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Frank Ryan

Frank W. Ryan

Americas Chair
Global Co-Chair
Global Co-CEO
Frank is a go-to strategist and litigator.
About

Frank Ryan is DLA Piper's Global Co-Chair, Global Co-CEO, and Americas Chair.

In his practice, Frank has handled numerous cases, arbitrations and trials in a variety of areas, including media and sports, commercial, medical device, and sovereign disputes. He is known as a go-to strategist and litigator with particular experience in patent, trademark, trade secret, false advertising, business and sovereign-related litigation.

A graduate of Syracuse University College of Law, Frank now serves on the school's Board of Advisors. He is a member of the Legal Service Corporation's Leaders Council, helping advise the country's largest funder of civil legal aid programs for low-income people. He is also a member of the Wall Street Journal CEO Council and Thomson Reuters' Global Strategy Board.

Bar admissionsNew York

EXPERIENCE

The long list of high-profile clients Frank has counseled includes Disney, ABC, TomTom, Pac-12, Nike, ESPN, beIN Media Group, Al Jazeera, Medtronic and ConMed. He is currently advising on significant matters related to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

Education
  • J.D., Syracuse University College of Law
    Order of the Coif
    magna cum laude
  • B.S., Syracuse University
    Four Year Varsity Letter Winner
Recommended for his work within the sports sector.
— The Legal 500 United States

Awards

The Legal 500 United States

  • 2021 - Recommended, Trademarks: Litigation
  • The Legal 500 comments, "Other key figures include New York-based global co-chair Frank Ryan, an expert in high-stakes litigation..."
  • 2021 - Recommended, Trademarks: Non-Contentious (including Prosecution, Portfolio Management and Licensing)
  • The Legal 500 comments, "...Frank Ryan in New York co-chairs the IP and tech practice and focuses on litigation, and other IP matters in the sports, media and entertainment sectors."
  • 2019-2020 - Recommended, Trademarks: Non-Contentious (including Prosecution, Portfolio Management and Licensing)
  • 2018-2020 - Recommended, Trademarks: Litigation
  • 2017-18 - Recommended, Technology: Transactions
  • 2017 - Recommended, Telecoms & Broadcast: Transactional
  • 2014-16 - Recommended, Sport

Seminars

  • Panelist, "The State of the Global Legal Industry," Thomson Reuters 17th Annual Legal Executive Briefing, May 11, 2022
  • Speaker, "Reinventing Business and Talent Models," Thomson Reuters Strategy Board Meeting, May 4, 2022
  • Panelist, "What’s Next: Law firm leaders and industry experts discuss law firm office trends in the wake of the pandemic," Savills Legal Tenant, February 24, 2021
  • Panelist, "The 2020 Legal Executive Briefing Webinar Series: The State of the Global Legal Industry," Thomson Reuters, December 10, 2020

Memberships And Affiliations

  • Board of advisors for Syracuse University College of Law
  • Member of the Legal Services Corporation's Leaders Council
  • Member of the Wall Street Journal CEO Council
  • Member of the Thomson Reuters' Global Strategy Board

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