Adams Leclair Expands Team with New Hire Ryan Lefkowitz
April 11, 2023
Adams Leclair LLP has expanded its commercial litigation team once again with the addition of fifth year associate Ryan Lefkowitz. Ryan brings solid experience in litigation practice and served as law clerk to United States District Judge Brenda Sannes in Syracuse. After graduating magna cum laude from Syracuse University College of Law, Ryan joined a New York City law firm where she focused her practice in commercial litigation and criminal law, before relocating to Upstate New York in 2020.
While attending Syracuse University, Ryan had an externship at the United States Attorney’s Office. Notably, however, Ryan says she received invaluable insight the year before she went to law school. Ryan is an avid equestrian and show jumping competitor. That year, Ryan worked in Florida and Virginia in the equestrian industry.
“Working in the client-driven equestrian industry gave me an appreciation for what it is like to be an attorney,” explained Ryan Lefkowitz. “As a manager, I found solutions that protected my client’s interests and many of the skills I learned in the equestrian business have directly transferred to my practice of law. Learning a new area of law and then immediately arguing on behalf of a client is one of the things that makes litigating specifically exciting for me.”
Partner Paul Leclair says Ryan Lefkowitz brings many resources to the firm. “Ryan has an impressive background. Her interests in discovery, securities litigation, as well as civil rights cases will certainly support our clients. I could also stand to have a riding lesson.”
During the pandemic, Ryan worked for another Rochester law firm in commercial litigation and medical malpractice. Ryan plans to use her free time competing in equestrian events, riding a six-year-old Dutch Warmblood she nicknamed Mensa.