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Ryan is a managing associate in the Business Combinations and Capital Transactions Practice Group in the Louisville office of Frost Brown Todd. He serves on the Franchise & Distribution team, which is a collaborative, cross-disciplinary group that provides legal services and counsel through a deep understanding of the business challenges and opportunities unique to the franchise industry.

Ryan has experience in the representation of purchasing cooperatives, franchisors, and franchisees for national restaurant chains and other franchised concepts. Additionally, Ryan works with franchisors in the development and registration of franchise documents and the navigation of state franchise relationship laws.

In addition to providing regulatory and transactional guidance to franchise industry participants, Ryan has negotiated a range of sophisticated domestic and international commercial transactions for restaurant chains, purchasing co-ops, group purchasing organizations, retailers, brand owners, beverage companies, and co-manufacturers. These transactions include agreements for the supply of goods and services, distribution and wholesale agreements, logistics and warehousing, and co-manufacturing and co-packing arrangements. His background also includes representation of clients in finance, real estate, land use, and corporate governance deals, as well as regulatory compliance and commercial transactions for alcohol brands.

A Kentucky native, Ryan joined the firm in 2019 after working as a summer associate in 2018.  He graduated cum laude from William & Mary Law School.  While in law school, he served as a member of the William & Mary Law Review, worked as a Student Admissions Ambassador, and participated in William & Mary’s Business Law Society.

Other Info About Ryan


Law School

William & Mary Law School, J.D., 2019, cum laude

Undergraduate School

University of Louisville, B.A., English; Humanities, 2016, cum laude, Honors Scholar

Bar Memberships

Ryan is licensed to practice in the following state(s):

Kentucky, 2019

Major Publications