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Ryan Spear

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Counsel

Ryan Spear is a counsel in the firm’s Litigation and Privacy & Security practices. 

Ryan’s practice focuses on privacy-related litigation for Internet and technology companies. He represents clients in cases arising under the Wiretap Act, the Stored Communications Act, the Pen Registers and Trap and Trace Devices Act, the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, and similar state laws. His experience includes litigation in federal and state courts across the country, including complex class actions and matters before the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation.

Ryan also has an active general litigation practice and has represented a wide range of clients in fields as diverse as intellectual property, unfair competition, consumer protection, products liability, and political law.

In addition to his litigation practice, Ryan helps communication service providers respond to requests for authorized electronic surveillance and data disclosure and counsels clients on issues regarding data security and data use, including compliance with federal and state regulations.

Ryan dedicates a significant amount of time to pro bono work. His pro bono practice currently focuses on housing-related issues and improving the quality of representation for indigent defendants.

Related Employment

  • Congressional Oversight Panel, Washington, D.C., Legislative Fellow, 2009
  • Perkins Coie LLP, Seattle, WA, Summer Associate, 2006
  • Counterterrorism Section of the U.S. Department of Justice, Washington, D.C., Clinical Intern, Fall 2005

Clerkships

  • Hon. Paul L. Friedman, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, 2007 - 2009

Education

  • Harvard Law School, J.D., 2007
    Editor, Harvard Law Review
  • Portland State University, M.A., English and American Literature, 2000
    Editor-in-Chief, Portland Review Literary Journal
  • University of Washington, B.A., English, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 1997

Bar Admissions

  • Washington

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington