Matthew Van Ryn

Matthew Van Ryn

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Phone: (315) 422-1311
Fax: (315) 479-7612
Email: [email protected]

Policy Proposals To Accelerate the Growth of Renewable Energy in New York” (PDF)
(as discussed at the Syracuse Tech Garden on May 8, 2009)
by Matthew Van Ryn, Esq., Melvin & Melvin, PLLC. 2008

Matthew Van Ryn is an attorney who practices in the areas of business law and intellectual property, specializing in working with start-ups and mid-market clients. He advises clients in areas such as entity formation, buy-sell, shareholder and operating agreements, business strategy, employment and stock option agreements, intellectual property protection and licensing, mergers and acquisitions.

Mr. Van Ryn has substantial experience negotiating and drafting commercial contracts, commercial lease transactions, joint ventures, software and technology development, manufacture, sales and distribution agreements.

He has secured funding through private placements, loans and grants for numerous start up and growing businesses under a wide variety of programs.

Mr. Van Ryn also has extensive experience as a technology marketing and business strategy consultant. He has created award winning marketing communications campaigns for IBM’s Software and Internet business units, launching over a dozen business initiatives within IBM, and literally hundreds of products over a ten year period.

Representative Client Matters

  • Advise clients regarding choice of entity, buy-sell, shareholder and operating agreements, tax filings and additional start-up matters for numerous new companies in the following industries: remote telemedicine, nutraceutical manufacturers, biomedical companies, software and SaaS, online reputation management, organic and natural foods, vending services, online services, electric vehicle charging station operator, gymnastics instruction, restaurant operators, construction contractors and suppliers, sleep medicine practice, renewable energy service providers, dental practice, and many others.
  • Negotiate real estate leases, commercial and residential, from landlord or tenant perspective. Indoor malls, strip malls, out-parcel development, free standing stores, commercial office space, build to suit. Have negotiated well over 100 leases.
  • File trademarks, represent clients in trademark oppositions, cancellation proceedings and litigation in federal courts and before the United States Patent & Trademark Office.
  • Draft and negotiate tower and antenna agreements, services and consulting agreements for telecom industry.
  • Draft and negotiate agreements for construction of renewable energy projects (engineering services, IP licensing and protection, architect and construction services).
  • Negotiate commercial contracts, including franchise agreements, software development, sales, services, marketing, and distribution agreements, for a wide range of industries, including broadband services provider, software company, manufacturer of wheels and axles for railroad industry, restaurant operators, valve and gauge manufacturer, brewery, medical practices, publisher, financial services provider, not-for-profits..
  • Mergers and acquisitions, stock and asset purchases, corporate mergers.
  • Drafting employment and stock option agreements.
  • Patent licensing agreements with research institutions, government entities and private companies.
  • Counsel clients regarding business strategy, business plan development, and seeking investment capital.
  • Drafting and negotiating entertainment contracts for the music business and cable television.
  • Assist clients with licensing applications and permits from state agencies (e.g. liquor licenses, qualification of minority and women owned businesses for purposes of government contracting, franchising, etc.)
  • Negotiate finance agreements, bank loans, SBA loans, PILOT (Payment in Lieu of Tax) Agreements, construction loans.
  • Dispute resolution, including commercial litigation in state and federal courts.
  • Drafting Employee Handbooks and developing personnel policies for clients. Litigation of employment disputes.
  • Our commitment to Start-ups: See the article on Mr. Van Ryn’s assistance to the student start-up business “Syracutie”.


