C Ryan Reetz is a board-certified specialist in international litigation and arbitration. His practice as counsel ranges from investment disputes and sovereign immunity challenges to securities class actions, insurance regulation, corporate governance contests, and commercial disputes. He has also served as an arbitrator in ad hoc and ICC arbitration proceedings.
Ryan teaches international commercial arbitration as an adjunct professor at Emory University School of Law, and previously taught transnational civil litigation and arbitration at the University of Miami School of Law from 2003-2010. In addition, he serves as a visiting professor at the University of Navarra School of Law in Pamplona, Spain, and was a scholar-in-residence at NYU School of Law in 2015. He has also taught trial skills through the National Institute for Trial Advocacy and arbitration skills at the Swiss Arbitration Academy.
He lectures and publishes on a range of international dispute resolution topics, and is the co-author, together with Pedro J. Martinez-Fraga, of Public Purpose in International Law: Rethinking Regulatory Sovereignty in the Global Era (Cambridge University Press 2015). He also serves with numerous professional organisations, including the Florida Bar's inaugural board certification committee for international litigation and arbitration, which he currently chairs; the Miami International Arbitration Society, which he chaired in 2017; the Florida Bar International Law Section, which he chaired from 2013 to 2014; and the American Law Institute.
Some of Ryan's significant arbitral representations include representing U.S. citizens against the Colombian government in ICSID and UNCITRAL arbitration proceedings involving the banking sector; a Barbados investor against the Venezuelan government in an ICSID arbitration involving the hospitality industry; Salvadoran government entities in an ICC arbitration against a leading Italian energy company; a Peruvian hotel developer against a multinational project consulting and engineering firm in an ICC proceeding in Lima, Peru; a Korean electronics manufacturer's US sales company in an ICC dispute brought by its Ecuadorian distributor; Argentine and Bahamian joint venturers in an ICDR-administered arbitration concerning greenfield manufacturing plants in Argentina and Colombia and associated South American distribution rights; a Swiss cruise line in an ICDR dispute involving a Dominican Republic port of call; a US-based equipment distributor in an ICC dispute with its Mexican logistics company; a technology consulting firm in an ICDR-administered dispute with a Jamaican payment technology company; US private equity funds in various post-acquisition disputes with sellers of portfolio companies; and a US insurance company in AAA-administered regulatory arbitrations to obtain substantial increases in rates for homeowners insurance in Florida.
Ryan received his JD, summa cum laude, in 1987 from Boston University School of Law, where he was the executive editor of the Boston University Law Review. He received his AB, magna cum laude from Harvard University in 1984.