In Respectful Memory of Edward M. Ryder

Edward M. Ryder

Edward M. Ryder

With great sadness, MRR Law mourns the passing of founding partner Edward M. Ryder, who lost a long and courageous battle with cancer this April.

Mr. Ryder joined forces with Thomas S. Mazanec and Todd M. Raskin to form Mazanec, Raskin & Ryder Co., L.P.A. in 1984. In his legal career, he focused his practice on insurance defense, including auto and commercial trucking, product and professional liability, and construction litigation. In addition to an impressive trial record handling large liability cases, Mr. Ryder also served as a Partner-in-Charge during his tenure with the firm, providing leadership and vision that helped grow the firm. He retired from the firm in April 2014.

“Ed was always known as a good man and a steadying influence for our firm. He was the ultimate team player, even moving to Columbus to guide that office when the firm needed, before returning to Cleveland to finish his career,” said John McLandrich, Partner. “He was always a good colleague.”

In addition to practicing law, Mr. Ryder held several political offices such as a member of the Ohio House of Representatives (1971-1972), Clerk of the Euclid City Council (1978-1979), and as a Newbury Township Trustee (1991-1994). He also served as Geauga County GOP Chairman and on the Geauga County Board of Elections. Mr. Ryder earned his Juris Doctor from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law after receiving his B.A. from Cleveland State University.

“When I began with the firm many years ago, and for long after, Ed could always be counted on for guidance, advice, and a helping hand with any kind of problem or issue.  I’ll miss him dearly,” said James A. Climer, Partner. “His reputation for integrity remains a legacy for us.”

“Ed’s commitment to excellence guided us during his time at the firm and continues to do so,” said Joseph Nicholas, Partner. “A fellow graduate of St. Joseph High School, I will miss sharing stories about our alma mater. Ed was, simply, a good man.”

MRR Law extends condolences to his wife of 52 years, Diane, his children, Megan and Kate, and their respective husbands Matt and David; and his grandchildren. The profession of law is better for having Edward M. Ryder as a member.

To read his full obituary with services details, visit here.