Ryan Newell represents clients who are faced with a variety of business law issues, both in and out of litigation.
In litigation, Ryan has represented parties in corporate and commercial litigation in the Delaware Court of Chancery, the Delaware Superior Court, the Delaware Supreme Court, and the District of Delaware. He has also represented parties as Delaware counsel in intellectual property litigation in the District of Delaware.
While the bulk of his practice is focused on these types of commercial litigations, Ryan has experience representing government entities and parties in trust litigations. In particular, Ryan was part of a team that successfully defended the State of Delaware before the United States Supreme Court in an original jurisdiction action brought by New Jersey that challenged Delaware’s sovereignty over the Delaware River within its historic Twelve Mile Circle.
Outside of litigation, Ryan advises companies and their principals in matters concerning Delaware corporate governance and other Delaware commercial law issues. He is also a Delaware Superior Court certified mediator and has been appointed by the Court of Chancery and Superior Court as a Special Master and an assistant to a Special Master. Ryan has also completed The Sedona Conference's eDiscovery Negotiation Training program, which is an invitation only program.
Ryan is ranked among Delaware’s leading Chancery practitioners according to Chambers USA: Guide to America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. Sources praise Ryan for his "productive and cordial demeanor.” Chambers USA also identifies Ryan in its list of intellectual property practitioners. In addition to Chambers USA, Ryan has been honored by Super Lawyers and The Best Lawyers in America and he has been voted by his peers as one of the state’s Top Lawyers as identified in Delaware Today magazine. Ryan has received an AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review certification, which is Martindale-Hubbell's highest rating for lawyers.
Ryan was elected as a Fellow of Litigation Counsel of America, an honorary society for trial attorneys. In 2010, Ryan received the Delaware State Bar Association’s New Lawyers Distinguished Service Award.
Ryan attended the Dickinson School of Law of the Pennsylvania State University on a Dean’s Scholarship. He was the Casenote Editor for the Penn State Law Review and served as a law clerk to the Honorable Kevin A. Hess in the Cumberland County (Pennsylvania) Court of Common Pleas. As an undergraduate, Ryan graduated from the University of Notre Dame and its nationally acclaimed Mendoza College of Business. He is the president of the Notre Dame Club of Delaware.
- E-Discovery: It's Like Deja Vu All Over Again
- New Year's E-Discovery Resolution: Minimize Discovery Disputes Through E-Neutrals
- Naughty or Nice? Instead of Coal, I Got … ESI?!
- The E-Discovery Promised Land: The Use of E-Neutrals To Aid The Court, Counsel, And Parties
- Court of Chancery Issues Best Practices Guidelines for Practitioners
- Court of Chancery Precludes Limited Partner from Prematurely Withdrawing Its Investment from Partnership
- Court of Chancery Finds That, Under New York Law, Notes May Be Voluntarily Cancelled Absent Provision in the Indenture to the Contrary
- Court of Chancery Dismisses Challenge to Asset Purchase Agreement; Discusses Ramifications of Freedom of Contract in Purchase Agreement
- Court of Chancery Approves a Cox Communications Settlement of Two Actions; Reduces Attorneys’ Fee Award to $10 million
- Court of Chancery Addresses Mooted Purpose for Books and Records Inspection
- Court Declines to Restore Corporate Existence of Dissolved Corporation to Address Lawsuit Filed Prior to Dissolution
- Court Applies Entire Fairness Test to Reverse Stock Split
- Court Awards Attorneys’ Fees and Provides Roadmap for Future Fee Recovery
- After Failed Acquisition, Court Finds Distribution Rights of Shareholders of “Blank Check Company” Governed by Trust Agreement
- Delaware Supreme Court Affirms Adoption of Anti-Takeover Measure Involving Net Operating Losses
- Delaware Supreme Court Settles Split of Authority Regarding Contracts Under Seal
- Despite Applying Step-Transaction Doctrine, Court Does Not Aggregate Transactions and Fails to Find Sale of “Substantially All” Assets
- Non-Party Has Standing As Intervenor to Seek Unsealing of Documents
- Third Circuit Court of Appeals Dismisses Cephalon Shareholder Action for Failure to Plead Demand Futility
- Court of Chancery Enforces Broad Forum Selection Clause; Enjoins First-Filed Action
- Supreme Court Addresses “Fair Price” and “Fair Value” in Appraisal Proceedings; Declines to Adopt Bright Line Rules for Appraisal Proceedings
- Court of Chancery Denies Motion to Expedite Claim for Breach of Implied Covenant of Good Faith and Fair Dealing; Plaintiff Failed to Plead Colorable Claims for Breach of Fiduciary Duty
- Court of Chancery Dismisses Action Where Plaintiff Failed to Plead Key Facts Challenging Breach of Fiduciary Duty and Entire Fairness Standard Applied
- Court Dismisses Counterclaims for Breach of Fiduciary Duty, Breach of Contract, and Breach of Implied Covenant of Good Faith and Fair Dealing
- Delaware Court of Chancery Dismisses Dow Shareholders’ Derivative Claims Regarding Rohm and Haas Acquisition for Failure to Plead Demand Futility
- Court of Chancery Resolves Complex Dispute Regarding Trade Secrets and Claims of Fiduciary Duty Breach
- ‘To Be Sure He is My Husband Good Enough,’ or is He? An Analysis of Common Law Marriage in Pennsylvania
- The Scope of E-Discovery: Your Digital Footprint, International Institute of Municipal Clerks, Region II Conference (January 16, 2019)
- The Scope of E-Discovery: Your Digital Footprint, University of Delaware - Institute for Public Administration (April 6, 2018 and March 13, 2015)
- Best Practices in E-Discovery, Bifferato Trial Practice Forum (January 15, 2016)
- Electronic Discovery in the Delaware Courts: What Delaware Counsel, Outside Counsel, and In-House Attorneys Need to Know (Mar. 19, 2014) with the Honorable Abigail LeGrow
- Delaware Supreme Court Commission on Law & Technology Ethics Update (Feb. 21, 2014)
- Ethics and E-Discovery in the Delaware Courts (October 30, 2013)
- The Scope of E-Discovery: Your Digital Footprint (Sept. 12, 2013)
- Best Practices in E-Discovery: Proportionality and Cooperation from Preservation to Production (Aug. 23, 2013)
- Best Practices in E-Discovery, Delaware Supreme Court Pre-Admission Conferences (2010 – Present)
- Recent Decisions in E-Discovery that Affect All of Us (Dec. 12, 2007)