Ryan Meltzer

Senior Associate
Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP

United States
T:+1 512 536 5234
United States
T:+1 512 536 5234
Ryan Meltzer

Ryan Meltzer

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Ryan Meltzer is a senior associate in the Austin office and a member of the firm's Regulations, Investigations, Securities & Compliance group. His practice focuses on commercial and securities litigation, including shareholder- and whistleblower-litigation defense, SEC and FINRA enforcement matters, internal corporate investigations, and complex commercial litigation. Ryan regularly advises clients in a wide range of industries on internal investigations and compliance with federal securities and anti-corruption laws, and defends publicly held corporations, officers, and directors against shareholder lawsuits in state and federal court. Ryan also has extensive experience negotiating and litigating commercial disputes in the energy, tech, and finance sectors.

During law school, Ryan was Chief Notes Editor of the Texas Law Review, a Teaching Quizmaster in the law school's first-year legal research and legal writing program, and a participant in the U.S. Supreme Court Clinic. He was inducted into the Chancellors honors society as Grand Chancellor (the student with the highest GPA after 2L year) and is also a member of the Order of the Coif. Following graduation, Ryan clerked for the Honorable Edward C. Prado of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

Before joining the firm, Ryan worked as an investigator for the Civilian Complaint Review Board, an independent police oversight agency in the New York City government tasked with investigating charges of NYPD misconduct.

Professional experience

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JD, with highest honors, The University of Texas School of Law, 2014
BA, with honors, Political Science, Vassar College, 2007

Ryan is admitted to practice in Texas, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, and the Northern, Western, Southern, and Eastern Districts of Texas. 

  • Texas State Bar
  • Defended public oil-and-gas company and its outside directors in derivative suit for breach of fiduciary duties arising from conflicted controller transaction; secured dismissal of all counts in the Delaware Court of Chancery and successfully opposed motions for relief from final judgment, vacatur, and substitution in the Delaware Court of Chancery and the Delaware Supreme Court.
  • Defended public bank holding company against federal securities fraud suit in the Southern District of New York based on alleged misstatements regarding provisions for loan losses and loan impairment; secured dismissal of all counts without leave to amend.
  • Defended broker-dealer and principals against FINRA disciplinary charges based on alleged sale of unregistered securities; secured complete reversal of FINRA's findings of violations and sanctions, without remand, from the Securities and Exchange Commission.
  • Defended Canadian health benefits provider in breach of contract lawsuit in the Western District of Texas; secured complete dismissal on personal jurisdiction grounds. 
  • Defended major HVAC manufacturer in putative nationwide products liability class action in the Southern District of Florida; secured dismissal of all counts without leave to amend.
  • Defended public oil-and-gas company and its directors in merger litigation in the Delaware Court of Chancery; negotiated favorable settlement.
  • Represented national trade associations and merchants in federal lawsuits in the District of D.C. and the Eastern District of Texas challenging FDA regulations on constitutional, statutory, and administrative grounds; secured industry-wide relief on multiple counts.
  • Defended the CFO of a publicly traded energy company against Wells Notice raising charges of securities fraud and books-and-records violations; persuaded SEC not to file charges.
  • Defended the former CEO of an oil-and-gas exploration and production company in SEC investigation into alleged securities fraud; negotiated favorable settlement.
  • Prosecuted lawsuit by software company alleging corporate espionage, trade secret misappropiation, and unfair competition in Travis County District Court; negotiated favorable settlement.
  • Represented telecommunications company in shareholder books-and-records litigation in the Delaware Court of Chancery; negotiated release of requested records.
  • Conducted internal investigation into potential FCPA violations at Latin American subsidiary of multinational chemical corporation. 
  • Advised numerous energy-storage companies in disputes with manufacturers and suppliers of renewable-energy technology over breaches of warranties, performance deficiencies, site safety issues, and liquidated damages.
  • Advised educational institution on conduct of internal investigation and preservation of attorney–client privilege and work product protection.
  • Advised investment fund in securities fraud lawsuit brought by disappointed investor in private placement.
  • Represented former Salvadoran police officer pro bono in asylum proceedings; won asylum at trial.
  • Represented disability rights organization pro bono in challenge to state's implementation of the National Voter Registration Act; negotiated change in state policy to achieve full compliance with federal law.
  • Represented residential tenants pro bono in eviction proceedings during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • The Best Lawyers in America, Ones to Watch, Corporate Law, Best Lawyers, 2021 - 2024
  • The Best Lawyers in America, Ones to Watch, Criminal Defense: White-Collar, Best Lawyers, 2021 - 2024
  • The Best Lawyers in America, Ones to Watch, Government Relations Practice, Best Lawyers, 2021 - 2024
  • The Best Lawyers in America, Ones to Watch, Litigation – Securities, Best Lawyers, 2021 - 2024
  • Texas Rising Star, Securities Litigation, Thomson Reuters, 2022 - 2023
  • Co-author, "US SEC Prevented from Expanding Fraudulent Scheme Liability," Norton Rose Fulbright - Legal Update, August 2022
  • Co-author, "US SEC Administrative Tribunals in the Crosshairs," Norton Rose Fulbright - Legal Update, May 2022
  • Co-author, "SEC Administrative Tribunals Held Unconstitutional," Norton Rose Fulbright - Legal Update, May 2022
  • Co-author, "The Delaware Supreme Court clarifies the standards for director oversight liability under Caremark," Norton Rose Fulbright - Legal Update, June 2019
  • Co-author, "US, Canada issue major insider trading decisions," Norton Rose Fulbright - Legal Update, Dec. 2016
  • Co-author, "New Considerations From COSO For Internal Controls," ​Law360, Oct. 18, 2016
  • Co-author, "SEC Spotlights Undrilled Reserves And Resource Estimates," Law360, Oct. 12, 2016
  • Co-author,  "5th Circuit rejects securities fraud class action: Public disclosures, pleading standards prove fatal," Norton Rose Fulbright - Legal Update, Jan. 2016
  • Author, Note, "Qualified Immunity and Constitutional Norm-Generation in the Post-Saucier Era: 'Clearly Establishing' the Law Through Civilian Oversight of Police," 92 Texas L. Rev. 1277 (2014)

Avoiding Director and Officer Liability - Presentation to the Association of Corporate Counsel - Austin Chapter (Sept. 15, 2022)

  • Austin Bar Association/Austin Young Lawyers Association Leadership Academy, 2018
  • UT Law Youth Court, 2011-2013
  • NYC Civilian Complaint Review Board Public Outreach Unit, 2009-2011
  • Spanish