Ryan P. Rivera

Practice Areas
  • Commercial Development & Leasing

Ryan Rivera is a seasoned commercial real estate lawyer, adept at handling a wide range of acquisition, disposition, development and lease transactions. He represents both local and national firms and retailers who have projects located throughout the United States.

Representative Experience

  • Clients include developers, landlords, tenants and retailers
  • Lease transactions for all categories of CRE: retail, office, industrial, ground, mixed-use and multifamily housing
  • Handles acquisitions, disposition, development and lease transactions
  • Represented developers in leasing of numerous power centers, lifestyle and mixed-use projects in major markets, including Chicago, Miami, Dallas and Orlando
  • Represented lease transactions for national retailers ranging from small shop tenants to junior anchor and big box retailers
  • Represented a national restaurant chain in the acquisition, disposition and leasing of multiple locations nationwide
  • Represented national operators for headquarter office space leasing


  • Emory University School of Law, J.D., 2004
  • University of Iowa, B.B.A Accounting, 2001
  • Licensed to work nationally

Industry Engagement

  • Member of International Council of Shopping Centers and State Bar of Georgia
  • ICSC Committee Memberships: Southeastern Conference and Deal Making Planning Committee (2020, 2013-15); PAC Board Member (2019-2020); Next Generation Southern Division Chair (2019-2020); Next Generation Planning Committee (2012-2015; Co-Chair 2015; Atlanta Chair 2016-17); Next Generation Board (Member at Large for Southeastern Division, 2018); Georgia Sponsorship Committee (2013-15); Southeast Retail Connection Committee (2013)
  • Speaker: ICSC U.S. Shopping Center Law Conference (2016-2020); ICSC Next Generation Panel (2012); Emory Law Real Estate Practice Programs Panelist (2010); Internet Sales and Prohibited Uses (2018)


  • Quoted in Atlanta Journal Constitution; Shopping Centers Today; Bloomberg; The Real Deal; National Real Estate Developer; Long Short Report; Crain’s Chicago Business; Daily Business Review’ Independent.IE
  • Author of “Homestead Exemptions and their Effect on Federal Bankruptcy Laws,” 39 Real Prop. Prob. & Tr. J. 71 (2004)
  • Co-author, “The Bankrupt Tenant: Creative Solutions for Preserving the Tenant Mix,” Retail Law Strategist (2005)
  • Discussed negotiating leases on The Commercial Real Estate Show

Fun Stuff

Ryan is the author of two children’s books, I is for Iowa, about the University of Iowa, and A is for Atlanta, about the city of Atlanta. In his free time, he runs marathons, coaches youth basketball and baseball, and cheers on his alma mater, the Iowa Hawkeyes.

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