Ryan T. Holt


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Ryan practices complex commercial litigation. With more than a decade of experience in high-stakes business disputes, Ryan has recently litigated covenants not to compete and trade secrets, real-estate transactions, contract disputes, business torts, and shareholder and corporate-governance issues. Ryan’s practice includes antitrust litigation, in which he represents large corporate clients in courts around the country.

Ryan’s clients span many industries, including manufacturing, real-estate development, insurance, healthcare, chemicals, education, distribution and sales, financial services, technology, private equity and finance, food and beverage, and startups.  He represents publicly traded companies, large private companies, small businesses, and individuals.  In addition to trials and appeals in state and federal courts, Ryan advises clients on litigation avoidance and assessment.

Ryan was the valedictorian of his law school class and served as the Editor in Chief of the Vanderbilt Law Review. Before joining the firm, he was a law clerk for the Honorable Gilbert S. Merritt of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

As a former public school teacher, Ryan is passionate about public education. In February 2022, Governor Lee appointed him as the District 5 Representative on the Tennessee Board of Education. In 2011, Ryan helped found Intrepid College Prep Charter School, for which he has served as a volunteer board member for the past ten years, including six years as Board Chair. After college, he taught sixth-grade math in New York City through Teach For America.

Selected Experience
  • Houston Humphreys, LLC v. Houston Street Partners, LLC, Chancery Court for Davidson County, TN (representing owners of large commercial property in litigation involving $30+ million real estate deal)
  • Accurate Energetic Systems, LLC v. Maxam North America, Inc., Chancery Court for Humphreys County, TN (obtained emergency relief of dismissal of multiple lawsuits in Canada brought in violation of forum selection clause)
  • In re: Broiler Chicken Antitrust Litigation, N.D. Ill. (pending antitrust and RICO claims on behalf of large national and regional grocers)
  • New Horizon Home Care, LLC v. Northeastern Nevada Regional Hospital, D. Nev., Case No. 3:19-CV-00521 (defeated antitrust claims on dispositive motions on behalf of national hospital company)
  • Fishon v. Mars Petcare US, Inc., M.D. Tenn., Case No. 3:19-cv-00816 (breach of warranty class action)
  • Solugen v. M3 Chemical Group, LLC, S.D. Tex., Case No. 4:19-cv-01658 (breach of contract and fraud claims involving stock options in startup company)
  • Servpro Industries, LLC v. Zollman, Circuit Court for Sumner County, Tennessee, Case No. 83CC1-2019-CV-618 (noncompete)
  • Domus Development, LLC v. Titan Development, LLC, Case No. 2:18-cv-00052 (M.D. Tenn.) (partnership agreement)
  • Bell Holdings, LLC, v. Isham, Chancery Court for Davidson County, Tennessee, No. 16-794-III (non-compete and non-solicitation)
  • Propst Development Fiddler’s Glen Nashville, LLC v. Paul W. Chrisman, Jr., Chancery Court for Williamson County, Tennessee, No. 45779 (real estate)
  • In re: American Express Antitrust Litigation, E.D.N.Y. (antitrust)
  • Baurle v. Kelty, Case No. 16-229-BC, Business Court for Davidson County, Tennessee (summary judgment regarding ownership percentages and control rights for minority owners of real-estate investment LLC)
  • SFEG Corp. v. Blendtec, Inc., Case No. 3-15-cv-466 (M.D. Tenn.) (breach of contract and warranty under UCC Article 2 for blender motor parts)
  • Nashville Cool Springs, L.P. v. Sports Land Group, LLC, Business Court for Davidson County, Tennessee, No. 16-2725-BC (summary judgment for developer regarding commercial real-estate transaction)
  • PSC Metals, Inc. v. Shelby Land Co. LLC, 2017 WL 587878, 3:14-cv-02019 (M.D. Tenn.) (summary judgment for owners of scrapyard property in downtown Nashville)
  • Schwartz. v. Tennessee Brew Works, LLC, Business Court for Davidson County, Tennessee, Case No. 15-710-BC (defeated injunction to block brewery from raising capital)
  • Accurate Energetic Systems, LLC v. American Sporting Supplies, LLC, American Arbitration Association, Case No. 01-14-0001-6388 (prevailed on contract and tort claims after week long trial between manufacturers of explosive products)
  • Accurate Energetic Systems, LLC v. American Sporting Supplies, LLC, Chancery Court for Davidson County, Tennessee, Case No. 16-1091-I (confirmation of arbitration award)
  • Wells Fargo Bank v. Independence Place Fort Campbell Patriots, LLC, Chancery Court for Montgomery County, Tennessee, Case No. MC-CH-CV-RE-13-28 (summary judgment for guarantor of commercial-mortgaged backed securities)
  • VLD Inc. v. Donisi, Chancery Court for Williamson County, Tennessee, Case No. 2015-332 (loans between affiliated family-owned businesses)
  • Cain v. Cain, Chancery Court for Davidson County, Tennessee, Case No. 13-1174-III (disassociation of partners and valuation of ownership interests)
  • 2005 Qualified Annuity Trust with Cumberland Trust & Investment Company, Trustee v. HTDG LLC, Chancery Court for Davidson County, Tennessee, No. 14-1114-II (adverse possession and encroachment in downtown Nashville)
  • Harvill v. Harvill, No. 3:12-cv-00807 (M.D. Tenn.) (summary judgment to declare trust amendment valid in face of claims of public policy)
  • Lovins v. Parker, 712 F.3d 283 (6th Cir. 2013) (issuance of writ of habeas corpus to invalidate sentencing enhancement as violation of Sixth Amendment), 2:08-cv-02706 (W.D. Tenn.) (immediate release from prison for violation of court order)
  • Baker v. Erie Indemnity Co., Circuit Court for Knox County, Tennessee, Case No. 2343-14 (dismissal of business torts on behalf of insurer)
  • Allen v. Smith, Chancery Court for Davidson County, Tennessee, Case No. 13-316-II (dismissal of fraudulent conveyance and conspiracy) and Case No. 13-08657-MH-11 (M.D. Tenn. Bankr.) (affirming creditor’s claim after evidentiary hearing)
  • Bayader Fooder Trading, LLC v. Wright, No. 13-2856, 2014 WL 5369420 (W.D. Tenn.) (recovery of collateral under UCC Article 9 on behalf of international commodities trader) and Case No. 13-13368 (W.D. Tenn. Bankr.) (dismissal of bankruptcy)
  • Blockley v. Physicians Plaza of Murfreesboro II, LLC, Chancery Court for Rutherford County, Tennessee, Case No. 12CV-1362 (exclusivity provision in medical office lease)
  • Smartvue Corp. v. Mistral Software Pvt. Ltd., No. 3:11-1145, 2012 WL 3000144 (M.D. Tenn.) (dismissal of international electronics manufacturer for lack of personal jurisdiction)

