Her Justice Recognizes Partner Ryan Wilson with 2021 Commitment to Justice Award

March 4, 2021 Firm News

Ryan Wilson, a partner in Armstrong Teasdale’s Litigation practice group, has been selected to receive the 2021 Commitment to Justice Award from Her Justice, a nonprofit organization that assists women living in poverty in New York City by recruiting and mentoring volunteer lawyers to provide free legal help to address individual and systemic legal barriers in the areas of family, matrimonial and immigration law.

Wilson received the award for his representation of Natalie Ayala, an indigent woman locked in an ongoing contentious custody dispute with the father of her child. This was Wilson’s third case for Her Justice, and he has performed approximately 250-300 hours of pro bono work for the organization.

“Her Justice is one of the most important and impactful charitable organizations in the city,” he said. “There is a significant and often unmet need to assist women who have been abused and neglected, and who are seeking only to ensure the safety of their children, but who do not have the resources to hire counsel to protect their interests. Her Justice has made it the organization’s mission to fill that need and ensure that these women have the resources necessary to obtain equal access to justice. It is one of the most humbling and rewarding opportunities of my career to work with this organization and I am honored to have been given the ability to play even a small role in providing the representation that these women deserve.”

Wilson is a highly experienced trial lawyer focusing primarily on civil and criminal litigation matters, often involving complex financial products. He has tried over 20 cases to verdict, including civil and criminal trials at both the state and federal level. As an Assistant United States Attorney on President Obama’s Residential Mortgage-Backed Securities (RMBS) Task Force in the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York, Wilson was a lead attorney in the prosecution of the third-largest RMBS issuer/underwriter in the world for its participation in the 2006-2009 worldwide financial crisis. That prosecution led to a $7.2 billion settlement with the government – the largest single-bank fraud prosecution in the history of the United States Department of Justice.

Her Justice will highlight Wilson and other honorees through a week of recognitions starting March 15. For more information about the organization, visit herjustice.org.

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