Ryan Leske focuses his practice on defending mergers and acquisitions before the Federal Trade Commission, Department of Justice, state antitrust authorities and foreign competition authorities. His practice also includes complex antitrust litigation and government investigations. Ryan has experience in a variety of industries, including health care, aerospace and defense, aggregates, agribusiness, alcohol beverages, oil and gas, and metals.
In addition to his antitrust practice, Ryan maintains an active pro bono practice. He has represented clients in asylum, employment discrimination and child custody matters, as well as submitted an amicus curiae brief to the Supreme Court of the United States on behalf of a nonprofit organization.
While in law school, Ryan was a managing editor for the Tulane Law Review, the senior articles editor of The Sports Lawyer, and a senior fellow for the legal research and writing program. He interned with the US Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Enforcement and the New Orleans Saints. He also worked as a student attorney for the Tulane Law Clinic where he represented clients in civil rights matters in federal court.
Represented major alcohol beverage company in its compliance with consent agreements with the DOJ requiring purchase and expansion of a brewing facility
Defending steel company in class action lawsuit alleging price fixing and coordinated output reductions
Defending containerboard producer in a class action lawsuit alleging price fixing and coordinated capacity reduction
Secured FTC clearance for merger of two large private label food manufacturers
Represented global agribusiness in its acquisition of a competing cocoa business requiring notification to the United States and the European Commission, as well as regulators in Africa, Asia and South America
Obtained US antitrust clearance for an international specialty chemical company in its acquisition of a US competitor
Counseled clients on potential transactions in the aerospace and defense, medical device, and ready-mix concrete industries
Defended a engineered materials manufacturer in a DOJ investigation into a consummated merger
Represented The Mattachine Society of Washington DC in submission of an amicus curiae brief to the Supreme Court of the United States in Obergefell v. Hodges and the consolidated same-sex marriage cases
American Bar Association, Section of Antitrust Law
American Health Lawyers Association
Contributed to a handbook on mergers in the healthcare industry
Contributed to a paper discussing regulatory reviews in the aerospace and defense industry
Tulane University School of Law, JD, magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, 2014
Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, BS, cum laude, 2011
University of Pennsylvania, BA, cum laude, 2011
District of Columbia
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