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Ryan supports colleges, universities, and education technology companies in their educational mission.

Ryan traces his interest in education law and policy to his undergraduate days, when he was extensively involved in student government. Fascinated by the details of school operations, he was motivated to pursue a legal career where he could work hand in hand with college administrators. Ryan loves supporting mission-driven clients, with educational opportunities at the center of his practice.

Ryan advises colleges, universities, and others operating in the highly-regulated education sector. He routinely advises clients on issues relating to the administration of the U.S. Department of Education’s Title IV federal student aid programs, compliance with accreditation standards, and the impact of mergers and acquisitions on the approval status of participating institutions. Clients depend on Ryan to monitor legislation and agency rulemaking efforts and to predict their impact on the complex compliance landscape in the education sector. Ryan’s experience interfacing with policymakers and industry leaders serves as a valuable asset to clients. He has represented institutions’ interest before federal and state policymakers and drafted educational materials for various government committees and oversight commissions. While Ryan’s primary focus is compliance, he also has extensive experience representing institutions in False Claims Act cases and administrative litigation, and he has led schools through the internal investigation process.

Ryan also assists clients administering the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ education benefits programs, including the G.I. Bill and Yellow Ribbon Program. Clients often seek his advice navigating the complex guidance surrounding the 85/15 Rule and various State Approving Agencies’ requirements for maintaining institutional approval for VA programs.

Ryan understands the practicalities of college administration and the importance of thorough, well-researched legal analysis on behalf of clients. He provides legal advice that ensures clients can comply with regulations while still meeting their own organizational needs and goals. Very much an extrovert, he loves nothing more than collaborating with clients’ internal teams and working together to resolve institutional challenges.




  • J.D., George Washington University Law School
    • with honors
    • The George Washington International Law Review
    • Moot Court Board
  • B.A., College of Charleston, Honors College
    • cum laude
    • Political Science
    • President, Student Government Association


  • District of Columbia

Professional Memberships and Certifications

  • Bar Association of the District of Columbia
  • Association of Veterans Education Certifying Officials
  • Delaware-District of Columbia-Maryland Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators
  • Education Law Association
  • National Association of College and University Attorneys​


  • Spanish, conversational
  • Researched and prepared memoranda, briefs, and letters on legal issues arising from institutions' administration of federal student aid programs, institutional accreditation reviews, and veterans' education benefits programs.
  • Coordinated responses to agency subpoenas, record requests, and civil investigative demands in False Claims Act cases and administrative litigation.
  • Interfaced with executives, general counsels, and other employees in internal investigations and led compliance training sessions for executives and employees.
  • Drafted complaint policies and reviewed current policies and procedures for compliance with federal, state, and accreditor standards.
  • Performed due diligence and drafted schedules to purchase agreements for corporate mergers and acquisitions.
Outside the Office

Prior to attending law school, Ryan sang and danced professionally in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and continues to love the theatre. Now in the audience, Ryan and his wife, Nickole, are frequent visitors of the incredible performance venues in Washington, D.C.

Ryan also participates in triathlons and can often be found working on his swimming, biking, and running.

Community Leadership
  • United States Selective Service System, Local Board Member, 2022-present
  • Political Science Alumni Mentor Program, College of Charleston, 2019-present