Ryan J. Vescio Esq.
University of South Carolina
Ryan J. Vescio (Founders Society) initiated into Tau Kappa Epsilon in December 1998 at the Rho-Omega (University of South Carolina). In Spring 1999 he transferred to the University of Central Florida where he served as Prytanis, Rush Chairman and Hegemon for the Xi-Iota chapter and on the Collegiate Advisory Committee. Ryan was appointed to the Alumni Volunteer Academy Advisory Board in 2002. In 2003, he became a member of the TKE 2010 Task Force, was Province Advisor for the Apollo Province and served as Grand Province Advisor the following year. He served on the Grand Court as Chief Grand Justice from 2008 to 2011 and Grand Justice from 2011 to 2013. He was appointed as the Judiciary Committee Chairman in 2011 and served in that role until he was elected Grand Pylortes at the 2015 Conclave in New Orleans. A Life Loyal Teke, Ryan was a recipient of the Key Leader Award in 2003. He is a member of the TEF Knights of Strength.
Ryan received his Bachelor of Science in Political Science from the University of Central Florida in 2002, and his Juris Doctorate from Nova Southeastern University in 2005. In law school, Ryan was a member of the Nova Law Review, served as Chief Prosecutor of the law school’s Honor Court and received the school’s highest pro bono award for his volunteer law work.
After graduating law school, Frater Vescio was an Assistant State Attorney in the Homicide Unit of the Florida Office of the State Attorney for the Ninth Judicial Circuit. During his 14 year career there, he has handled all types of criminal prosecutions. He was one of the first ever Florida prosecutors to handle cases involving human trafficking, worked in the office’s political corruption unit for over six years and for more than ten years has handled homicide cases, including death penalty trials and appeal issues. In 2019, Frater Vescio left the public sector and now works as a civil litigation attorney for the law firm of Shuffield, Lowman & Wilson, P.A. in Orlando. His practice includes the representation of clients in guardianship and probate matters, commercial litigation clients, and the victims of crime.
Frater Vescio is licensed to practice law in both Florida and Ohio. He was awarded the MADD Prosecutor of the Year for the State of Florida in 2007; received a Certificate of Commendation from the Orange County Sheriff’s Office in 2010 for prosecuting the largest child pornography case ever in Central Florida; and the Polaris Star Award from Florida Abolitionists in 2012 for his work in prosecuting cases involving human trafficking. Ryan’s civic involvement includes serving as a Director on the University of Central Florida Alumni Association, the Florida Bar’s Criminal Law Section Executive Council and a member of the Greater Orlando Human Trafficking Task Force.
In his spare time, Ryan enjoys spending time with his wife Heather and their children, golf and UCF football games. Frater Vescio has previously served as Chairman of the Grand Council Finance Committee, and currently chairs both the TKE Risk Committee and the Fraternity’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee.