Ryan J. Watson

Ryan Watson focuses on appellate litigation, critical motions practice, and advocacy before federal regulatory agencies. A former clerk to Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito, Ryan has participated in complex litigation matters before the Supreme Court, other appellate courts, and trial courts. He has been involved in matters relating to constitutional law, statutory interpretation, challenges to federal agency action, the False Claims Act, and legal malpractice defense.

Ryan has argued before the D.C. Circuit in a challenge to an agency action and has examined witnesses in federal district court. He contributed to successful merits briefing in Supreme Court cases involving the First Amendment, limitations on the federal government's authority to take land into trust, the federal "honest services" fraud statute, and rules for preserving a challenge to legally erroneous jury instructions. [1]