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Ryan P. Farrell

Ryan P. Farrell

Zukowski, Rogers, Flood & McArdle
50 Virginia Street
Crystal Lake, Illinois 60014
[email protected]



  • Loyola University (J.D., 2005)
  • University of Illinois (B.S., Accountancy, 2000)


  • Illinois, 2005
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, 2006


Ryan P. Farrell, a certified public accountant and a resident of Crystal Lake for most of his life, knows the businesses and the people of McHenry County. Mr. Farrell’s work with banks, corporate clients, real estate developers, businesses, and individuals include such matters as:

  • Contract drafting and review
  • Deeds in lieu of foreclosure
  • Asset purchase agreements
  • Stock purchase agreements
  • Business incorporation and organization
  • Shareholder agreements
  • Tax planning for business transactions
  • Succession planning
  • Commercial real estate
  • Residential real estate
  • Drafting and reviewing loan documents
  • Deeds in lieu of foreclosure
  • Commercial loan workouts
  • Foreclosures, including consent foreclosures

His wide-ranging transactional experience encompasses banking, corporate business law, commercial and residential real estate, and estate planning.


Home State Bank, N.A. Board of Directors
McHenry County Bar Association



  • Mr. Farrell has conducted scores of seminars on estate planning topics for various groups, including the Centegra Health Systems, (now a part of Northwester Medicine) and Hearthstone Communities, as well as having delivered harassment training for multiple private companies. A select list includes:
  • Speaker, “I’m Working from Home Today,” CPE Club, June 26, 2019
  • Speaker, “The 4 D’s of Succession Planning,” Crystal Lake Chamber of Commerce, December 12, 2018
  • Speaker, “What Changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act Mean to You,” CPE Club, July 20, 2016
  • Presenter, “Redeveloping Distressed Properties: Clearing Out the Backlog in Order to Move Forward,” Illinois Municipal League 99th Annual Conference, Chicago, October 2012
  • Presenter, “Business Law for Women Business Owners,” Exemplar Financial Network, April 2011
  • Moderator, “Finance Forum,” Co-sponsors: McHenry County Economic Development Corporation (MCEDC) Business Growth & Development Committee & the Illinois Small Business Development Center, March 2011


Leading Lawyers
   Leading Lawyer, 2017-present
   Emerging Lawyer, 2015-2016
   Real Estate Law: Finance
   Real Estate Law: Residential
   Real Estate Law: Commercial
   Banking & Financial Institutions Law
   Creditor’s Rights/Commercial Collections Law
Carl E. Wehde Award
   Community Leader of the Year
Illinois State Board of Education
   Award of Excellence
Northwest Herald Business Journal
   10 Under 40 Award
Crystal Lake Chamber of Commerce
   Presidential Award of Excellence


Prior to joining Zukowski, Rogers, Flood & McArdle in 2006, Mr. Farrell was a senior employee benefits legal consultant at Ernst & Young, LLP in Chicago where he performed compliance and fiduciary reviews of qualified benefit plans. He also represented clients in their dealings with the Internal Revenue Service.

Earlier in his career, he worked with the same Big Four professional services firm as a senior auditor. In addition, Mr. Farrell spent a year as a legal intern with General Growth Properties, which was then a Chicago-based publicly traded real estate investment trust.


Mr. Farrell enthusiastically supports many community and business associations in Crystal Lake and McHenry County. He was elected in 2011 to the School District 47 Board of Education in Crystal Lake and is now serving his third term. He also recently joined the Board of Directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters of McHenry County.

Mr. Farrell served as Vice-Chair of the Board of Trustees and is a member of the 2010 class of Leadership Greater McHenry County, a group organized to foster and develop local community leaders. He is past Chair of the Crystal Lake Chamber of Commerce and past Chair of the Crystal Lake Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors. Mr. Farrell has coached several youth sports team through Crystal Lake Raiders Football, Crystal Lake Junior Tigers Basketball (for which he also served as Director and Treasurer), and Crystal Lake Baseball.


As the general corporate counsel of the Crystal Lake Food Pantry, Farrell helps the 501(c)(3) charitable organization offer temporary food assistance to qualified Crystal Lake residents. Volunteers from more than 20 local faith communities run the food pantry.