Ryan is a Stanford Law School Center for Internet and Society fellow. He has over 12 years of experience representing foreign and domestic technology, media, and design clients. His intellectual property, litigation, and transactional expertise has helped clients create, protect, and market their creations, solve complex litigation issues, and negotiate tighter agreements. Prior to starting this practice in 2006, he was an antitrust litigator with Milberg LLP in New York City, among others.
In addition, author of seven satirical crime thrillers, the first of which was a top 3 new hot comedy release. The books feature humorous anti-heroes, akin to Han Solo from Star Wars, to thrill and amuse readers. When he isn’t writing, he teaches business law at schools like Brooklyn College, hikes, bikes, does yoga, and swims in the ocean.
Representative clients include: Chinese hardware manufacturer LegendSky Tech Company LTD; New York based Gelo Factory, L.L.C., a web development agency whose clients include Nike and New York Magazine; InstaBrand Labs, digital marketing agency; actor, writer, producer Mr. Edward Burns, who starred in Saving Private Ryan; Northern Lights Post, a New York baed post-production company who produced of the award-winning film, Hello Lonesome; Mr. Ramble Jon Krohn (“RJD2“), composer of the theme music to AMC’s Mad Men; Ms. Chrisette Michele Payne (p/k/a “Chrisette Michele“), a Grammy award winning Def Jam recording artist; Mr. Richard Chai, a Council of Fashion Designers of America® (“CFDA”) member who won the 2005 Ecco Domani award; and Apiece Apart, a newly minted women’s wear company.
Tulane University School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 2000
- Articles Editor-Tulane Journal of Technology and Intellectual Property
- Recipient of three American Jurisprudence awards for the highest grades in international intellectual property, advanced constitutional law, and business enterprises II.
University of Chicago, B.A, philosophy, with general and departmental honors, 1997
- Areas of study: philosophy and economics
- Dean’s list: 1994 – 1996
- Philosophy honors thesis: The Practicality of Aristotle’s Nichomachean Ethics.
- Member, Chicago Debate Team
- Drafted and negotiated operating and other corporate related agreements for Apiece Apart, woman’s wear company who has been written up in Vogue, among others.
- Counseled Los Angeles based start-up Instabrand Labs, L.L.C., which promotes fashion brands like American Apparel on Instagram via promoters, on its market penetration strategy, corporate structure, and client/promoter agreements.
- Advised the Lamonica-Baas Group, which is comprised of former Michael Kors executives, on an equity investment into a London based fashion brand that will be co-headed by a former Ralph Lauren head designer.
- Negotiated a favorable five year commercial lease on behalf of a Mr. Richard Chai, a CFDA member who was the 2005 winner of the Ecco Domani® Fashion Foundation award.
- Counsel to a franchisee of Elevation Burger®, on the equity structure of their limited liability company, including the drafting and negotiation of the franchisee’s operating agreement, assignments of interest, and their first round of capital financing.
- Advised Beauty Stat, L.L.C., an online beauty community, on the issuance of company interests to various employees and contractors, in addition to the draft and negotiation of its operating and assignment agreements.
- Advised Industrias Integratas, a Colombian based apparel manufacturer, concerning its rights and remedies under lucrative brokerage agreements with various American companies.
- Counseled IronClad 360, L.L.C., a New York based web and software design outfit, on the use of open software under GPL, LGPL, MIT, BSD, and Apache licenses, in addition to the draft/negotiation of software license and client agreements.
- Drafted and negotiated sync license agreements on behalf of producer Mr. Adam Reid and New York based Bodega Studios in connection with his award-winning film, Hello Lonesome.
- Negotiated a favorable co-existence agreement on behalf of a junior federal trademark registrant with a common law senior user whose mark was prominently featured in a Bravo reality series , in addition to resolving potential contributory infringement claims against NBC.
- Successfully prosecuted a trademark application for Umami Burger, L.L.C., a Los Angeles based hamburger chain that won GQ Magazine’s best hamburger of the year in 2010.
- Registered several trademarks for Donald Deal, Inc., a 20-year old CFDA fashion house whose clients include Lisa Kurdow, Barbara Walters, and Claudia Schiffer.
- Successfully prosecuted several trademarks for The New Cruelty, L.L.C., a creative production concern whose clients include Austin Martin, Elvis Costello, and Citi.
- Negotiated and drafted an option agreement on behalf of investors who sought to option the rights to Jackie Cochran: Pilot in the Fast Lane.
- Defending several Tumblr, Inc. users as third parties against pre-compliant unmasking in connection with alleged negligent infliction of emotional distress claims in an action titled Jane Doe v. Tumblr, Inc., which is currently pending in the Supreme Court of New York, County of New York.
- Successfully settled a contentious Digital Millenium Copyright Act lawsuit brought by an Intel related company against client LegendSky after filing counterclaims alleging Sherman Act violations, among others, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. Digital Content Protection LLC et. al. v. LegendSky Tech Company, LTD., 1:15-CV-10169.
- Obtained a favorable confidential settlement on behalf of Mr. Ramble Jon Krohn (p/k/a “RJD2”), composer of the theme music to AMC’s Mad Men, after filing summary judgment in lieu of complaint in the Supreme Court of New York, County of New York against his former label. Ramble Jon Krohn v. Definitive Jux, Inc., et. al., Index No. 653430/12.
