Complex Commercial Litigation
Class Action Litigation
Financial Services Litigation
Privacy Litigation and Compliance
University of Florida, College of Law
J.D. 2009, magna cum laude
Order of the Coif
Florida Law Review, Board Member
Florida State University
- B. Finance, summa cum laude
- B. Philosophy 2006, summa cum laude
- State Bar of Georgia
- State Bar of Florida
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
- U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Middle Districts of Georgia and Southern, Middle and Northern Districts of Florida
- Georgia Supreme Court and Court of Appeals
- Florida Supreme Court and Courts of Appeal
Ryan D. Watstein
Ryan Watstein has successfully represented businesses as lead counsel in a variety of litigation matters across the country, including complex commercial, consumer class action, and trademark and trade secret. In these cases, Ryan has obtained summary judgment, defeated class certification, obtained injunctive relief, recovered money damages, and prevailed on appeals in state and federal court. In the past few years alone, Ryan has litigated such matters in more than a dozen jurisdictions and before several arbitration tribunals.
While Ryan litigates in several areas, he has particular expertise in defending companies in class-action lawsuits asserted under various types of consumer-protection statutes. These include lawsuits brought under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, Fair Credit Reporting Act, Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, and numerous other federal and state statutes addressing privacy, debt collection, false advertising, and unfair business practices. In addition to litigating in these areas, Ryan advises clients on best practices and litigation avoidance.
In 2013, Ryan was the youngest lawyer in Atlanta to be recognized as a “Rising Star” by Georgia Super Lawyers and Atlanta Magazine, and has received that recognition on several occasions since then. Ryan was also recently recognized as one of Georgia’s “Legal Elite—Best Lawyers in Georgia” by Georgia Trend Magazine.
Prior to entering private practice, Ryan attended law school at the University of Florida, where he served as a Board Member on the Florida Law Review, graduated magna cum laude, was inducted as a member of Order of the Coif, and received multiple awards for the highest grade in the class, including in legal drafting and employment law. Prior to law school, Ryan attended Florida State University on scholarship, graduating summa cum laude with bachelor’s degrees in both philosophy and finance.
Ryan is active in his local community, having recently graduated from Leadership DeKalb and currently serving on United Way’s DeKalb County Advisory Board. Ryan also volunteers as a moot court competition judge, and regularly speaks on a panel at Georgia State University about commercial litigation. Ryan is also a past Board Member of the Druid Hills Civic Association.
- Successfully defended numerous corporate clients against dozens of putative class and individual claims asserted under a variety of consumer protection statutes, including the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, and various similar state statutes. In many cases, obtained voluntary dismissal with no payment by client or prevailed on dispositive motion.
- Defended national telecommunications company against unfair trade practices claims in putative class action. After several rounds of briefing and oral argument, the court compelled arbitration on an individual basis and stayed the case pending arbitration.
- Defended payments company against putative class action under the California Invasion of Privacy Act. The district court dismissed Plaintiff’s claims on first motion and sanctioned Plaintiff’s counsel. Morgan, et al. v. Glob. Payments Check Servs., Inc., No. 2:17-CV-01771, 2018 WL 934579 (E.D. Cal. Feb. 15, 2018).
- Retained by national bank to handle appeal involving “certified question of great public importance” before Florida Supreme Court. Prevailed on appeal, and published decision set standard applicable to motions to set aside judicial foreclosure sales in the State of Florida. See Arsali v. Chase Home Fin. LLC, 121 So. 3d 511, 512 (Fla. 2013).
- Defended debt restructuring client against putative class action under the Georgia Debt Adjustment Act. Removed case to federal court and, before class-certification stage, obtained dismissal of all claims.
- After substantial evidentiary hearing, obtained nationwide injunctive relief in action between industry-leading competitors, enjoining opposing party’s trade secret theft and unfair competition.
- Retained by financial services company to challenge the United States Patent and Trademark Office’s final refusal to register one of their most valuable trademarks. On appeal, the Trademark Trial and Appeals Board reversed and ordered the United States Patent and Trademark Office to register the mark. See In Re Brookwood Funding, LLC, No. 86162901, 2016 WL 1045682 (Trademark Tr. & App. Bd. Feb. 25, 2016).
- Obtained summary judgment in Fortune 50 client’s favor on all counts in lawsuit seeking millions in damages for alleged violations of Department of Housing and Urban Development regulations. After oral argument, the Eleventh Circuit affirmed in a published opinion that contains favorable rulings on multiple issues of first impression. See Bates v. JPMorgan Chase Bank, NA, 768 F.3d 1126 (11th Cir. 2014).
- Successfully litigated numerous trademark infringement, false advertising, and unfair trade practices claims in federal court in multiple jurisdictions.
- Prosecuted breach of fiduciary duty, breach of contract and other claims arising out of a significant Ponzi scheme in Georgia superior court. After oral argument, defeated defendant’s motion for summary judgment on eight of ten claims. The day before trial, obtained confidential settlement for clients.
- Retained by financial institution facing res judicata issues as a result of former attorney’s loss in North Carolina Court of Appeals. Re-filed action in federal court, obtained sanctions award against opposing counsel, forcing favorable settlement that allowed client to circumvent res judicata issue.
