Ryan S. Nichols


In the Broker-Dealer Litigation practice group of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP, Ryan is part of a team of attorneys who represent large financial institutions and high-net-worth individuals in securities litigation and violations of contractual covenants. His practice also focuses on:

  • Broker-dealer recruitment
  • Wrongful termination and Form U-5 issues
  • “Raiding” litigation
  • Employment law
  • Restrictive covenants
  • Trade secrets
  • Commercial litigation
  • Promissory note litigation
  • Arbitration before the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA)
  • Mediation

Ryan regularly practices before state and federal courts, as well as state and federal regulators and self-regulatory agencies. Ryan is also a Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Civil Mediator and a Certified FINRA Dispute Resolution Services Mediator.

As an Assistant State Attorney for the Sixth Judicial Circuit of Florida, Ryan was responsible for the decision-making and prosecution of more than 1,200 cases. As a lead trial attorney, he managed a division of attorneys and tried more than 50 felony and misdemeanor jury trials to include kidnapping and attempted murder. Prior to his work as an Assistant State Attorney, Ryan was a criminal division legal intern in the United States Attorney's Office, Middle District of Florida, as well as a legal intern for Chief Judge Robert J. Morris, Jr., in the Sixth Judicial Circuit. Ryan’s level of management and experience, coupled with his military experience brings a high level of assertive and competent representation to his clients.

Before pursuing law, Ryan served as both an enlisted Marine and as a Captain in the United States Marine Corps. During his 10 years in the Marine Corps, he served in many roles which include the Country Plans Officer for Eritrea, Ethiopia, and Sudan for the Combined Joint Task Force Horn of Africa from 2006-2007. His military honors include the Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.

While in law school, Ryan was a member of the Stetson Law Review. Ryan also received the Victor O. Wehle Trial Advocacy Award and the William F. Blews Pro Bono Service Award.

When taking time for himself, Ryan enjoys spending time with his wife and son, live music, and snowboarding.