Cleary Gottlieb Expands Preeminent Antitrust Practice With Ryan Shores

July 3, 2023

Ryan Shores has joined Cleary Gottlieb as a partner in the Washington, D.C. office, focusing on antitrust and litigation.

Ryan will further strengthen Cleary’s market-leading antitrust merger litigation resume. Cleary has successfully defended merger challenges brought by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC), and state attorneys general, and is a go-to firm for mergers facing a risk of challenge. Ryan is a leader in this area, having defended multiple antitrust merger challenges raising cutting-edge legal issues, and will add to Cleary’s experience in this critical area.

Ryan also represents companies in other high-stakes antitrust matters and complex litigation at the trial and appellate levels in federal and state courts, and in antitrust and other investigations. Ryan has represented companies in numerous industries, including internet retail, financial technology, banking, publishing, transportation, energy, defense, and aerospace, in matters involving all types of antitrust claims under Sections 1 and 2 of the Sherman Act and similar state laws. In addition to his litigation and investigations work, Ryan regularly advises clients on a full range of antitrust issues.

“We are thrilled to welcome Ryan to our firm,” said Cleary Managing Partner Michael Gerstenzang. “Cleary’s renowned antitrust team has been succeeding for our clients on the most high-profile and complex antitrust matters for decades. We have secured merger and other major litigation victories and continued to guide clients through the most sensitive civil and criminal antitrust investigations.”

“Our team includes some of the most highly regarded lawyers in the field, including former senior officials from the FTC, DOJ, and the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Competition,” said Cleary antitrust partner Jeremy Calsyn. “Ryan’s experience will complement our formidable bench of renowned practitioners.”

“Cleary is unmatched in our ability to advise clients efficiently on a full range of antitrust matters,” said Cleary antitrust partner Leah Brannon. “Ryan’s arrival will expand our unique perspective that is invaluable in today’s increasingly complex business landscape.”

“Cleary has a proven track record in high-profile litigation and handling sensitive civil and criminal antitrust investigations,” said Ryan. “I am looking forward to joining a firm of this stature where I can contribute to their deep experience.”

Prior to joining Cleary, Ryan was a partner at another major global law firm. Previously, he served as Associate Deputy Attorney General & Senior Advisor for Technology Industries at the U.S. Department of Justice.

Ryan received his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law and his B.A. from Huntingdon College. After graduating from the University of Virginia School of Law, he served as a law clerk to the late Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist of the U.S. Supreme Court.