- Defended food producer against breach-of-contract claims filed by client’s supplier. After filing counterclaims against supplier, filing third-party claims against another party, and prevailing on all motions filed in case, resolved case through favorable settlement that not only resulted in no payment by client, but actually required other parties to pay client significant sum.
- Defended business client in multi-million-dollar breach-of-contract action. In federal district court, obtained dismissal of all claims with prejudice. On appeal, obtained settlement that resulted in dismissal of appeal without any payment by client.
- In action against materials supplier, obtained judgment in client’s favor. Thereafter, filed fraudulent transfer suit against insolvent judgment debtor, forcing favorable settlement for client.
- Defended commercial property owner against lawsuit alleging client tortiously interfered with company’s attempts to rezone adjacent property and build an energy plant by filing various administrative petitions. Obtained complete dismissal of claims on motion to dismiss.
- Prosecuted multiple contract-based claims against multi-billion-dollar competitor of pharmaceutical company client. After mediation, obtained favorable settlement for client.
- Regularly counsel business clients on strategies for removing defamatory, infringing, or otherwise undesirable content from the internet, including search engine results.
- Acted as national coordinating counsel for international chemical company’s U.S. toxic tort litigation. In that capacity, obtained dismissal of numerous toxic tort claims.
- Successfully litigated a wide range of other disputes on behalf of plaintiffs and defendants across numerous industries, including disputes involving partnership and LLC breakups, breach of contract, fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, professional malpractice, theft of trade secrets, toxic torts, trademark infringement, and violation of various federal and state regulations and statutes.
- Christopher Crosby, Feds Say Debt Collector’s TCPA Constitutional Fight Fails, LAW360, November 3, 2017
- Shayna Posses, Charter Customer Blasts Arbitration Bid in TCPA Spat, LAW360, August 29, 2017
- Adam Sage, Time Warner Unit Wants Opposing Atty, or Testimony, Barred, LAW360, December 10, 2015
- Greg Land, Injunction Bars TitleMax from DMV Records, Rivals’ Stores, FULTON COUNTY DAILY REPORT, June 10, 2015
- Greg Land, Greenberg Traurig is Disqualified in 2 TitleMax Suits, FULTON COUNTY DAILY REPORT, March 24, 2015
- Aebra Coe, Greenberg Traurig DQ’d For Conflict In Auto Title Loan Row, LAW360, March 4, 2015
- Natalie Rodriguez, Baby Food Packager Can’t Make Spoliage Suit Go Bye-Bye, LAW360, December 14, 2011
- Morgan, et al. v. Glob. Payments Check Servs., Inc., No. 2:17-CV-01771, 2018 WL 934579 (E.D. Cal. Feb. 15, 2018)
- Law Offices of Shimshon Wexler, P.C., et al. v. AICOM Sols. LLC, No. 1:17-CV-1084-MHC, 2017 WL 5047903 (N.D. Ga. Oct. 30, 2017)
- Reynolds v. Time Warner Cable, Inc., No. 16-CV-6165W, 2017 WL 362025 (W.D.N.Y. Jan. 25, 2017)
- Errington v. Time Warner Cable Inc., No. 2:15-cv-02196, 2016 WL 2930696 (C.D. Cal. May 18, 2016)
- In Re Brookwood Funding, LLC, No. 86162901, 2016 WL 1045682 (Trademark Tr. & App. Bd. Feb. 25, 2016)
- Brookwood Funding, LLC v. Avant Credit Corp., Inc., No. 1:14-CV-2960, 2015 WL 11504556 (N.D. Ga. July 28, 2015)
- Olin v. JPMC Specialty Mortg., LLC, 175 So. 3d 296 (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. 2015)
- Bates v. JPMorgan Chase Bank, NA, 768 F.3d 1126 (11th Cir. 2014)
- Arsali v. Chase Home Fin. LLC, 121 So. 3d 511, 512 (Fla. 2013)
- Deutsche Bank Nat’l Trust Co. v. Adams, No. 5:12-CV-00280, 2013 WL 12159091 (E.D.N.C. Jan. 4, 2013)
- Bates v. J.P. Morgan Chase Bank, N.A., No. 4:12-CV-43-CDL, 2013 WL 5755583 (M.D. Ga. Oct. 23, 2013)
- Out of Jail and Out of Luck: The Effect of Negligent Hiring Liability and the Criminal Record Revolution on an Ex-Offender’s Employment Prospects, 61 U. Fla. L. Rev. 581 (2009)
- Recognized as one of Georgia Trend’s “Legal Elite – The Best Lawyers in Georgia”
- Recognized as “Rising Star” by Georgia Super Lawyers and Atlanta Magazine in 2013 and 2016-2018 (youngest lawyer to be recognized in 2013)
- Leadership DeKalb, Class of 2015
- United Way, DeKalb County Advisory Board Member (former Community Engagement Chair)
- Georgia Intrastate Moot Court Competition, Oral Argument Subcommittee Member
- Druid Hills Civic Association, Former Board Member
- University of Florida Levin College of Law Alumni Association
- Florida State University Alumni Association