Ryan provides strategic advice to leading technology companies and merchants on legal, policy and business issues relating to financial technology, and frequently counsels participants from both the public and private sectors regarding innovations in consumer finance. He has significant experience representing FinTech clients on a broad spectrum of regulatory strategy and compliance matters, and has long-standing relationships with state and federal financial regulators. With a legal background in both technology and financial services, Ryan assists clients with payment and lending matters, including electronic payments, mobile payments, prepaid cards, virtual and digital currencies, consumer lending, and federal and state licensing. He also counsels banks on operational compliance issues, new product development and regulatory matters.
Ryan is a frequent speaker on a wide range of consumer finance topics, including issues relating to new product development, operational compliance, bitcoin and blockchain. He has also been interviewed by, and written for, many national publications, including Forbes, Time, American Banker, The Hill and more.
In addition to his law practice, Ryan is an adjunct professor at Seattle University School of Law. He co-developed the digital commerce and financial technology curriculum for Seattle University’s LL.M. in innovation and technology law.
Prior to rejoining Fenwick, Ryan served as president of P19 Labs, an organization dedicated to building, designing, supporting and investing in companies, projects and applications for a sustainable information economy.
Education & Admissions
J.D., magna cum laude
Lewis & Clark Law School
B.A., Business Administration and Information Systems
University of Washington
Admitted to practice in Washington