Ryan is a member of the firm’s Commercial Litigation practice group. He has represented major consumer products manufacturers, financial services companies and other corporate entities in contract, consumer protection, intellectual property and antitrust matters. He is also experienced in governmental litigation, commercial litigation, energy litigation and financial services litigation. Ryan is a registered lobbyist in the State of Mississippi, representing numerous technology and services companies. He also serves as Butler Snow’s Recruiting Partner.

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Ryan’s recent experience includes representing a major correctional technology vendor and obtaining a dismissal with prejudice on 12(b)(6) grounds in a consumer class action suit bringing civil RICO, fraud and consumer protection claims over rates, fees and commissions charged to inmates and inmate friends and family. The case was dismissed three times under the filed-rate doctrine by the District Court before being appealed to the Fifth Circuit, where the dismissal with prejudice was affirmed by a three-Judge panel per curiam. See Alexander et al. v. Global Tel*Link Corporation, 816 Fed.Appx.939 (2020).  He also successfully obtained dismissal on 12(b)(6) grounds for a major consumer products manufacturer in an antitrust and consumer protection action brought by the Mississippi Attorney General over alleged price-fixing of wire harness parts used in automotive production.  That dismissal was upheld by a unanimous Mississippi Supreme Court.  See Fitch v. Yazaki North America, Inc., et al., 294 So. 3d 1178 (2020).  Ryan has represented dozens of major companies in antitrust and consumer protection act cases brought by the Mississippi Attorney General over nearly two decades. He also serves a counsel for the Mississippi 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.

He is AV®-Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell® and has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America® in commercial litigation and antitrust law, Benchmark Litigation as a Local Litigation Star, Super Lawyers® Mid-South Super Lawyers and Mid-South Rising Stars. He was previously named in the Top 40 Under 40 by the Mississippi Business Journal and was awarded the Pro Bono Award in 2009 by the Mississippi Volunteer Lawyers Project.

Ryan is active in a number of professional and community organizations. He is the former president of the Mississippi Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, a member of the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel (FDCC) (Vice Chair of the Energy Committee and a member of the Admissions and Sites Committees), and the Defense Research Institute (DRI) (former Steering Committee of the Commercial Litigation Committee, Chair of the Anti-Trust Sub-Committee, and Young Lawyers Steering Committee). He serves as Vice Chair of the Foundation for Mississippi History, and he has served on the Foundation’s board of directors since 2018. He also serves on the board of trustees at Millsaps College and is a former Chairman of the Mississippi Tort Claims Board.

He obtained his J.D., magna cum laude, from the University of Mississippi and his B.S., summa cum laude, in Economics from Millsaps College.  He is admitted to practice in Mississippi and Tennessee.

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
      • Vice Chair of Board
    • Oversees the operations of the Two Museums: the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum and the Mississippi History Museum
  • 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, 2010-2021
  • The American Lawyer and Corporate Counsel
    • Top Rated Lawyer in Commercial Litigation, 2013
  • Best Lawyers in America®
    • Commercial Litigation, 2014-2022
    • Antitrust Law, 2021-2022
  • Super Lawyers®
    • Mid-South Super Lawyers, Business Litigation, 2013-2020
    • Mid-South Rising Stars, Business Litigation, 2008-2012
  • Benchmark Litigation
    • Local Litigation Star, 2021
  • 2013 PORTICO 10
  • Mississippi Business Journal
    • Top 40 Under 40
  • Pro Bono Award, Mississippi Volunteer Lawyers Project, 2009
  • Life Sciences Star, LMG Life Sciences

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

  • Successfully obtained dismissal with prejudice on 12(b)(6) grounds for major correctional technology vendor in consumer class action suit bringing civil RICO, fraud and consumer protection claims over rates, fees and commissions charged to inmates and inmate friends and family. Case was dismissed three times under the filed-rate doctrine by the District Court before being appealed to the Fifth Circuit, where the dismissal with prejudice was affirmed by a three-Judge panel per curiam. Alexander et al. v. Global Tel*Link Corporation, 816 Fed.Appx. 939, 2020 WL 3041323 (June 5, 2020).
  • Successfully obtained dismissal on 12(b)(6) grounds 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. On appeal, a unanimous Mississippi Supreme Court affirmed the dismissal. State ex rel. Fitch v. Yazaki North America, Inc., et al., 294 So. 3d 1178, 2020 WL 2079092 (April 30, 2020).
  • 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. 
  • 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 of the prescription drug "Plavix." 
  • ​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.
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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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