Dave Ryan represents individuals and companies in complex civil disputes and government investigations spanning a broad range of substantive areas.  He has litigated matters before numerous federal and state courts and regularly plays a leading role on his clients’ litigation and investigative teams.  Dave joined the firm after serving as a law clerk to the Honorable Paul V. Niemeyer of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and graduating magna cum laude from Harvard Law School.  He previously served as an intelligence officer in the U.S. Marine Corps for six years, including a deployment to Afghanistan and an assignment with the intelligence technology systems branch of the Marine Corps’ defense acquisition and contracting organization.    
Though all cases vary and none is predictive, Dave’s experience includes:

  • Representation of individual fiduciaries for multinational technology company’s retirement plan in putative class actions alleging ERISA violations based on allocation of participant investments to alternative asset classes such as hedge funds and private equity.
  • Representation of multinational defense contractor in False Claims Act matters initiated by DOJ Civil Fraud Section and qui tam relator.
  • Representation of energy start-up venture in SEC Division of Enforcement investigation concerning alleged violations of private placement rules and securities fraud, and in related disputes with venture’s former chief executive and general counsel. 
  • Representation of multinational brand pharmaceutical manufacturer in multidistrict antitrust litigation based on allegedly anticompetitive “reverse payment” patent litigation settlements.
  • Representation of national building supply company in parallel state and federal litigations arising from breach of noncompete restrictions by former company president.  
  • Representation of national automotive battery supplier in breach-of-contract dispute against “Big Three” car manufacturer.
  • Pro bono representations of criminal defendant in appeal of convictions for drug trafficking; U.S. Army veteran in administrative challenge to other-than-honorable discharge; and indigent plaintiffs in civil litigation against former employer for defamation and tortious interference with receipt of unemployment insurance benefits.




Other Government Service

United States Marine Corps, Intelligence Officer, 2008-2014

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