Ryan D. Ellard is an experienced attorney who guides clients through complex business decisions and all phases of commercial litigation. He litigates real estate matters, including commercial lease disputes, quiet title actions, and partition matters, and regularly represents property owners’ associations and management firms. He also handles breach of contract matters and a variety of other business disputes, intellectual property actions, and cybersecurity litigation. Ryan regularly appears and represents his client’s interests in South Carolina state and federal courts.
Ryan devotes significant time to local pro bono efforts in the Charleston community, regularly appearing as a volunteer attorney in Housing Court Sessions to represent low-income tenants facing eviction. He has tried and prevailed in several cases on the merits.
- Presenter, “Commercial Real Estate Disputes in South Carolina," Association of Corporate Counsel South Carolina Annual Meeting, September 2023
- “In a Case of First Impression, the Wyoming Supreme Court Holds that Life Estate Holders with Executive Rights May Execute Leases that Extend Beyond the Life Estate," May 2023
- “High Court Hears Oral Argument on Federal Quiet Title Act’s Statute of Limitations," February 2023
- “The South Carolina Supreme Court Resolves Extensive Real Property Disputes Between National and Local Episcopal Organizations,” January 2023
- “S.D.N.Y. Court Hands Down a Victory for Commercial Landlords Seeking COVID-19 Arrears,” December 2022
- "The Supreme Court of South Carolina Adopts the Post-Loss Exception," August 2022
- “Eight Things Your Social Media Influencer Agreement Should Accomplish,” November 2019
Honors & Awards
- Recognized in Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America (BL Rankings), Commercial Litigation (2021 - Present) and Litigation - Construction (2023)
- Recognized in Charleston Business Magazine's Legal Elite, Corporate Investigations, Insurance (2023)
Professional & Civic Activities
- Fellow, American Bar Association, Section of Real Property, Trusts & Estate, Real Property Division Litigation and Ethics Group (2022 - Present)