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Ryan P. Kelley advises large and small companies on a broad range of legal needs arising from early inception to global operations. He advises start-up, emerging, growth, and established companies in the technology, government contracting, space, biotech, and cybersecurity industries. Ryan focuses on engaging deeply with clients on domestic and cross-border corporate matters, including mergers and acquisitions, financings, joint ventures, capital raises, strategic investments and alliances, and corporate restructuring. He also actively assists clients with corporate governance and other business-related matters.


  • Cross-Border M&A
  • Emerging technology
  • Blockchain taskforce
  • Space and aerospace systems



  • Representation of H2M Group, LLC, a veteran owned provider of geospatial intelligence services to the U.S. Government, in its sale to Mantech International Corporation.
  • Representation of a veteran owned small-business geospatial intelligence services provider in the sale of 100% of its membership interests to ECS Federal, LLC, a technology services company.
  • Representation of Sev1Tech, LLC, a technology company providing information technology, cybersecurity, cloud, and program management services and solutions to U.S. government, in the sale of a controlling interest to DFW Capital Partners, a private equity investment firm focused on lower middle-market companies.
  • Representation of Higher Logic, LLC, an industry leader in cloud-based community platforms, in its $55 million investment from JMI Equity, a growth equity firm focused on investing in leading software companies.
  • Representation of a publicly traded Life Sciences company in its acquisition of a leading producer of reagents, kits, and assays via a reverse triangular merger.
  • Representation of a publicly traded Life Sciences company in the acquisition of a bioinformatics company providing biomarker data management and analysis products.
  • Representation of Axios, Inc. in its sale to LGS Innovations, a portfolio company of Madison Dearborn Partners and CoVant, for an undisclosed sum. Virginia-based Axios is a provider of communications and signal processing solutions and mission support services for the Department of Defense and Intelligence communities.
  • Representation of Maryland-based 7 Delta, Inc. in its acquisition by Mantech International Corporation. 7 Delta, Inc. was a government contractor providing IT services systems integration, program management, software development, security architecture, and information assurance to a number of large U.S. government clients. Such clients include Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), which 7 Delta served as a prime contractor on the VA’s Transformation Twenty-One Total Technology (T4) program.
  • Legal Intern, Government of Liberia, Ministry of Public Works, Summer 2011
  • Legal Intern, Alliant Techsystems, Inc., Summer 2010

Recognition & Leadership

  • Listed, The Best Lawyers in America, "Ones to Watch," Corporate Law, 2024
  • Member, American Bar Association
    • Member, Business Law Section, 2008–Present


  • J.D., cum laude, University of Minnesota Law School, 2011
    • Editor, Minnesota Law Review, Volume 95
    • President, American Constitution Society
  • M.A., The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, 2012
    • Lier Fellow
    • Legal Fellowship, Government of Liberia, Ministry of Public Works, Summer 2011
  • B.A., International Relations, cum laude, Carleton College, 2005
  • Virginia
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • French, Conversational