Frank Ryan > DLA Piper LLP (US) > Washington DC, United States > Lawyer Profile

DLA Piper LLP (US)
United States
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Work Department

Intellectual Property and Technology; Trademark and Copyright; Media, Sport and Entertainment


Partner; Global Co-Chair and US Co-Chair, Intellectual Property and Technology; Deputy Chair, Media, Sports and Entertainment Sector


Frank Ryan provides legal and strategic advice to domestic and multinational clients who draw on his experience in litigation, intellectual property, media and sports, and complex commercial matters.

Frank has successfully taken a wide variety of cases to trial and his clients turn to him as a go-to litigator and strategist for their most important matters. He has handled numerous cases and jury trials in the media, sport and medical device arenas and has particular experience in patent, trademark, trade secret, false advertising and business litigation. Frank routinely counsels clients on media and sports deals as well as on patent, trademark and copyright litigation and intellectual property portfolio development and protection.


International Trademark Association; Litigation and Media and Communications sections


J.D., Syracuse University College of Law; B.S., Syracuse University

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Intellectual property > Trademarks: non-contentious (including prosecution, portfolio management and licensing)

DLA Piper LLP (US) ‘approaches everything from a business perspective’ and ‘excels in client service’. Ann Ford, valued for the quality of her ‘counsel and business acumen’, coordinates all trademark and other IP-related issues on behalf of CFA Institute. Frank Ryan delivers ‘outstanding guidance’ and heads the group with San Francisco-based Gina Durham and Ford. High-profile clients include Nike, Al Jaazera, ESPN and also Dr Seuss Enterprises, which Ryan Compton advises on prosecution, licensing and enforcement issues. Keith Medansky is a key figure in the Chicago office. Other partners are based in Washington DC unless stated otherwise.

United States > Intellectual property > Trademarks: litigation

The team at DLA Piper LLP (US) ‘excels in client service’ and is noted for its ability to ‘coordinate trademark litigation matters across a diverse set of jurisdictions’. In San Francisco, co-head Gina Durham is representing the Estate of Marilyn Monroe in a trademark infringement and false endorsement litigation pending in the Southern District of New York. She is also currently acting for France-based video game maker Gameloft in a claim of copyright infringement filed by Glass Egg Digital Media concerning digital car models. Frank Ryan  provides ‘outstanding guidance on trademark-related matters’. He is based in New York and heads the practice with Durham and Ann Ford, who operates from Washington DC.