Ryan represents esports players, organizations, and stakeholders in negotiating and drafting contracts, structuring intellectual property deals, addressing corporate matters, and more. Ryan leads the industry in representing Dota 2 players while also representing top players in League of Legends, CS:GO, Call of Duty, the fighting game community, and others. His passion for esports derives from being a lifelong gamer who plays many of the games at the forefront of esports. Ryan understands the esports ecosphere and the various esports cultures and dynamics, and he leverages this understanding and his legal expertise to help his clients address any challenge they might face.

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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.

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Ryan represents businesses of all sizes in a wide range of corporate transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, financing transactions, and lending transactions. He drafts and negotiates relevant contracts and organizational documents. He also works with start-up companies on entity formation and venture capital financing.

Ryan also represents domestic and international companies on cross-border transactional issues, such as imports and exports, cargo claims, intellectual property matters, and tax liability. He is an avid traveler and has a deep appreciation for international cultures and commerce.

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Ryan counsels clients on a variety of intellectual property matters, including copyrights, trademarks, and trade secrets. He works with companies and individuals to properly identify and protect their intellectual property rights. Ryan also litigates intellectual property infringement and trade secrets misappropriation lawsuits in state and federal courts when necessary.

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Member, North Carolina Pro Bono Resource Center Advisory Board (2018-present)

Member, Board of Directors, Children's Museum of Wilmington (2017-present)

Member, WHQR Community Advisory Board (2017-present)

Member, Board of Directors, Young Professionals Committee, A Safe Place (2017-2018)

Presenter, Business North Carolina Cybersecurity Roundtable, Raleigh, NC, November 2018. 

Presenter, "A Wrench in the Gears: How to Prevent a Data Breach from Disrupting Your Operations & Customer Relationships," mfgCON 2018, Durham, NC, November 14, 2018. 

Presenter, "Data Breaches & Cybersecurity," 2018 CFO/CPA Risk Management Conference, Greensboro, NC, October 16, 2018

Presenter, "Data Privacy - A Legal Assessment," CFO Roundtable event, High Point, NC, August 16, 2018

Co-presenter, "You've Been Breached: What Next?," Business North Carolina CEO Summit, Pinehurst, NC, March 27, 2018

Panelist on cybersecurity concerns for entrepreneurs, Greater Women's Business Council's POP Too! Conference, Raleigh, NC, March 9, 2017

Co-presenter (with Thomas Varnum), "Digital Marketing Blues," Raleigh Social Media Marketing Meetup, Raleigh, NC, January 18, 2017

Co-presenter (with Thomas Varnum), "Digital Marketing Blues," Internet Summit, Raleigh, NC, November 16, 2016

Presenter, “Digital Media and Marketing,” UNC Festival of Legal Learning, February 14, 2015

Presenter, “Responding to a Data Breach,” Banking Security Summit, North Carolina Bankers Association, October 16, 2014

Presenter, Digital Legal & Compliance 101 Panel Discussion, North Carolina Association of Broadcasters, June 24, 2014

Presenter, “Tax Consequences of Lobbying and Political Advocacy,” North Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants, May 2014

Panelist, Representing Your Local Broadcaster, ABA Forum on Communications Law, April 2014

Co-author, “Commercial Free TV and Aereo:  What Lies Ahead for Content Owners in the Wake of the Ninth Circuit’s AutoHop Decision,” Communications Lawyer, November 2013

Co-author, “Prior Restraint 2.0: A Framework for Applying Section 230 to Online Journalism,” 1 Wake Forest J.L.& Pol'y 75, May 2011

Co-author, “Supreme Court Rocks Campaign Finance Boat,” Triad Business Journal, 2010

Moderator, “Recent Developments in Election Law,” North Carolina Professional Lobbyists Association, October 2013

Panelist, “Copyright and the Internet: Giving Broadcasters the Cold Shoulder?” American Bar Association, Representing Your Local Broadcaster, April 2013

Presenter, “Citizens United and Corporate Political Speech: New Opportunities and Obstacles,” North Carolina Professional Lobbyists Association, October 2010

Presenter, “Indemnification, Attorneys’ Fees and Arbitration Provisions in Contracts,” North Carolina Bar Association, Business Law Section Annual Meeting, February 2010

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 hooked on the travel bug.

The first item Ryan ever saved his allowance for was a Sega Genesis console system. His first job was at a mini-golf and arcade where he played fighting games against some of the top players in the world. He has built gaming PCs and continues to pursue his love of gaming as part of his practice of law.

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.


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August 24, 2018

Charles Marshall Speaks on Data Privacy At CFO Roundtable

Brooks Pierce partner Charles Marshall spoke at the quarterly CFO Roundtable sponsored by Parker & Lynch, DMJ Accounting and Scott Insurance in High Point on Aug. 16. In his presentation, entitled “Data Privacy—A Legal Assessment,” Marshall discussed the importance of collaboration between a...Read more

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