Ryan A. Lee

Of Counsel

Ryan A. Lee advises owners, general contractors, subcontractors, design professionals, and suppliers in various construction-related litigation matters, including disputes related to design and construction defects, mechanics’ and materialmen’s liens, contractor licensing, and Prompt Pay act and other payment issues. In addition, he drafts and negotiates many types of construction, development, design, and related contracts.  

Ryan has guided clients throughout all stages of litigation from pre-litigation negotiations through trial and has successfully argued appeals before all three divisions of the Tennessee Court of Appeals, as well as the Tennessee Supreme Court.  In addition to his construction practice, Mr. Lee has significant commercial litigation and government regulatory experience based on his time in private practice in Chicago and as an Assistant Attorney General in the Tennessee Attorney General’s Office.  

While working for the Tennessee Attorney General, Ryan served as regulatory counsel for the Tennessee Consolidated Retirement System’s alternative investment portfolio where he negotiated complex commercial agreements for private equity, strategic lending and real estate transactions and served as general counsel for the Tennessee State Funding Board, Tennessee State School Bond Authority, and the Tennessee Local Development Authority.  Ryan also represented state agencies in regulatory and litigation matters involving election code challenges, charitable trusts, non-profit abuse, insurance licensing, and utilities.  While in Chicago, Ryan represented clients in disputes involving property coverage actions, creditor’s rights, product liability, and breach of warranty claims.  

Education & Credentials


ITT/Chicago-Kent College of Law

J.D., 2007
  • Awarded highest grades in legal writing, secured transactions, and business transactions.
  • Chicago IP Colloquium Fellow

Princeton University

B.S.E., Operations Research and Financial Engineering, 2002

Bar Admission

  • Tennessee
  • Illinois
    • Inactive

Prominent Assignments

Represented regional general contractor in all construction contract negotiations, construction defect, and payment disputes.

Represented real estate investor in contract dispute with property developer.

Represented homeowners in construction defect and payment dispute with residential contractor in Hendersonville, Tennessee.

Represented electrical supplier in piercing the corporate veil of defunct customer to recover against assets of owner and sister corporation.  After week long bench trial, court returned a verdict in our client’s favor that was affirmed on appeal.  

Represented civil engineering firm in a series of lawsuits related to site drainage issues at multi-family developments in Illinois.  

Successfully defended builder’s risk insurer against $30 million claims in two week jury trial.

Obtained dismissal of all claims against participating builder’s risk insurer in connection with renovation of Soldier Field.  

Professional Involvement

  • Tennessee Bar Association-Construction Section (Member)
  • Tennessee Association of Construction Counsel (Member)
  • American Bar Association, Construction Forum (Member)

Court Admissions

  • United States District Court, Eastern District of Tennessee, 2019
  • United States District Court, Western District of Tennessee, 2015
  • United States District Court, Middle District of Tennessee, 2014
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin, 2009
  • United States District Court, Central District of Illinois, 2008
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois, 2007
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