Alexander P. Ryan is a partner in the Executive Compensation & Employee Benefits Department, specializing in ERISA Title I matters. Alex advises plan sponsors and plan service providers with respect to a range of fiduciary issues arising under ERISA and the Internal Revenue Code, including Department of Labor guidance and regulations.

Alex’s work focuses on a variety of investment-related matters, including issues arising under the fiduciary and prohibited transaction provisions of ERISA related to the structure, design, and implementation of various investment products, such as private equity, real estate, hedge funds, commodity and real assets funds, and many others. He has substantial experience applying ERISA’s prohibited transaction rules to these types of investment products. In addition to his transactional work, Alex represents clients in DOL enforcement actions and investigations.

Alex has been recognized as a leading lawyer in Chambers USA (2023) for Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation (District of Columbia).


Prior to joining Willkie in 2021, Alex was a Principal at Groom Law Group.



Wake Forest University School of Law, J.D., 2001 St. John Fisher College, B.A. (summa cum laude), 1996

Bar Admissions

District of Columbia North Carolina

Court Admissions

United States Supreme Court United States Court of Appeals, 4th Circuit United States Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit United States District Court, Middle District of North Carolina United States District Court, District of Columbia United States District Court, Eastern District of Michigan