Ryan Fairchild's diverse practice includes a particular interest in the esports industry. He represents players, content producers and stakeholders in a variety of contract and licensing issues. Ryan also represents domestic and international clients in state and federal litigation, including in complex business, intellectual property, and constitutional matters. In all matters, Ryan focuses on providing his clients with efficient results and excellent service.
Ryan represents esports players, content producers, and stakeholders in negotiating and drafting contracts, structuring endorsement deals, and addressing immigration issues. His passion for esports derives from being a lifelong gamer, having played most of the games currently at the forefront of esports (e.g. DotA 2, Counterstrike, Hearthstone, etc.). Ryan understands the various esports ecospheres, cultures and dynamics, and the legal problems that those in the industry face.
A former district court law clerk, Ryan knows the federal court system inside and out. He represents clients in a wide range of complex business, intellectual property, white-collar criminal, and constitutional matters.
Ryan represents both domestic and international companies on cross-border issues such as imports and exports, cargo claims, intellectual property matters, and cross-border transactions. He is an avid traveler and has a deep appreciation for international cultures and commerce.
Giving Away the Playbook: How North Carolina’s Public Records Law Can Be Used to Harass, Intimidate, and Spy, 91 N.C. L. Rev. 2117 (2013)
Co-author, Regarding Municipal, Quasi-Judicial Proceedings – Exhaustion of Administrative Remedies, and Applying Collateral Estoppel to Defeat Collateral Attacks (August 2013) (co-written with Keith Johnson of Poyner Spruill)
When Can a Hacker Start a War?, Pacific Standard Magazine, Feb. 26, 2015
Ryan’s varied interests in the law derive from his varied interests outside of it. A double major in Economics and Spanish Translation, Ryan has found that diverse inputs and an open mind lead to cross-discipline connections and creative solutions to complex problems.
Ryan and his wife, Angie, are experienced and seasoned travelers. They have lived on four continents, working in different industries on each one, and traveled a fifth. Their most recent trip, a tour of Mexico, Peru, and the Galapagos Islands, was a chance to get their sons, ages five and three, hooked on the travel bug.
When at home, Ryan can often be found spending time outside with his family, reading a book, watching or playing video games, or riding the waves.