Ryan is an associate in Colantuono, Highsmith & Whatley’s municipal advisory practice group and resident in the Grass Valley office. Ryan currently serves as Assistant City Attorney of Auburn and of Grass Valley, Assistant Town Attorney of Yountville, and Assistant General Counsel for a number of the firm’s special district clients. His practice covers a range of municipal law issues, including labor and employment law, land use, CEQA, public works contracting and open meeting and records laws. Ryan’s current projects include guiding approval of a large mixed-use development; drafting new personnel policies for a fire district; and preparing an ordinance regulating cannabis businesses. Ryan sits on the Legislative Committee for the California Association of Local Agency Formation Commissions (CALAFCo) and on the Executive Committee of the Nevada County Bar Association.
While in law school, Ryan worked for several federal agencies, including litigating government contract disputes for the U.S. Agency for International Development. In a clinical program, Ryan assisted the Cities of Virginia Beach and Baltimore with developing land use policies to address flood risks from sea level rise.
Ryan graduated from Georgetown University Law Center cum laude, receiving the International Academy of Trial Lawyers award for his work in the Georgetown Public Policy Clinic. He was on the staff of the Georgetown Environmental Law Review, where his student note, titled PACE-Ing Flood Resilience, was published. Ryan resides in Grass Valley with his wife Sarah and his dog Scout.