Ryan Mrazik is a partner in the firm's Litigation practice and a member of the firm's Privacy & Security practice and Internet and Social Media industry groups.
He focuses on litigating for and counseling communications service providers—social media companies, mobile carriers and other communications and storage platforms—on the full range of legal issues those companies encounter regarding the privacy and security of their users’ information and content. Ryan also litigates and counsels on privacy and data security issues for any type of company that may encounter these issues.
Defending Privacy and Other Litigation
Ryan defends privacy-related class action litigation, including under the Wiretap Act, Stored Communications Act (SCA), Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA), Song-Beverly Credit Card Act and other federal and state privacy and data security statutes. Ryan's litigation experience also includes consumer protection, contract and intellectual property matters in federal and state courts for technology and other clients.
Regulatory Investigations and Response
Ryan handles government agency investigations of companies’ privacy and data security practices, including inquiries from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), state attorneys general and Congressional committees. This representation includes internally investigating claims asserted by regulators, drafting written responses and preparing witnesses and materials for in-person presentations or testimony.
Responding to Surveillance and User Data Requests
Ryan assists communications service providers respond to government and other requests for surveillance and disclosure of information in accordance with the federal Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA), including under the Wiretap Act (Title III), Pen Register/Trap and Trace Statute, SCA and Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act (CALEA). This includes analyzing domestic and international legal process and requests, representing providers in interactions with government and private counsel, developing compliance manuals and materials, counseling and training in-house lawyers and employees on compliance, and litigating surveillance and user data request issues in state and federal courts across the country.
This component of Ryan’s practice also includes counseling and litigating on related issues, such as witness testimony requests, pre-suit and expedited discovery, requests for location-based information, jurisdictional limitations on subpoena power and section 230 of the Communications Decency Act (CDA). Finally, Ryan assists service providers analyze and respond to governmental and civil legal process that implicates the First Amendment protections afforded to speech, anonymity, association and expression.
Protecting Children Online
Ryan counsels communications service providers and other companies regarding compliance with the federal and state mandatory child safety reporting statutes, including mandatory reporting to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC). This includes helping covered service providers register with NCMEC, prepare reports to the national CyberTipline, identify and handle materials subject to reporting, respond to follow-up requests from law enforcement and train their employees about their associated obligations.
Counseling on Compliance
Ryan counsels companies on compliance with privacy and data security statutes, including the TCPA, California’s Song-Beverly Credit Card Act, Video Privacy Protection Act (VPPA) and state equivalents, state recording statutes, and federal and state biometric identification statutes. He also assists clients with company wide privacy and data security assessments, data breach notification and response policies and procedures, and rapid response to computer intrusions and platform abuse, including remedies under the CFAA.
- Listed in Super Lawyers Magazine, “Rising Stars of Washington Law,” 2014 - 2019
- Court-Appointed Special Advocates for Children, Washington, D.C., Court-Appointed Special Advocate, 2004 - 2006
- District of Columbia Employment Justice Center, Washington, D.C., Intake Volunteer, 2004
- Perkins Coie LLP, Internet Law Fellowship, 2008
- Professor Andrew Schoenholtz, Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, D.C., Research Assistant, 2007 - 2008
- Perkins Coie LLP, Seattle, WA, Summer Associate, 2007
- Department of Justice, Civil Division, Office of National Courts, Washington, D.C., Legal Intern, 2007
- District of Columbia Law Students in Court Program, Washington, D.C., Intake Specialist and Investigator, Summer 2006
- Association of Academic Health Centers, Washington, D.C., Program Assistant, 2003 - 2006