Ryan Duckett is senior counsel in the Litigation practice group at Greenspoon Marder. Mr. Duckett’s practice primarily focuses on complex commercial disputes, representing clients across a broad spectrum of industries in all phases of litigation. Mr. Duckett is well-versed in structuring protective covenants to best protect both the companies’ and the creators’ interests. He litigates a variety of cases, from breach of licensing or distribution agreements to unfair business practices and shareholder derivative suits and represents claimants and counterclaimants on a variety of patent, trademark, and copyright litigation disputes. Mr. Duckett supervises and participates in every phase of a matter, from advising, demands and pre-litigation disputes, to law and motion, discovery, trials, arbitrations and mediation, as well as post-trial motions and appeals.
Mr. Duckett also represents clients in the construction and real estate development industry in contract negotiations, project counseling and dispute resolution. He represents owners and contractors from the inception of a project and helps them identify and reduce risk factors and maximize opportunities through contract drafting and negotiation as well as proactive counseling. When disputes arise, Mr. Duckett delivers counsel to clients, both during and after construction, to address project delays, change orders, differing site conditions and contract disputes.
Mr. Duckett works closely with each client to quickly find cost efficient solutions while reducing risks and maximizing results. He holds the mentality that all business owners, startup founders, and creators need to protect what they have built. For those reasons, Mr. Duckett provides clients with business formation, compliance, litigation, partnership disputes and intellectual property counsel to safeguard their privacy and proprietary information confidential.In addition to his practice, Mr. Duckett is passionate about the Los Angeles business landscape and the economic development of the city. As a result, he was appointed by Los Angeles’ Mayor in 2018 as a Los Angeles City Commissioner for Restaurants & Beverages and Nightlife & Entertainment where he now serves as President of the Commission. Even more recently, he was elected as Business Advisory Counsel for Los Angeles Unified School District. Mr. Duckett was also elected a Ambassadors’ Counsel for the California Minority Counsel Program. In addition to these appointments, Mr. Duckett sits on the board for a worldwide virtual reality and augmented reality organization, including VR/AR Assoc.’s Enterprise Board. He also co-founded Skyland XR, LLC, which enhances educational experiences for students to increase their test scores.
Mr. Duckett graduated from the University of North Carolina School of Law, earning his Juris Doctor degree. . He attended Cornell University for undergraduate school, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and Linguistics.
- U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
- U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California
- U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
- J.D., University of North Carolina School of Law
- Co-Chairman of the Student Body Association
- Editor, Member of the International Business and Commercial Law Journal
- B.A., Cornell University, Philosophy and Linguistics
- Pi Kappa Phi fraternity
- Handled discovery disputes for the estate of a famous rapper and record producer in a copyright infringement action in California federal court.
- Prepared online fashion store for trial against famous rapper. Secured favorable judgment at trial for client.
- Advised a professional basketball team on negotiation of a SaaS agreement and best practices under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA).
- Advised a professional basketball team in connection with a marketing service agreement with text message company and on official rules for a seasonal ticket giveaway.
- Defense of digitally first portfolio company against a commercial real estate company and operator of shopping centers in a 1.7-million-dollar lawsuit, asserting counterclaims for conversion damages as well as a declaratory judgment in the parties’ commercial lease dispute.
Professional and Community Involvement
- California Minority Counsel Program, Office of Ambassadors Council, 2021-Present
- California Minority Counsel Program, Annual Conference Committee, Member, 2021-Present
- Los Angeles Unified School District, Business Advisory Council Committee, 2022-Present
- City of Los Angeles, City Commission, Commissioner, 2018-Present
In the News
- Mentioned, “Tekashi 6ix9ine Hit With $2M Suit Alleging Vanished Advance,” Law360, March 18, 2020
- Quoted, “Staying in Touch,” Daily Journal, April 5, 2019