Ryan T. Holt


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Ryan focuses his practice on business litigation.  He has represented clients in many industries, including manufacturing, real estate, insurance, healthcare, education, distribution and sales, financial services, technology, private equity, and startups.  Ryan has represented publicly traded companies, small businesses, and individuals.  He has experience at the trial and appellate level in state and federal court and in mediations and arbitrations.

Ryan was his law school valedictorian.  He received first honors in six courses, including contracts, constitutional law, securities regulation, and corporations.  He was Editor in Chief of the law review.  Before joining the firm, Ryan was a law clerk to the Hon. Gilbert S. Merritt, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.  While in law school, he interned for the Hon. George C. Paine of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Tennessee.

Raised in Nashville, Ryan is the Board Chair and Founding Board Member of Intrepid College Preparatory Charter School.  He is on Montgomery Bell Academy’s Young Alumni Board.  He participated in the Class of 2013 for Nashville Emerging Leaders.  After college, Ryan taught sixth-grade math in an inner-city public school in New York City through Teach For America.

Selected Experience

In 2016, obtained arbitration award including legal fees and expenses for manufacturer of explosive products after weeklong trial against tenant arising out of explosion.

In 2015, defeated motion for temporary injunction seeking to block startup brewery from raising additional capital.  Lawsuit was voluntarily dismissed.

In 2015, obtained summary judgment for defendant guarantor of commercial-mortgaged backed securities loan agreement for alleged violations of recourse carve-outs.

In 2015, represented owner of real estate in downtown Nashville in lawsuit against adjoining landowner for encroachment.

In 2015, obtained summary judgment in favor of individual defendant who had been sued to invalidate trust amendment as violation of public policy.

In 2014, represented insurer sued for tortious interference with business and defamation.  After the court dismissed most claims, the rest were voluntarily dismissed.

In 2014, represented creditor sued for fraudulent conveyance and conspiracy.  After a favorable ruling from the bankruptcy court, the lawsuit was voluntarily dismissed.

In 2014, represented international commodities trader in lawsuit to recover collateral.  Obtained dismissal of defendant’s bankruptcy as filed in bad faith, then obtained order granting immediate possession of collateral.  Bayader Fooder Trading, LLC v. Wright, No. 13-2856, 2014 WL 5369420 (W.D. Tenn. Oct. 21, 2014).

In 2013, obtained favorable settlement for owners of medical office building sued by tenant dentist for alleged violations of exclusivity provision in lease.

In 2013, obtained favorable ruling in federal habeas-corpus appeal in the Sixth Circuit to invalidate sentencing enhancement as in violation of client’s constitutional right to trial by jury.  Lovins v. Parker, 712 F.3d 283 (6th Cir. 2013).

In 2013, obtained judgment of possession and award of all legal fees for commercial developer in lawsuit against tenant for breach of lease.

In 2012, obtained dismissal of lawsuit for international electronics manufacturer sued for breach of contract due to lack of personal jurisdiction.  Smartvue Corp. v. Mistral Software PVT. LTD., No. 3:11-1145, 2012 WL 3000144, at *1 (M.D. Tenn. July 23, 2012).

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Professional Activities

Board Chair, Vanderbilt Law Review Alumni Committee

Class of 2013, Nashville Emerging Leaders

Member, Nashville Bar Association

Member, Tennessee Bar Association

Civic Activities

Board Chair and Founding Board Member, Intrepid College Preparatory Charter School

Four-year mentor through Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee


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