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Ryan S. Nichols

240 South Pineapple Avenue
10th Floor
Sarasota, FL 34236


Danette Canonico
Direct941.366.6660 x2466

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
  • 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.

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 music, snowboarding, and traveling the world.


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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
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York, 2018