- Successfully settled construction negligence claims totaling $1.2 million in the Supreme Court of New York, County of Westchester, on behalf of a technology executive against his neighbor and the neighbor’s construction company. Harvey Brill v. MJM Associates Construction LLC, et. al., Index No. 53707/11.
- Defeated a motion to vacate a six figure default judgment that was obtained by filing summary judgment in lieu of complaint in the Supreme Court of New York, County of Suffolk, on behalf of a Santa Monica investment company against various borrowers.135 Main Street LLC v. Wagner et. al., Index No. 10319/11.
- Represented Ms. Chrisette Michele Payne, a Grammy® award winning Island Def Jam recording artist, in a precedent setting appeal concerning publishing and recording contract interpretation in the Supreme Court, Appellate Division, First Department. Chrisette Michele Payne v. Douglas Ellison, et. al., 914 N.Y.S.2d 123 (1st Dep’t 2010).
- Obtained the dismissal of a breach of contract complaint for Victory Audio Video Services, Inc. (d/b/a “Victory Multimedia”), a Los Angeles audio-visual distribution company, in the Supreme Court of the State of New York, County of New York. Drummond Smith v. Victory Multimedia, Index No. 08-602664.
- Represented foreign art purchasers in antitrust litigation in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, and in a precedent setting appeal to the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, which resulted in a settlement of $20 million. Kruman v. Christie’s Intern., PLC , 284 F.3d 384 (2d Cir. 2002).
Bar Memberships, Academic, & Pro Bono Experience
- Admitted to practice in the states of New York, California, New Jersey, and Louisiana, in addition to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and the U.S. District Court for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.
- Member, The Association of the Bar of the City of New York.
- Electronic Frontier Foundation — Cooperating Attorney — 2015 – Present.
- Stanford Law School Center for Internet and Society, Non-Resident Fellow – 2014- present.
- Adjunct Professor of Business Law, Hunter College, City University of New York – Fall 2012
- Adjunct Professor of Business Law, Brooklyn College, City University of New York – 2007 – 2010
- Legal Consultant, The American Enterprise Institute, Washington, D.C. – 2002 – 2003
- Adjunct Professor of Business Law — Delgado Community College, New Orleans, LA – 2002 – 2003
- Artificial Intelligence Art – Who Owns The Copyright? STANFORD LAW SCHOOL CENTER FOR INTERNET AND SOCIETY, 5/9/19, http://cyberlaw.stanford.edu/blog/2018/05/artificial-intelligence-art-who-owns-copyright-0
- Block chain – panacea or bubble? STANFORD LAW SCHOOL CENTER FOR INTERNET AND SOCIETY, 3/11/18, http://cyberlaw.stanford.edu/blog/2018/03/blockchain-panacea-or-bubble
- Popularity Doesn’t Equal Truth, STANFORD LAW SCHOOL CENTER FOR INTERNET AND SOCIETY, 1/25/18, http://cyberlaw.stanford.edu/blog/2018/01/popularity-doesnt-equal-truth
- Net Neutrality – Privacy Silver Bullet or Can of Worms? STANFORD LAW SCHOOL CENTER FOR INTERNET AND SOCIETY, 12/5/17, http://cyberlaw.stanford.edu/blog/2017/12/net-neutrality-privacy-silver-bullet-or-can-worms
- Fair Use In The Digital House of Mirrors, STANFORD LAW SCHOOL CENTER FOR INTERNET AND SOCIETY, 8/25/ 17, http://cyberlaw.stanford.edu/blog/2017/08/fair-use-digital-house-mirrors
- Leaks, Geeks, and Reporters, STANFORD LAW SCHOOL CENTER FOR INTERNET AND SOCIETY, 3/27/17, http://cyberlaw.stanford.edu/blog/2017/03/leaks-geeks-reporters
Proficient in spoken French, familiarity with Spanish and Italian.
- Billing, et. al., v. Credit Suisse First Boston Ltd., et. al.
Litigation: Billing, et. al., v. Credit Suisse First Boston Ltd., et. al., 426 F.3d 130 (2d Cir. 2005) (Plaintiff’s opposition)
- Chrisette Michele Payne v. Douglas Ellison, et. al.
Litigation: Chrisette Michele Payne v. Douglas Ellison, et. al., 2010 WL 5157309 (1st Dep’t 2010) (Appellant’s brief and First Department decision)
- Drummond Smith v. Victory MultimediaLitigation: Drummond Smith v. Victory Multimedia, Index No. 08-602664 (Victory’s memorandum in support of dismissal and Supreme Court decision)
- Kruman v. Christie’s Intern., PLC
Litigation: Kruman v. Christie’s Intern., PLC, 284 F.3d 384 (2d Cir. 2002) (Kruman decision).
- Legendsky Amended Answer & Counterclaims against Warner Brothers et. al.
Litigation: Legendsky Amended Answer & Counterclaims against Warner Brothers et. al.
- Big Foot, Big Mouth
Publication: Big Foot, Big Mouth – Nike’s free speech claim is just an argument for false advertising. LEGAL TIMES, June 23, 2003.
- Just a Look
Publication: Just a Look – Courts should let antitrust plaintiffs explore possible conspiracies. LEGAL TIMES, January 8, 2007.