Ryan is a partner in Ropes & Gray’s litigation and enforcement practice group, co-chair of Ropes & Gray’s award-winning global anti-corruption and international risk practice, and a former U.S. federal prosecutor. He represents companies and individuals from around the world in civil and criminal government enforcement matters, internal investigations, and civil litigation. Most recently, he has been advising companies on strategies for preventing or addressing fraud and corruption arising from the economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Ryan has successfully litigated civil and criminal cases through trials and appeals, and conducted investigations on six continents. Ryan also counsels companies in developing world-class compliance programs in anti-corruption, export control and sanctions, international risk management, blockchain and cryptocurrency, and data privacy and cybersecurity. Quoting clients, one leading legal industry publication recently noted that Ryan is “very responsive, knowledgeable and energetic – a brilliant lawyer who understands deeply the issues that matter most.”
Prior to joining Ropes & Gray, Ryan was a Senior Trial Attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice’s Criminal Division – Fraud Section in Washington, D.C. and Chicago. At the DOJ, Ryan was part of a small group of federal prosecutors in the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) Enforcement Unit, the DOJ component exclusively responsible for global enforcement of the FCPA. He successfully led numerous investigations into alleged criminal violations of the FCPA by major corporations and individuals. He also prosecuted cases involving investment fraud, bank fraud, domestic bribery, and other complex white-collar crimes. Ryan worked extensively with foreign and domestic law enforcement – including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Internal Revenue Service’s Criminal Investigations Division, and various state attorneys general – as well as the State Department and other agencies. He also worked with civil regulators including the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, federal inspectors general, FINRA, and multilateral development banks such as the World Bank.
Before the DOJ, Ryan practiced with another global law firm in its U.S. and European offices. There, he represented companies and individuals in international white-collar matters and complex business and securities litigation.
Ryan regularly presents at major industry conferences, is quoted frequently in the press for expert commentary on white-collar issues, and has written a number of articles for well-known publications, including Law360, The Anti-Corruption Report, Corporate Counsel, and Harvard Law School Forum. Ryan was featured on the television show American Greed, in an episode about his prosecution (and successful conviction by jury) of a financial fraudster who turned violent.