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Ryan S.Spiegel


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Examples of Ryan’s experience include:

  • Won summary judgment in Maryland federal court for a global aerospace, defense, information, and services company after a former employee sued the company under the False Claims Act for whistleblower retaliation related to a military product that jammed the signal of roadside bombs in combat zones. Secured a unanimous affirmation of that dismissal on appeal to the Fourth Circuit, won a judgment against the employee for breach of contract, and resolved parallel government investigations with no negative action.
  • Successfully protested the U.S. Navy’s exclusion of a service-disabled, veteran-owned IT company from consideration during competitive solicitation, forcing the navy to take corrective action and ultimately include the company in a $100 million multiple-award contract.
  • Successfully quashed several writs of attachment against the assets of a U.S. based, international news channel that threatened to freeze the broadcast company’s operations.
  • Represented seller of a small, disadvantaged government contracting company specializing in professional services during successful acquisition of the company and its ongoing federal contracts.
  • Successfully negotiated settlement and dismissal of various business lawsuits, including employee profit sharing dispute with a government contractor, claim for fraudulent transfer of assets in a Ponzi scheme, and subcontractor claim for payment against prime federal contractor.
  • Successfully settled sweeping shareholder derivative case for publicly traded financial institution and represented institution in resolving related government inquiries by various agencies.

Pro Bono Representation

  • Represented an Alabama death row inmate in multiple state and federal habeas corpus proceedings, arguing ineffective assistance of original counsel, intellectual disability of defendant, and several other legal deficiencies warranting reversal of capital sentence; persuaded Alabama Supreme Court to limit application of procedural bar.
  • Represented a nonprofit civic engagement organization in federal litigation to uphold laws prohibiting pension fund managers from donating to the campaigns of elected officials who award pension contracts.
  • Represented a group of local governments, elected officials, nonprofit organizations, and industry groups in proceedings with a Maryland public utilities regulator addressing the proposed merger of a gas and utilities conglomerate with a utilities holdings company. Advocated for reliability enhancements, consumer protections, investments in clean and renewable energy, distributed energy generation, and performance-based ratemaking to align utility performance with the public interest. Arguments and testimony presented on behalf of the coalition were cited extensively by the strong dissenting opinion of two of the five commissioners.
  • “Accessibility for Municipalities,” MML Fall Conference, 2021 (moderator)
  • “COVID 19 Experts Panel,” Shaare Torah, November 2020
  • “Covid-19: Getting Back to Work,” Federal Bar Association, DC Chapter, June 2020
  • “Pathways to Practice: Trends in Public Policy,” University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law, February 2019
  • “Fireside Forum: Immigration, a Local Government Perspective,” Leisure World, April 2014
  • Panel, “The Economics of Immigration Reform,” Institute for Immigration Research at George Mason University, 2013
  • “Do’s and Don’ts of Using Social Media,” Maryland Municipal League Fall Conference, Hagerstown, 2012
  • Roundtable, “What I Wish I Knew,” Winston & Strawn Summer Associate Conference, Chicago, 2012
  • “Big Ideas Forum: Bank on Gaithersburg,” Maryland Municipal League Fall Conference, Annapolis, 2010
  • Listed in The Legal 500, 2022
  • Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2021 to 2023 for Commercial Litigation
  • VIP List (Successful by 40), The Daily Record, 2018
  • Selected to the Maryland Rising Star list, 2015-2018
  • Selected to the Washington D.C. Rising Star list, 2015-2018
  • Law360 Rising Star in Government Contracts (one of five nationally), 2017
  • Selected to the Top Ten ‘Young Guns’ list of Montgomery County, Maryland Politics Watch, 2009
  • Outstanding Achievement Award, Washington Lawyers Committee, for work on Immigrant and Refugee Rights 2005
  • AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbard

Professional Associations

  • American Bar Association
  • District of Columbia Bar
  • Maryland State Bar Association

Community Activities

  • Gaithersburg City Council
  • President, Board of Directors, Maryland Municipal League, 2018-2021
  • National Judge Advocate, The Navy League of the United States, 2017-2018
  • Board of Directors, Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, 2016-2017


  • Stanford University, J.D., 2003,

    president, Law & Policy Review

  • University of Maryland, B.A., 2000,
    magna cum laude

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • New York

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
  • U.S. Supreme Court