Ryan Kerian Attorney Profile on UpCounsel
Ryan Kerian

Ryan Kerian

Attorney at Law

Wake Forest
North Carolina
Licensed in
IL
University of Chicago Law School
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About
I serve as a trusted advisor on the challenging business, legal, and regulatory challenges facing companies in a variety of industries. While I am a well-versed generalist, I specialize in serving as outside general counsel to cryptocurrency companies and startups. I am also focused on regulatory compliance and licensing matters for financial services companies, including consumer and mortgage lenders. I maintain a keen focus on providing sound business advice that is grounded in my strong commitment to ethics and integrity. I am particularly proud of my work to support cutting-edge companies in the cryptocurrency and blockchain space.
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"Ryan is great to work with. Clear honest communicator, very professional and knowledgeable."


Posted on Sep 11, 2018
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"Ryan is an excellent listener and he has the ability to simplify and explain complicated concepts. These two assets along with his outgoing personality allow Ryan to serve as an excellent counselor and problem-solver. As such, I'd recommend Ryan without any reservation to handle successfully any challenges that come his way."

Employee Benefits Matter
Posted on Jun 13, 2018
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"Ryan is a conscientious and dedicated advocate whose qualities are best evident when he's under pressure. My closest professional interactions with Ryan have been on pro bono immigration matters: helping him prepare for oral argument before the U.S. Court of Appeals on behalf of one asylum-seeker and assisting him in the preparation of an application for another. On both occasions, I've been equally impressed by his detailed, careful homework and his plainly-evident inner passion."

Immigration Litigation
Posted on Jun 13, 2018

Work History

Lynx Licensing

President & Founder

May 2018 - Present

Lynx Licensing provides expert state and federal regulatory licensing services to mortgage, financial services and cryptocurrency companies operating in or seeking to operate in the United States. Licensing services include state mortgage banker/broker/lender, consumer lender, money transmitter, BitLicense and virtual currency licenses as well as FinCEN money services business registration.

May 2018 - Present

Prime Mortgage Lending, Inc.

Senior Vice President and General Counsel

Jan 2018 - Present

I serve as a trusted advisor on the challenging business, legal, and regulatory challenges facing our company and the mortgage lending industry as a whole. I am a true generalist with a keen focus on providing sound business advice that is grounded in my strong commitment to ethics and integrity.

Jan 2018 - Present

Prime Mortgage Lending, Inc.

Compliance Officer and General Counsel

Dec 2016 - Dec 2017

I was hired and tasked with evaluating and completely revamping the company's quality control, HMDA and compliance programs following the unforeseen departure of two senior executives. I also took on the responsibility of handling the company's legal matters as well as all licensing and regulatory examination activities.

Dec 2016 - Dec 2017

Duke University Law School

Admissions Reviewer

Sep 2016 - Jan 2017

Evaluated candidates for admission to Duke Law School by reviewing and assessing their qualifications and potential for success in the law school's rigorous academic environment.

Sep 2016 - Jan 2017

Hanson Bridgett

Director of Practice Operations

Oct 2015 - Jun 2016

Partnered with business-unit (section) leaders to develop and implement financial, business and strategic plans. Ensured effective day-to-day business operations and drove profitability by monitoring workflow, budgets and key business metrics and goals. Fostered a firm culture that embodied diversity, camaraderie and excellence in client service.

Oct 2015 - Jun 2016

Hanson Bridgett

Director of Legal Talent

Jun 2014 - Sep 2015

San Francisco Bay Area
Develop and implement attorney/paralegal talent management and professional development initiatives across multiple offices. Create, execute and refine strategies for attracting, managing and retaining the firm's attorney/paralegal talent. Manage the workflow of attorneys and paralegals to improve both productivity and key business metrics.

Jun 2014 - Sep 2015

Hanson Bridgett

Director of Legal Talent

Jun 2014 - Sep 2015

San Francisco Bay Area
Develop and implement attorney/paralegal talent management and professional development initiatives across multiple offices. Create, execute and refine strategies for attracting, managing and retaining the firm's attorney/paralegal talent. Manage the workflow of attorneys and paralegals to improve both productivity and key business metrics.

Jun 2014 - Sep 2015

Hanson Bridgett

Attorney Development Manager

Feb 2012 - May 2014

San Francisco Bay Area
Managed all areas of attorney retention and development including compensation, performance evaluation, lateral hire integration, training and mentoring. In many cases, developed policies and processes in these areas from the ground up.

Feb 2012 - May 2014

Major, Lindsey & Africa

Managing Director

Jan 2011 - Jan 2012

My legal recruiting practice focused upon associate level law firm and in-house placements.

Jan 2011 - Jan 2012

Kirkland & Ellis

Associate

Nov 2009 - Mar 2010

Identified, reviewed and analyzed employee benefits issues arising in complex domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions in a fast paced, deadline-driven environment. Revised clients’ health and welfare, cafeteria, tax-qualified, non-qualified, and defined benefit pension plans to ensure compliance with ERISA, EGTRRA, HIPAA, COBRA, and the Internal Revenue Code.

Nov 2009 - Mar 2010

Latham & Watkins

Associate

Oct 2006 - May 2009

Counseled clients on legal aspects of employee benefit and executive compensation matters, including qualified retirement, non-qualified deferred compensation, equity incentive and ERISA arrangements. Represented corporate clients in various civil litigation matters, including complex securities cases.

Oct 2006 - May 2009

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