Ryan joined the predecessor of Lippitt O’Keefe in 2008 and has been with Lippitt O’Keefe since its founding. His practice focuses on both civil litigation and commercial litigation. Ryan also directs his time and talents to areas of real estate, estate planning, and corporate formation. Since joining the firm, Ryan has been involved in a variety of complex matters, including, the defense of a multimillion dollar antitrust class action suit; representing the selling company in a multimillion dollar post stock purchase agreement closing dispute; and defending an automotive company in multimillion dollar litigation involving suppliers. In addition, Ryan’s practice includes drafting estate plans for diverse clientele, family law matters, representing plaintiffs and defendants in class actions cases and counseling clients in a variety of other civil and commercial litigation matters.
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. Within the past year Ryan has 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 giving input on what continuing legal education is necessary. Ryan has also recently been appointed to the Executive Council of the State Bar of Michigan’s Young Lawyers Section, working with other members to provide education, information, and analysis about issues of concern through meetings, seminars, this site, public service programs, and publication of a newsletter.
Prior to joining the firm, Ryan served as a judicial intern to the Honorable Gerald E. Rosen, Chief Judge, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. He then established Plecha Legal, a general practice firm engaged in cases concerning civil litigation, family law, estate planning, and corporate formations. During this time, Ryan also served as a research and writing clerk for the Michigan Law Revision Commission.
While earning his law degree, Ryan received several prestigious honors, including the Sol Siegal Award and the Shane Joseph Memorial Scholarship. In addition to his legal studies, Ryan also served as a judicial intern for Justice Robert P. Young, Michigan Supreme Court, acted as a managing associate editor for the Thomas M. Cooley Law Review, and was elected as a senator of the Student Bar Association.
United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
American Bankruptcy Institute
American Bar Association
The Oakland County Bar Association American Inn of Court
Member of the Institute of Continuing Legal Education's New Lawyers Advisory Board Liason to ICLE Litigation Board and Community Champion
Executive Council of the State Bar of Michigan’s Young Lawyers Section
Named a Super Lawyers Rising Star for 2013 and 2014
CBS Radio: Ryan Plecha Discusses Pensioner Approval of the Grand Bargain
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DRCEA Agrees to Terms with the City of Detroit (Fox 2 Interview)
Fox 2 News: Detroit makes deal with retired police officers, firefighters
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
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WKAR: Detroit's officially bankrupt, what's next?
Detroit’s Plan of Adjustment: Breaking it down for pensioners
Let it Rip: Detroit bankruptcy judge rejects $169M deal with banks
Lawyers wrap case in Detroit bankruptcy trial
MEDIA APPEARANCES (Print)
CBS News/AP: Detroit retirees, workers overwhelmingly OK pension cuts
The Detroit News: Final ballots extremely unlikely to trip up Detroit's Grand Bargain
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
Wall Street Journal: Detroit Reaches Deal with Police, Firefighter Retirees--Update
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
Ryan C. Plecha
Lippitt O'Keefe, PLLC
370 E. Maple Road
Birmingham, MI 48009