As an experienced litigator representing international and domestic clients alike, Ryan solves problems with creativity, responsiveness and diligence. With a robust maritime practice defending ship owners and charterers, Ryan also drafts and negotiates transportation agreements, charter parties, and vessel financing transactions. In other aspects of his law practice, Ryan defends contractors in construction defect cases, litigates contract disputes, and handles product liability and premises liability cases.

As a former seagoing engineer in the United States Merchant Marine, Ryan has firsthand experience in the technical design, operation, maintenance and repair of general cargo ships, product tankers, container ships, bulk carriers, and pure car/truck carriers. Ryan is on-call 24/7 to investigate and protect vessel interests in connection with machinery failure, groundings, collisions, wet and dry cargo claims, pollution incidents, dock damage, personal injuries to longshoremen and crew, as well as to provide immediate response in MARPOL criminal defense matters, and to handle vessel arrest actions. In this regard, Ryan has capably represented the vessel owners and charterers alike hailing from Bermuda and the Caribbean, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, New York, Russia, Scandinavia, Singapore and the United Kingdom.


  • Cargo Claims in Multi-Model Shipping, Presented to the Maritime Law Association of the United States, November 2009
  • Survey of Maritime Law Developments in the First, Second, Third, Fourth & D.C. Circuits and the U.S. Supreme Court, Presented to the Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute, June 2008
  • Use of Voyage Data Recorders in Casualty Investigations, Presented to the Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute, June 2007
  • Numerous front-page and business section clips from the Mobile Press Register, both as an intern reporter, and from the sale and publication of master's thesis on the turnover of the Panama Canal

Professional Activities

Member, Maritime Association of South Carolina


Any result the lawyer or law firm may have achieved on behalf of clients in other matters does not necessarily indicate similar results can be obtained for other clients.

  • Secured summary judgment for vessel owner where a longshoreman fell in the cargo hold during cargo operations aboard a vessel in the Port of Savannah, Georgia, affirmed on appeal to the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals. Miller v. Navalmar (UK) Ltd., 685 F. App’x 751 (11th Cir. 2017).
  • In a case of wrongful arrest of client’s bulk carrier vessel in Morocco, seized assets located in Georgia of the arresting party, an entity based in Dubai, and worked with co-counsel in Louisiana to seize additional assets located in New Orleans, to compel arresting party to arbitrate client’s wrongful arrest claim in London. Diligence Maritime Ltd. v. Agribusiness United, et al., 4:15-cv-00225-LGW-GRS (S.D. Ga. 2015).
  • Secured summary judgment for a Michigan-based engineered truss manufacturer in a large, multifamily housing project located in Berkeley County, SC. Persimmon Hill Homeowners Association, Inc. v. Portrait Homes, et al., 2012-CP-08-3065 (S.C. Court of Common Pleas, April 25, 2016).

Bar admissions

2006, South Carolina

Admitted to practice before the State and Federal courts of South Carolina


  • J.D., 2006, University of South Carolina Law
    • Member, South Eastern Environmental Law Journal
    • CALI award for excellence in Products Liability
    • First Place, J. Woodrow Lewis Moot Court Competition
  • M.A., 2000, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    • Journalism and Mass Communication
  • B.S., 1997, United States Merchant Marine Academy
    • Marine Engineering Systems