012 WL 845929 at 4 (D.N.J. Mar. 13, 2012): On behalf of independent logistics agency, successful motion to dismiss with prejudice on an issue of first impression holding that exclusive agency agreement was breached by assignment of contract by operation of law in a reverse triangular merger.

Ilarraza v. Medtronic, Inc., 677 F. Supp. 2d 582 (E.D.N.Y. 2009): On behalf of medical device manufacturer, successful motion to dismiss personal injury claims.

Pruco Life Insurance Co. v. Wilmington Trust Co., 616 F. Supp. 2d 210 (D.R.I. 2009): On behalf of life insurer, successfully opposed motion to dismiss for lack of personal jurisdiction.

Professional/Civic Activities

Member, Cranford Board of Education

Member, Supreme Court of New Jersey District XII (Union County) Ethics Committee

Former Trustee, American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey

Former NJ KnowledgeNet Co-Chair, International Association of Privacy Professionals

Representative Speaking Engagements:

Ass’n of Corporate Counsel Annual Conference
Ethical Issues in Privacy for In-House Counsel                     

U.S. Dep’t of Homeland Security, Immigration & Customs Enforcement Cybersecurity: Privacy, Information Security & Risk Management

N.J. Office of Attorney Ethics Annual Conference
Research Outside The Box For Government Investigators     

N.J. ICLE: Corporate Counsel Institute
Litigation–Insights and Lessons Learned in Information Governance:
Electronic Discovery and Beyond

NAPABA Super-Regional Conference
Social Media and Privacy Law


Rutgers School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 2006
Rutgers College, B.A., 2003


Hon. Renée Marie Bumb,
U.S. District Court for the D.N.J.

Bar/Court Admissions

  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, for the Western District of New York