Ryan has 18 years of experience litigating complex legal issues at all levels and in a wide range of federal forums. In United States courts, he has litigated in many U.S District Courts, most of the Federal Circuit Courts of Appeal, and the U.S. Supreme Court. He has also litigated before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board and the U.S. International Trade Commission. The subject matter of his work is widely varied, including for example challenges to and defenses of federal agency action, qui tam actions, breach of contract and other commercial disputes, constitutional challenges, and with a special emphasis on intellectual property law.
Ryan has considerable expertise in handling appeals to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. He has been counsel in scores of cases in the Federal Circuit, covering a broad array of technical subject matters, including computer systems, computer displays, telecommunications, pharmaceuticals, and medical devices. And the appeals he has handled have arisen from U.S. District Courts, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, and the U.S. International Trade Commission.
Ryan has extensive experience petitioning for and opposing certiorari in the U.S. Supreme Court, and in handling Supreme Court cases on the merits. For instance, he successfully petitioned for a writ of certiorari and briefed HollyFrontier Cheyenne Refining, LLC v. Renewable Fuels Association, 141 S. Ct. 2172 (2021). He was counsel in Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc. v. Sandoz, Inc., 135 S. Ct. 831 (2015), addressing the standards for review of claim constructions, and Octane Fitness v. ICON Health & Fitness, 572 U.S. 545 (2014), addressing the “exceptional case” requirement for attorneys fees under 35 U.S.C. § 285. He has also filed numerous amicus briefs in cases before the Supreme Court.
Prior to joining Workman Nydegger, Ryan was a partner in the Supreme Court & Appellate practice of a large international law firm. Before that, he clerked for Judge A. Raymond Randolph on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. Ryan graduated from BYU Law School summa cum laude where he was the Editor-in-Chief of the BYU Law Review.