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Local Litigation Star


District of Columbia

Practice area:

Product liability

Ryan Scarborough draws upon his deep experience in both federal and state courts across the country to advise his clients and litigate cases. Ryan frequently defends financial institutions, law firms, corporations, and their directors and officers who are under investigation or find themselves facing litigation from government authorities, regulators, consumers, shareholders, and competitors. 

He has litigated against the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Federal Reserve, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the Federal Housing Finance Agency, and other financial regulatory agencies. Ryan is ranked by Benchmark Litigation and has been recognized by The Legal 500 for his work in handling Financial Services litigation, which describes him as an “[o]utstanding attorney and strategic thinker” and praises him for his “calming approach.”

Ryan also has extensive experience trying pharmaceutical product liability cases, having represented Wyeth and Pfizer for more than a decade in mass tort litigation involving diet drugs, vaccines, and menopausal hormone therapy. In the hormone therapy litigation, Ryan helped lead trial teams for bellwether cases and cases that were remanded from the MDL or in state court. 

Ryan frequently speaks and writes about topics related to the representation of directors and officers, including regulatory and enforcement initiatives. Ryan has guest lectured regarding bank examination and enforcement topics at the Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University, and authored a series of articles in 2021 in the ABA’s Business Law Today discussing lessons for in-house financial institution lawyers. Some of Ryan’s other published articles include “Why Does the FDIC Sue Bank Officers? Exploring the Boundaries of the Business Judgment Rule in the Wake of the Great Recession” (2015), “The Law of Unintended Consequences: How the CFPB’s Unprecedented Legislative Authority and Enforcement Approach Has Invited Increasing Challenges” (2016), and “Sometimes It Pays to Litigate Against the CFPB” (2017). 

Ryan chairs the firm’s Discovery Attorney Committee. His pro bono work includes representing clients in immigration/asylum matters, landlord-tenant disputes, Social Security disability cases, and historical preservation matters in Washington, D.C. He has also served as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center, where he taught a trial practice seminar regarding expert witnesses.

Ryan was born and raised in Austin, Texas. He graduated summa cum laude from Duke University in 1994 with a degree in Public Policy Studies. Ryan then studied abroad in Japan for a year as a Fulbright Scholar at Tohoku University before entering law school.  Ryan graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1998, and served as a Primary Editor on the Harvard Law Review. He joined Williams & Connolly in 2000 after clerking for U.S. District Court Judge Alan C. Kay in Honolulu.


Updated Oct 2021