C Ryan Reetz represents clients as trial counsel in international and domestic commercial and regulatory disputes. His litigation and arbitration practice 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 arbitration and litigation as an adjunct professor at Emory University School of Law, and previously taught the same subjects 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 teaches trial skills through the National Institute for Trial Advocacy. He also lectures and publishes on topics such as international dispute resolution and trial advocacy, and serves with numerous professional organisations including the American Law Institute. He 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).
Some of Ryan's significant arbitral representations include representing a Barbados investor against the Venezuelan government in an ICSID arbitration involving the hospitality industry; Salvadorean 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 has been appointed to serve on various rules-revision committees including the civil procedure rules committee of The Florida Bar, the rules of judicial administration committee of the Florida Bar, and the advisory committee on mediation to the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida. He is also serving on the ALI members consultative group for the proposed Restatement, The US Law of International Commercial Arbitration. Ryan currently serves as Immediate Past Chair of the Miami International Arbitration Society.
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.