Ryal is an experienced litigator. He has handled a wide range of litigation cases in state and federal courts, many of them jury trials. Ryal has extensive construction law experience, including lien law, federal and state bond claims, and defective workmanship cases. He also has significant experience with agribusiness litigation, property owner association disputes, personal injury, and all types of real estate disputes, including title insurance claims, trespass, adverse possession, condemnation, easement rights, and wrongful timber cutting. Ryal has been rated by his peers as being "preeminent" in his fields of law.
Ryal is a frequent speaker on a variety of legal topics. Most recently, he spoke at a seminar entitled "Contemporary Topics in Water/Wastewater Construction" hosted by the North Carolina Section of the American Water Works Association (NC AWWA) and The North Carolina Member Association of the Water Environment Federation (NC WEA) in Wilmington on December 6, 2016. His presentation covered Construction Performance Bonds, which included Performance and Maintenance Bonds for Water and Wastewater Projects and Subdivision Development Bonds that ensure infrastructure in a proposed residential subdivision will be properly and completely installed.
My motto is "All for one and one for all." I believe in a team approach to problem solving and the development of successful strategies. The best thing about Ward and Smith is that we allow our attorneys to play to their strengths and make sure our clients get to the best person for the job. The Firm demands high quality legal representation and responsiveness to client inquiries and goals.
I became a lawyer because I have always enjoyed analyzing and solving problems. I am innately curious and enjoy investigating the details of any case and getting to the bottom of an issue. One surprising thing that people do not know about me is that my great grandfather, Daniel Herndon Tuttle, sat for the bar and obtained his law license in 1880. However, he decided he could not practice law and practice his religion. He became a Methodist minister and "rode the circuit," serving all over eastern North Carolina.
I love living in Wilmington and plan to stay here; however, I love the food, language, and history of France and could see myself living there and traveling extensively around Europe. My wife would say that my favorite characters in fiction are those on Seinfeld because I will watch episodes that I have seen many times before. "The tradition of Festivus begins with the airing of grievances . . ." That one is must see TV.
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