Practice Areas

  • Asbestos Litigation
  • Personal Injury


  • Illinois

  • Missouri

  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado

  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri

Ryan Sweet, Partner

Attorney Ryan Sweet is an experienced and respected litigator who has dedicated his practice to helping others.

In his role at SWMW Law, Ryan uses his 11-plus years of experience to maximize recoveries for his clients who were injured through no fault of their own. He is driven by a desire to make the world a better place and give clients a no-nonsense advocate in the courtroom.

“I am a tireless advocate for all my clients,” Ryan said. “The most satisfying aspect of my job is the opportunity to help individuals who were injured through no fault of their own. There is no greater honor than to help people regain some stability in their lives.”

Ryan thrives in the fast-paced world of trial work and realizes the importance of tailoring his approach to a case based on each client’s unique situation.

“I’m critically minded, strategic and naturally drawn to this kind of work,” he said. “It makes me a great fit for this type of litigation.”

As an experienced trial attorney, Ryan has obtained multiple multimillion-dollar jury verdicts and settlements for his clients totaling over $40 million in compensation. As a partner of a national civil litigation firm, Ryan litigated cases throughout the country acting as counsel in wrongful death and personal injury actions in 11 different states.

As a prosecutor, Ryan has obtained jury verdicts in homicide cases as both first and second chair. He also served as the head of the State’s Attorney’s Office’s Juvenile Delinquency Division, Post- Conviction Docket, and Drug Interdiction Taskforce. Ryan has acted as lead attorney on thousands of criminal offenses, ranging from DUIs to first-degree murder.

Ryan began his legal career as a law clerk for the Honorable David A. Hylla, former Chief Judge of Madison County, and intern for the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Shortly thereafter, Ryan began working for a local worker’s compensation firm where he first discovered his passion for zealously advocating for his injured clients.

Not afraid of the courtroom, Ryan has extensive trial experience in both the civil and criminal context, having more than a dozen jury trials under his belt.


  • J.D., Saint Louis University School of Law, Dean’s Scholar
    Staff Member of the Public Law Review

  • B.A., Saint Louis University, Entrepreneurship


  • Top 40 Under 40, National Trial Lawyers, 2021-2022

  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers, National Trial Lawyers, 2021-2022

  • Top 20 Asbestos Exposure Verdicts in the United States, Top Verdict, 2019

  • Top 50 Wrongful Death Verdicts in the United States, Top Verdict, 2019

Associations and Memberships

  • American Association for Justice

    Madison County Bar Association

  • Illinois State Bar Association

  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association