Ryan Royce is an associate in Ropes & Gray’s Litigation and Enforcement practice group. Ryan focuses on complex commercial litigation, including securities class action defense, breach of contract, deal-related litigation, and corporate governance disputes. Ryan also has experience representing clients in government and regulatory enforcement matters, including internal investigations involving insider trading.
As part of the Partners in Prosecution program, Ryan served as an Assistant District Attorney in the Kings County District Attorney’s Office, where he co-chaired two felony jury trials.
Prior to joining Ropes & Gray, Ryan served as a law clerk to the Honorable Peter W. Hall of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and as an attorney-advisor in the U.S. Department of Justice Attorney General’s Honors Program.
- Represented founder and CEO of specialty lending business in arbitration involving contractual dispute over the sale of the company.
- Represented major pharmaceutical company in internal investigation of potential insider trading.
- Represented pharmaceutical company and its officers and directors in a putative class-action securities fraud litigation arising from the company’s alleged failure to disclose adverse events in a clinical drug trial that occurred just prior to a $50 million public offering of securities.
- Represented medical device company in arbitration involving contractual dispute with joint venture partner, which asserted $250 million in damages.
- Represented private equity firm in connection with its multibillion-dollar acquisition of an Asia-based business and accompanying dispute with the seller’s joint venture partner.
- Represented large supermarket chain in a fraud investigation by the New York Attorney General’s office.
- Represented committee of secured creditors of a large Asia-based semiconductor company in a dispute over an alleged violation of the intercreditor agreement.
- JD, magna cum laude, University of Maine School of Law, 2011; Note Editor, Maine Law Review
- BA (Political Science), University of Southern Maine, 2006
Admissions / Qualifications
- New York, 2012
- Massachusetts, 2011
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, 2018
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York, 2018
- U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, 2017
- The Best Lawyers in America – Ones to Watch (2021)