Biography

Christopher Ryan is a managing director in K2 Integrity’s Investigations and Risk Advisory practice. He conducts comprehensive internal investigations and provides crisis management services, integrity and regulatory compliance monitoring, and risk mitigation strategies and solutions to private and public sector clients facing physical, financial, reputational, business, and cybersecurity threats. Chris leads internal corporate investigations into civil and criminal wrongdoing, harnessing the experience gained conducting and supervising hundreds of complex investigations during his 20-year tenure as a criminal prosecutor in Manhattan.

As an ASIS-certified Physical Security Professional, Chris conducts residential and commercial physical security assessments around the country, evaluates existing investigative and security training programs and protocols, and designs custom-tailored security solutions for C-suite executives, high-net-worth individuals, family offices, major nonprofits, and religious, cultural, and educational institutions.

Chris also has extensive experience working with public-sector entities to design and implement internal systems, policies, and controls to prevent and combat corruption, fraud, corruption, waste, abuse, and mismanagement. As special counsel to the New York State Attorney General, Chris conducted a comprehensive five-month audit of OAG’s police-involved fatalities bureau, making specific structural and policy recommendations to the Attorney General regarding organization and leadership, management and management structure, and investigative best practices. Chris also served as a special advisor to the Cooke County State Attorney and was embedded with state prosecutors and the Chicago Police Department to develop and implement enforcement strategies to combat the sharp rise in firearms-related homicides and nonfatal shootings.

Prior to K2 Integrity, Chris served as an assistant district attorney at the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, rising to chief of the Violent Criminal Enterprises Unit. Chris led an elite unit responsible for the dismantling of sophisticated criminal enterprises, including money launderers, interstate gun traffickers, major narcotics organizations, and criminal street gangs, and managed all proactive investigative work across the office’s Trial Division. Chris developed and implemented the methodology, later adopted by the NYPD and the City’s five District Attorney’s Offices, of using multidefendant prosecutions under New York State’s conspiracy statutes against violent neighborhood-based street gangs, by incorporating gang-related homicides and nonfatal shootings, with evidence derived from social media mining.

Chris received his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law. He attended the University of California, San Diego, and Union College, where he received his B.A. in political science.

 

Education and Certifications

  • University of Virginia School of Law, J.D.
  • Union College, B.A.