Growing up within the strong community of South Lafourche, Ryan chose to pursue and invest his education and work in Lafourche Parish. After graduating from South Lafourche High School (2009), Ryan attended Nicholls State University and attained a Bachelor's Degree in History (2014). Accepted into Loyola University's School of Law, Ryan earned his Juris Doctorate in 2017. During his time at Loyola, Ryan secured an externship clerking for Louisiana Supreme Court Justice John L. Weimer.
After graduation, Ryan clerked for Judge F. Hugh Larose in the 17th Judicial District Court for a year, then returned home to join his father at the Law Office of Ray A. Collins. Ryan specializes in personal injury, real estate, estate planning, contracts, family law, criminal law and corporate law.
Building on his legal work, Ryan developed related experience as a graduate of the 2019 Class of Leadership Lafourche and an active volunteer in Lafourche Parish. He serves as an associate attorney for the South Lafourche Levee District and South Lafourche Bank.