Mark W. Ryan, Director of Litigation
Mark W. Ryan joined the Antitrust Division as Director of Litigation in January of 2012, and supervises the Division’s civil and criminal litigation efforts. His principal responsibility is ensuring that the Division effectively structures its litigation efforts by assembling the right team, building a strong case, and presenting evidence in the best light in court. He closely coordinates with the Directors of Civil and Criminal Enforcement as well as section chiefs in planning for, strategizing, and pursuing litigation.
Ryan hopes to maintain and enhance the Division’s decades-long track record of providing high-quality courtroom representation of the United States in antitrust cases. He is particularly interested in offering Division attorneys more training and professional development opportunities in order to further develop and hone their litigation skills. With the assistance of the Division’s experienced senior litigators, he looks forward to working with the trial attorneys throughout the Division and sharing his litigation know-how. “I think of myself as a resource for all of the litigators in the division,” says Ryan.
Ryan brings to the Division three decades of litigation and management experiences from the private sector. He joined Mayer Brown’s Washington, D.C., office in 1981, and held positions such as office practice leader for litigation, office managing partner, and one of the firm’s national litigation practice leaders, among others. As a litigator, Ryan focused on complex commercial litigation and administrative proceedings, and represented clients in class actions, securities fraud, accountants’ malpractice, and antitrust lawsuits in Federal and State courts. He also advised clients in many industries in connection with mergers and acquisitions.
“Even before going to law school, I knew that I wanted to be a litigator,” comments Ryan of his career choice. However, his first exposure to antitrust law did not come until he entered private practice and was assigned to an antitrust case and found the area to be interesting and intellectually stimulating. Ever since, Ryan has built up his expertise in antitrust law while continuing to pursue his passion for litigation.
During his free time, Ryan plays golf, goes fishing, and plays chess, and is involved with youth sports leagues.
Ryan received his J.D. from Duke University School of Law in 1981 and B.A. from Syracuse University in 1977.