  • Rutgers Law School (J.D., 1993)
  • Cornell University (B.A., 1982)


  • 2010, United States District Court, Northern District of New York
  • 2003, New York, 4th Department
  • 1994, New Jersey State Courts
  • 1994, United States District Court, District of New Jersey
  • 1994, New York
  • 1994, New Jersey
  • 1994, New York, 1st Department

Publications and Speaking Engagements

  • Intro to Intellectual Property, Syracuse Tech Garden Sandbox Program, June 2014.
  • Panelist & Presenter, US – China Practical IP Seminar, Sponsored by CNY International Business Alliance and Tech Bridge International, Syracuse Tech Garden, June 2014.
  • WCNY Financial Fitness – panelist, “Starting a New Business as Your Second (or Third) Act in Life” – September 2013
  • Business Insider, Overzealous Copyright Enforcement Hurts Entertainment Brands, January 2013
  • WCNY-TV “Financial Fitness” Panel member, Planning for The Life Cycle of a Business, November 2012
  • Business Contracts A to Z, NBI Seminars continuing legal education, October 30, 2012, Syracuse, NY
  • Coach, Pre-Seed Workshop, Sponsored by Excel Partners & High Tech Rochester, Syracuse Technology Garden, September 2010
  • How to Successfully Launch a New Business, Syracuse Technology Garden, SU Summer Sandbox Program, June 2010
  • Landlord-Tenant Law Update, Sterling Education Services CLE Lecture, May 2010, Syracuse, NY
  • How to Successfully Launch a New Business, Syracuse Technology Garden, SU Summer Sandbox Program, June 2009
  • Policy Proposals to Accelerate the Growth of Renewable Energy in New York, Syracuse Technology Garden, May 2009
  • Coach, Pre-Seed Workshop, Sponsored by Excel Partners & High Tech Rochester, Syracuse Technology Garden, February 2009
  • Creative Core “Green Team” Policy Recommendations to Accelerate the Growth of Renewable Energy in New York State, research paper developed for the Metropolitan Development Association and Greater Syracuse Chamber of Commerce for submission to the Office of Governor David Patterson, October 2008
  • Upstate Venture Association of New York, Roundtable Discussion, Moderator, Renewable Energy and Green Business Opportunities, Syracuse Technology Garden, September 2008
  • Panel Discussion, Practical Challenges to Sustainable Business Practices, Sustainable Business Collaboration Conference, Whitman School of Management, Syracuse University, April 2008.
  • Has Web 2.0 Changed the Way Companies Market to Their Customers?, Syracuse University, Whitman School of Management Marketing Speaker Series, February 2008, Video of Presentation.
  • How to Prosper in Your Art Business, ArtWorks 2004, Everson Museum of Art
  • An Introduction to SCORE-Counselors to America’s Small Business, Greater Syracuse Chamber of Commerce, March 2004
  • Get Connected, IBM’s Guide to the Internet, Disney Innoventions Exhibit, EPCOT Center, Orlando, FL, 1995
  • Getting Connected – A Guide to Resources and Use of the Internet, National Geographic Society, Washington, DC, 1994
  • IBM Presents A Lawyer’s Guide to the Internet, Legal Expo ’94, Washington DC, 1994.
  • Executive speech writer, marketing and media consultant to Fortune 500 technology clients for nine years, with published articles in Information Week, Wharton Business Journal, CIO magazine, Java Developers Journal and IBM Net News.

Professional Honors

  • IBM Software Group Communications Achievement Award – 1997, 1998. Developed and led marketing campaign for IBM to encourage customers to adopt Java software for corporate computing.
  • Winning Paper, ASCAP’s Nathan Burkan National Copyright Competition – 1992. Current Issues in Digital Sampling proposed the establishment of licensing standards for digital sampling in the music business.
  • Top 100 Corporate Lawyers in New York State, (ASLA 2014)

Martindale-Hubbel - Client Champion Platinum 2017
Martindale-Hubbell - Peer Reviewed

Community Activities

  • CenterState CEO Creative Core Business Plan Competition, Judge, 2009 – 2012
  • NYSERDA Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Syracuse Technology Garden, 2009 – 2011
  • Clean Tech Center for Entrepreneurship, Advisory Board Member, 2008 – present
  • Syracuse University Whitman School of Management’s Capstone Business Plan Competition, Judge 2003-2008
  • SCORE – Counselors to America’s Small Business, Syracuse, NY Chapter, Counselor 2003-2005
  • Camillus Optimists, assistant basketball coach, 2003-04

Professional Organizations

  • New York State Bar Association