Ryan T. Holt


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Ryan practices complex commercial litigation.  Although he has substantial experience with a wide range of complex commercial and business disputes, Ryan’s practice has recently centered on litigating covenants not to compete and trade secrets, real estate transactions, contractual disputes, business torts, and shareholder and corporate governance issues.

Ryan also has an active antitrust practice.  He is currently representing large regional and national supermarkets and wholesalers in antitrust litigation pending in Chicago.  As part of this practice, Ryan advises clients on antitrust compliance before disputes arise.

Ryan has represented clients across a diverse set of industries, including manufacturing, real estate, insurance, healthcare, chemicals, education, distribution and sales, financial services, technology, private equity, finance, food and beverage, and startups.  He has represented publicly traded companies, large private companies, small businesses, and individuals.  In addition to trial and appeals, Ryan advises clients on litigation avoidance and assessment.

In law school, Ryan graduated as the Valedictorian of his class and was the Editor in Chief of the Law Review.  Before joining the firm, where he serves as hiring partner, he was a law clerk to the Honorable Gilbert S. Merritt of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

Raised in Nashville, Ryan is Board Chair of Intrepid College Preparatory Charter School, for which he has been a Founding Board Member for the past eight years.  After college, Ryan taught sixth-grade math in New York City through Teach For America.

Selected Experience
  • In re: Broiler Chicken Antitrust Litigation, N.D. Ill. (individual direct action purchasers)
  • Domus Development, LLC et al. v. Titan Development, LLC et al., Case No. 2:18-cv-00052 (M.D. Tenn.) (lawsuit to enforce partnership agreement)
  • Bell Holdings, LLC, et al., v. Isham, et al., Chancery Court for Davidson County, Tennessee, No. 16-794-III (non-compete and non-solicitation)
  • Propst Development Fiddler’s Glen Nashville, LLC et al. v. Paul W. Chrisman, Jr. et al., Chancery Court for Williamson County, Tennessee, No. 45779 (lawsuit to enforce contract to purchase real estate)
  • In re: American Express Antitrust Litigation, E.D.N.Y. (individual merchant antitrust litigation)
  • Baurle, et al. v. Kelty, et al., 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, et al., 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 weeklong arbitration hearing 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, National Association v. Independence Place Fort Campbell Patriots, LLC, et al., 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 et al., Chancery Court for Williamson County, Tennessee, Case No. 2015-332 (loans between affiliated family-owned businesses)
  • Cain et al. v. Cain et al., 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 et al., 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 d/b/a The Claim Firm v. Erie Indemnity Co. et al., 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


  • Super Lawyers 2013-2019 (“Mid-South Rising Star”)
  • Benchmark Litigation 2019 (“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

  • Board Chair and 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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