John Ryder has represented clients in numerous cases involving election contests and redistricting matters. He presently serves as general counsel of the Republican National Committee and as litigation counsel for the Shelby County, Tennessee, Election Commission. He is also vice president of the Republican National Lawyers Association. In addition to election law, his private legal practice also focuses on bankruptcy, workouts and commercial litigation. Before entering private practice at Harrison Shelton Hanover Walsh, he served as a delinquent tax attorney for Shelby County. At Vanderbilt, he teaches Campaign Finance and Elections.