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National Crime Victim Law Institute

Ryan Guilds

March 06, 2020

Ryan Guilds is Counsel at international law firm Arnold and Porter, LLP, where his practice focuses on intellectual property brand protection, complex products liability litigation, white collar defense, internal company compliance and criminal law. Mr. Guilds’ pro bono practice focuses on supporting survivors of intimate partner violence and sexual assault, with an emphasis on survivors of sexual assault in the military. In 2012, Mr. Guilds spearheaded the development of Arnold and Porter’s representation of crime victims in criminal proceedings, a program that has since trained hundreds of crime victim rights lawyers and represented dozens of crime victims. Mr. Guilds is the former board chair of Network for Victim Recovery of DC, a nonprofit organization offering holistic services including legal counsel to the victims of crime. In 2014, Mr. Guilds was a recipient of NVRDC’s inaugural Firm Voice Award, in recognition of his commitment to offering pro bono support and advocacy for survivors of crime by ensuring they have a voice throughout the recovery process. In 2017, Mr. Guilds was honored with the Protect Our Defenders Justice Award for outstanding contributions to the representation of military sexual assault survivors. Mr. Guilds graduated in 1997 from the University of North Carolina School Of Law, High Honors and clerked for the Hon. J. Dickson Phillips, United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

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