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Ryan M. Poplawski

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Ryan Poplawski focuses his practice on general litigation assisting clients in the areas of personal injury, products liability, professional malpractice and commercial litigation. He approaches litigation matters as a trusted adviser offering clients practical and timely advice throughout the engagement that supports the business and individual objectives of the case. Mr. Poplawski has successfully obtained summary judgments and tried cases to verdict.

He frequently advises and defends clients in matters related to trucking litigation, accident investigation, labor law claims, wrongful death suits, and premises and products liability issues. In addition, he advises trucking and transportation clients concerning compliance with safety regulations, the Motor Carrier Safety Act and the Department of Transportation; the best practices to limit exposure; review of contracts and leases; compliance with recordkeeping requirements; and OSHA and contamination matters.

Mr. Poplawski also represents institutions, such as major hospital systems, community hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, outpatient programs, health care systems and individual clients with New York Mental Hygiene proceedings and matters including: Article 81 Guardianships; Article 17-A Guardianships for the developmentally disabled; and Article 9 petitions for both involuntary retention and treatments over objection.

He served as a judicial intern to the Honorable Glenn T. Suddaby in the District Court for the Northern District of New York while in law school.

  • University at Buffalo Law School, J.D., cum laude, 2015
    • Buffalo Intellectual Property Law Journal – Associate
    • Buffalo-Niagara Trial Team
    • Jessup International Law Moot Court Board
    • Student Bar Associate – Class Director
  •  Siena College, B.S., 2012
    • Student Athlete Advisory Committee
    • Public Safety Advisory Committee
    • MAAC All-Academic Team
    • Leo Dufort Award Winner for Student-Athlete Honors



  • Member, ALFA International, Transportation Steering Committee
  • Member, Onondaga County Bar Association, Co-Chair of the Young Lawyers Section
  • Member, New York State Bar Association
  • Sherrill Athletic Club (Sherrill Silversmith Baseball Club), Board Member

Honors & Recognitions:

  • Selected, Upstate New York Super Lawyers – Rising Star (2021, 2022)
  • Selected, The Best Lawyers in America “Ones to Watch” (2021 – 2024)
  • Recipient, Northern District of New York Pro Bono Service Award (2016)