Ryan has represented major consumer products manufacturers, financial services companies and other corporate entities in contract, consumer protection and antitrust matters. He is also experienced in governmental litigation, energy litigation and financial services litigation.

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Associations

Bar Admissions

  • Mississippi, 1999
  • Tennessee, 1999
  • U.S. District Courts
    • Tennessee: Western
    • Mississippi: Northern, Southern
  • U.S. Court of Appeals
    • 5th Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Civic Involvement

  • Foundation for Mississippi History
    • Board Member, 2018-present
  • Mississippi Volunteer Lawyers Project
    • Homeless Legal Clinic
      • Legal Director, 2006-2012
  • Mississippi Tort Claims Board
    • Chairman, 2013-2016
  • Metropolitan Bank
    • Advisory Board
      • Chairman, 2014-2017
  • Millsaps College
    • Board of Trustees, 2016-present
  • Millsaps College Else School of Management
    • Advisory Board
  • Millsaps College Alumni Board
  • St. James Episcopal Church
    • Vestry Member
    • Verger
    • Sub-Deacon
    • Acolyte Master
  • Mississippi Symphony Orchestra
    • Encore! Board
      • Past Co-Chair
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Distinctions

  • Martindale-Hubbell®
    • AV®-Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated, 2010-2017
  • The American Lawyer and Corporate Counsel
    • Top Rated Lawyer in Commercial Litigation, 2013
  • Best Lawyers in America®
    • Commercial Litigation, 2014-2018
  • Super Lawyers®
    • Mid-South Super Lawyers, Business Litigation, 2013-2017
    • Mid-South Rising Stars, Business Litigation, 2008-2012
  • 2013 PORTICO 10
  • Mississippi Business Journal
    • Top 40 Under 40
  • Pro Bono Award, Mississippi Volunteer Lawyers Project, 2009

Education & Honors

  • University of Mississippi, J.D., magna cum laude, 1999
    • Associate Articles Editor, Mississippi Law Journal
    • Robert Khayat Award for Distinguished Service, Mississippi Law Journal
  • Millsaps College, B.S., Economics, summa cum laude, 1996

Experience

  • Counsel for the Mississippi Lieutenant Governor in Stallworth/JMAA et al. v. Bryant et al. in the Jackson Municipal Airport Authority’s effort to prevent transfer of control of the Jackson Medger Wiley-Evers International Airport to a new statutorily-created and regionally-controlled Jackson Metropolitan Area Airport Authority. Case is currently ongoing.
  • Counsel for major correctional technology vendor in civil RICO, fraud and consumer protection action brought by the Mississippi Attorney General following the resignation and federal incarceration of former Mississippi Corrections Commissioner Christopher Epps. Case is currently ongoing.
  • Counsel for the Standing Joint Legislative Committee on Reapportionment of the Mississippi Legislature (the "SJC") in NAACP et al. v. Bryant et al. in the NAACP’s effort to set aside the results of the 2011 Legislative Elections and to declare the 2012 reapportionment plans adopted by the Mississippi Legislature during the 2012 Legislative session. The decision of the 3-Judge District Court denying all requested relief (unreported) was affirmed on appeal by the United States Supreme Court, 133 S. Ct. 2389, 185 L. Ed. 2d 1101 (May 20, 2013). See also NAACP et al. v. Bryant et al., 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 52822 (May 16, 2011), affirmed by the United States Supreme Court, 132 S. Ct. 542, 181 L. Ed. 2d 353 (Oct. 31, 2011).
  • Counsel for major consumer products manufacturer in an antitrust and consumer protection action brought by the Mississippi Attorney General alleging an international price-fixing conspiracy in the manufacturing, production and distribution of liquid crystal display (LCD) panels. Case was appealed to the United States Supreme Court on Class Action Fairness Act removal jurisdiction issues resulting in landmark decision of Mississippi ex rel. Hood v. AU Optronics, 134 S. Ct. 736 (2014).
  • Counsel in Carder v. BASF Corp., 919 So. 2d 258 (Miss. 2005), Carder v. BASF Corp., 2003 WL 25267524 (Miss. Chancery Court Nov. 19, 2003), Hood v. BASF Corp., 2005 WL 4685054 (Miss. Chancery Court Feb. 17, 2005), and certain other actions, representing major vitamins manufacturer in antitrust and consumer protection actions brought by multiple plaintiffs, and eventually by the State of Mississippi, alleging price fixing in the marketing and sale of vitamins and vitamin-containing products.
  • Counsel for major pharmaceutical company in consumer protection action brought by the Mississippi Attorney General alleging that the company engaged in unfair, false and deceptive labeling and "off-label" marketing. Case is currently ongoing.
  • Counsel for major consumer products manufacturer in an antitrust and consumer protection action brought by the Mississippi Attorney General alleging an international price-fixing conspiracy in the manufacturing, production and distribution of wire harness parts used in automotive manufacturing. Case is currently ongoing. 
  • ​Counsel for major pharmaceutical manufacturers in "AWP" (average wholesale price) litigation brought by the State of Mississippi, through the Mississippi Attorney General’s office, on behalf of the State Division of Medicaid, alleging price fixing and other anticompetitive practices against most of the major players in the pharmaceutical industry related to their reimbursement practices for prescriptions dispensed to Medicaid recipients.
  • Counsel in Ameristar Casino Vicksburg, Inc. v. Duckworth, 990 So. 2d 758 (Miss. 2008) for several major casinos acting as Amicus Curiae seeking to have the Court's prior opinion withdrawn and replaced. The casinos objected to the Court's categorization of certain lawful promotional drawings as "raffles." On rehearing, the casinos successfully convinced the Court to remove the "raffle" language.
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Papers, Presentations, & Publications

  • Co-Author, Damages Chapter, Mississippi Encyclopedia of Law, 2016.
  • Co-Author, "Unfair and Deceptive Trade Practices Statutes and Damages: How to Prevent and Defend Disruptive Challenges to Your Client’s Business Practices," FDCC Insights, December 2015.
  • Co-Author, “Unfair and Deceptive Trade Practices and Consumer Protection: Targeted Practices and Kinds of Claims,” Unfair and Deceptive Trade Practices Statutes and Damages: How to Prevent and Defend Disruptive Challenges to Your Client’s Business Practices, August 2015.
  • Co-Author, “Recent Developments In Class Action Law: SCOTUS Tackles the ‘Mass Action’ Provision Under CAFA But Ducks Interpreting The ‘General Public’ Exception In Miss. Ex Rel. Hood V. Au Optronics Corp.,” Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel (FDCC) Meeting, Banff, Alberta, Canada, August 2015.
  • Presenter, “Recent Developments in Class Action Law: The Class Action ‘Lightning Round,’” Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel (FDCC) Meeting, Banff, Alberta, Canada, August 2015.
  • Presenter, “Unfair and Deceptive Trade Practice Statues and Damages,” Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel (FDCC) Meeting, Banff, Alberta, Canada, August 2015.
  • ​Author, “Mississippi” Section, Compendium on State and Federal Consumer Protection Statutes, Mississippi Section, Defense Research Institute, 2014.
  • Author​, The Collateral Source Rule: A Compendium of State Law, Mississippi Section, Defense Research Institute, 2012.
  • Author​, Trade Secrets and Non-Competes: A Compendium of State Law, Mississippi Section, Defense Research Institute, 2012.
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