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Ryan Hartman represents clients in civil litigation, criminal investigations, and regulatory enforcement actions, and advises companies on strategic transactions, risk management, and compliance. He has represented companies and executives in more than 100 lawsuits, arbitrations, government and internal investigations, regulatory proceedings, and disputes, defeating tens of billions of dollars in potential liability. His experience includes litigating cases before federal, state, territorial, bankruptcy, and appellate courts, defending companies facing investigation by enforcement agencies around the world, and working in 40+ countries with clients in energy, technology, financial services, healthcare, telecommunications, and numerous other industries. He has also represented clients in a range of significant global transactions.

With extensive experience in private practice and as a lawyer and executive at one of the world's largest energy companies, Mr. Hartman combines robust advocacy for clients with a pragmatic approach to managing risk, satisfying regulatory expectations, enabling transactions, and protecting individuals.

White collar investigations and defense: Mr. Hartman has represented companies and executives, and advised boards and audit committees, in government, regulatory, and internal investigations into areas such as the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and UK Bribery Act, trade sanctions and export controls, data privacy and breaches, antitrust and competition law, money laundering, whistleblower claims, fraud and accounting irregularities, financial disclosures, securities regulations, insider trading, commodities trading, environmental laws, foreign investment, and campaign finance. These investigations have spanned dozens of countries and involved the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Federal Trade Commission (FTC), Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Department of the Interior (DOI), Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), and Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), UK Serious Fraud Office (SFO), UK Office of Financial Sanctions Implementation (OFSI), and other regulatory and enforcement agencies around the world.

Civil litigation: Mr. Hartman has defended companies, officers, and directors in complex civil litigation, including securities, shareholder, and M&A litigation, class actions, and cases alleging tortious interference, antitrust violations, misappropriation of trade secrets, non-compete and employment issues, breach of contract and fiduciary duty, and RICO violations. He has obtained injunctive relief and financial recoveries on behalf of corporate plaintiffs, and has represented creditors in bankruptcy cases and adversary proceedings regarding fraudulent transfers, asset sales, and other contested matters.

Governance, compliance, risk management, and transactions: Informed by his extensive experience defending clients and first-hand knowledge of the risks and realities faced by companies, in-house counsel, compliance officers, and business leaders, Mr. Hartman has helped clients design and execute strategic transactions, advised clients on governance, compliance, and risk management, created and led pragmatic corporate compliance programs, and managed a U.S. monitorship.

Experience

  • Obtained summary judgment for a leading international shipbuilder dismissing civil RICO and fraud litigation brought by a state-owned multinational energy company that claimed over $2 billion in damages. 
  • Obtained dismissal for a major lending institution of a federal lawsuit challenging sales of its securities and the U.S. government’s guaranty of those securities.
  • Obtained rescission of an agreement and dismissal of all counterclaims on behalf of investors.
  • Represented a major lending institution as trial counsel in obtaining bankruptcy court approval of its $400 million purchase of a telecommunications enterprise in a 363 sale and litigating related claims.
  • Represented a large healthcare system in a commercial dispute that was favorably resolved after the court granted partial summary judgment and awarded litigation costs for the client.
  • Represented a private equity-backed company as trial counsel in obtaining injunctive relief against a competitor and enforcing noncompete agreements in an arbitration against former executives.
  • Represented a high net worth individual and his companies in challenging defamatory allegations by two media companies. The companies retracted the allegations.
  • Represented a professional services firm in obtaining dismissal of a civil RICO lawsuit.
  • Represented a global technology services firm in obtaining injunctive relief against a competitor and former employees.
  • Represented a large healthcare provider as trial counsel in suing a competitor and former employees for misappropriating trade secrets, and defending against antitrust claims the suit resulted in temporary and permanent injunctions, a financial settlement for the client, and dismissal of all counterclaims.
  • Represented a Fortune 500 company and its officers and directors defending against direct and derivative shareholder suits and a suit by an unsuccessful bidder in connection with a $1 billion merger; after two courts denied the plaintiffs' requested injunctions, the merger was consummated.
  • Represented major lending institutions and their officers in lawsuits to collect several hundred million dollars and defend against counterclaims; the suits resulted in judgments for the client and dismissal with prejudice of all counterclaims.
  • Represented a leading investment management firm in defeating class certification in an Investment Advisers Act lawsuit that sought more than $1 billion in damages.
  • Represented one of the world's largest energy services companies in a suit against a competitor and former employees for misappropriating trade secrets; the suit resulted in a significant financial recovery and an award of temporary and permanent injunctive relief for the client.

Perspectives

Measuring Success: How to Determine Compliance Program Effectiveness
Speaker, American Conference Institute's 17th Forum on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, Houston, TX
Deskbook on Internal Investigations, Corporate Compliance, and White Collar Issues (2nd ed.)
Practising Law Institute
Environmental, Social, Governance: The Professional's Guide to the Law and Practice of ESG
Environmental, Social, Governance: The Professional's Guide to the Law and Practice of ESG
Supreme Court Deals Another Blow to SEC by Allowing Collateral Attacks on Administrative Proceedings to Proceed in Federal Court
Advisory
CERAWeek 2023: U.S. Energy Secretary on Energy Transition Investments, Oil and Gas Production, and Energy Security
Environmental Edge: Climate Change & Regulatory Insights
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Recognition

The Legal 500 US
International Litigation (2022)
Corporate Investigations and White-Collar Criminal Defense (2022)

Credentials

Education

  • J.D., University of Virginia School of Law, 2005
  • B.A., Virginia Tech, 2002

Admissions

  • Texas
  • District of Columbia
  • Various U.S. District Courts
  • Various U.S. Courts of Appeals
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