Ryan is an assistant attorney general in the criminal appeals division of the Office of the Attorney General of Maryland.
After graduating from law school, Ryan was a law clerk for Judge Glenn T. Harrell, Jr. of the Court of Appeals of Maryland. After his clerkship, Ryan was an associate in the litigation practice group of the Baltimore law firm Neuberger, Quinn, Gielen, Rubin & Gibber, P.A.
He received his Juris Doctor from the University of Maryland School of Law in May 2004, and is admitted to practice in Maryland and the District of Columbia. He was an Associate Editor of the Maryland Law Review, and served on the Executive Board of the Moot Court Board. He has a bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of Maryland.