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Education & Bar Admissions


  • J.D. (valedictorian), Vanderbilt University
  • M.A. (economics), University of Nebraska – Lincoln
  • B.A. (summa cum laude), Vanderbilt University

Bar Admissions

  • Tennessee Bar
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. District Courts for the Middle, Western, and Eastern Districts of Tennessee
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
Recognition & Publications


  • Woodward/White: The Best Lawyers In America 2021-Present (Commercial Litigation; Litigation-Real Estate)
  • Super Lawyers 2013-Present (Business Litigation) (“Mid-South Rising Star”)
  • Benchmark Litigation 2019-Present (“Future Star”)
  • Finalist, Nashville Emerging Leader Award, 2016
  • Attorney for Justice Tennessee Supreme Court Pro Bono Service Award 2015-2016
  • Nashville Bar Journal, Article of the Year, 2012
  • Founder’s Medal
  • Editor in Chief, Vanderbilt Law Review
  • Order of the Coif
  • Robert F. Jackson Prize
  • Archie B. Martin Prize
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Note, A Uniform System for the Enforceability of Forum Selection Clauses in Federal Courts, 62 Vand. L. Rev. 1913 (2009)
Professional & Civic Activities

Professional Activities

  • Tennessee Bar Association Leadership Law, Class of 2019
  • Nashville Bar Foundation Leadership Forum, Class of 2016-2017
  • Nashville Emerging Leaders, Class of 2013
  • Chair, Vanderbilt Law Review Alumni Committee
  • Member, Nashville Bar Association
  • Member, Tennessee Bar Association

Civic Activities

  • State Board of Education, Member for TN-5
  • Founding Board Member, Intrepid College Preparatory Charter School
  • Former Board Member, Montgomery Bell Academy Young Alumni Board
  • Four-year mentor through Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee

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