Ryan focuses his practice primarily in the areas of complex commercial and civil litigation, and business litigation. His typical engagements arise in corporate disputes; shareholder, member and partnership disputes; employment disputes with an emphasis on non-compete, non-solicitation, and non-disclosure litigation; highly varied banking disputes; commercial landlord/tenant disputes; commercial foreclosures; and defamation. He also regularly counsels clients on the legal ramifications stemming from day-to-day business matters. Ryan is rated AV Preeminent® by Martindale-Hubbell, and was named a Rising Star by Super Lawyers Magazine, a distinction given to no more than 2.5% of attorneys.
Ryan has substantial courtroom experience, and is regularly engaged on an emergency basis to pursue or defend against requests for injunctive relief in both state and federal court. His recent work in this context includes the following:
Representation of international car auction company in the defense of a lawsuit brought by a prominent South Florida automobile dealership, where the automobile dealership had successfully obtained a default final judgment against Ryan’s client for approximately $171,447.25. Following an evidentiary hearing first-chaired by Ryan, the court granted his motion and vacated the judgment.
Representation of two Middle Eastern companies in the pursuit of various fraud and fiduciary duty claims against a local real estate developer over a failed hotel project on Ft. Lauderdale Beach. Ryan served as second chair trial counsel during a two and a half week long jury trial in federal court (Southern District of Florida), where he handled numerous witnesses and argued the majority of the legal and evidentiary issues that arose during the trial. A verdict was secured in favor of Ryan’s clients on numerous of the claims set forth in the complaint.
Representation of national eyeglass chain in the defense of a lawsuit brought by its landlord over the eyeglass chain’s construction of a façade on the exterior portion of the leased premises. Following two years of litigation, the lawsuit proceeded to a two day trial in Pensacola, Florida where Ryan obtained a verdict for the defense on all counts with an award of prevailing party attorney’s fees.
Representation of national broker dealer in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida in the pursuit of emergency injunctive relief against a former employee and business competitor for misappropriation of trade secrets and violations of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, 18 U.S.C. § 1030. An injunction was secured from the court within days of filing the complaint, and the lawsuit settled shortly thereafter on confidential terms.
Representation of a national healthcare company based out of South Florida in the pursuit of injunctive relief against a former employee for numerous breaches of a non-compete and non-solicitation agreement. A preliminary injunction was entered by the court in favor of Ryan’s client following an eight hour evidentiary hearing spanning three days, and the lawsuit settled shortly thereafter.
Representation of the former Chief Executive Officer (and major creditor) of a large South Florida restaurant chain after the CEO was wrongfully ousted from his position by the company. An order was entered within weeks of the lawsuit’s inception that restored the CEO to his position and corresponding powers.
Representation of local non-profit organization and its president in the pursuit of their claims for defamation against an individual who was rampantly posting false and disparaging remarks on the internet about the non-profit and its president. A judgment of liability was eventually entered against the defendant, and a permanent injunction was obtained mandating the removal of the defamatory statements and enjoining the individual from posting future statements in that context.
Ryan holds a law degree from Georgetown University Law Center, where he served as the Managing Editor of the American Criminal Law Review. While in law school, Ryan interned for the Honorable Donald M. Middlebrooks of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida. For his undergraduate studies, Ryan attended the University of Florida and received a degree in finance. He was designated a Warrington Finance Scholar. Immediately following law school, Ryan worked as an attorney for Homer Bonner Jacobs, PA in Miami before joining Tripp Scott.
Ryan presently serves on the Board of Trustees for the Ft. Lauderdale Historical Society. He also participates in the Georgetown Law Network, University of Florida, and St. Thomas Aquinas High School alumni associations. He is a native of Ft. Lauderdale.
Journal: American Criminal Law Review, Managing Editor
B.S.B.A. in Finance
Honors: Cum Laude
Honors: Warrington Finance Scholar