M. Ryder Thomas


Antitrust, Securities Litigation, Consumer Protection, Complex Business and Financial Litigation; Class Action Litigation


Ryder is an experienced litigator with particular expertise in the areas of complex business litigation as well as antitrust, securities fraud, and consumer protection class actions. He is also a seasoned financial professional with significant experience as an investment banker, private equity investor, and corporate executive. 

Ryder has litigated multi-billion dollar cases as a member of some of the country’s most notable litigation firms. As an investment banker, he has advised hundreds of clients on matters related to mergers and acquisitions, capital markets transactions, complex valuations, and financial restructurings. As a private equity investor, he has executed US and cross-border transactions across a variety of sectors. Ryder is also the founder of Pegasus Lodges & Resorts, an international hotel chain operating in five countries. This broad base of practical experience in a variety of roles enables a unique ability to relate to his clients and to navigate within the complex nuances of the commercial ecosystem. 


University of Georgia, A.B., 1997
The University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, J.D., 2000
Law Clerk the Honorable James S. Burns, Chief Judge of the Hawaii Intermediate Court of Appeals.


  • State Bar of California
  • State Bar of Hawaii
  • United State District Court
    • Northern District of California
    • Central District of California
    • Eastern District of California
    • Southern District of California
    • District of Hawaii
  • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • FINRA Series 7 & 63 (expired)