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Ryan S. Nichols

240 South Pineapple Avenue
10th Floor
Sarasota, FL 34236


Danette Canonico
Direct941.366.6660 x2466

Ryan S. Nichols is in the Broker-Dealer Litigation Practice Group of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP, 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, and arbitration before the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA).  He regularly practices before state and federal courts, as well as state and federal regulators and self-regulatory agencies.  In addition, Ryan is a Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Civil Mediator.

Ryan was previously an Assistant State Attorney for the Sixth Judicial Circuit of Florida, supervising the prosecution of over 1200 cases and trying over 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.

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.

In addition to his legal experience, Ryan also served as a Captain in the United States Marine Corps.  Before pursuing law, he served as the Country Plans Officer for Eritrea, Ethiopia and Sudan for the Combined Joint Task Force Horn of Africa from 2006-2007.  Ryan received the Joint Service Commendation Medal (2007), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (2007), Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal (2007), and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (2004).

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Professional and Community Affiliations

  • Leadership Manatee, Board of Governors and Class of 2015 Graduate
  • Sarasota County Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division
  • Sarasota Chamber of Commerce, Engage Sarasota and 2015 and 2016 Judging Panel for Small Business Awards
  • Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance
  • Frank G. Berlin, Sr. Branch of Sarasota County YMCA, Board of Directors
  • Child Protection Center, Inc., Men, Whiskey & Watches Planning Committee 2016

Alternate biographies





  • J.D., Stetson University College of Law, 2010
  • B.A., Communications, Tulane University, 1999

Bar and Court Admissions

  • Florida, 2011
  • Georgia, 2014
  • New York, 2016
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Florida, 2013
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Florida, 2013
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida, 2013
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Georgia, 2014
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Georgia, 2014
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Georgia, 2018
  • Supreme Court Georgia, 2016