Readers’ Choice Award, “Top 3 Attorneys in Plano,” Plano Star Courier
Recipient of D Magazine’s “Top Lawyers Under 40” Award
John Marshall Law School Moot Court Competition in Information Technology and Privacy Law - Top Team and Best Brief
South Texas College of Law Dean's Honor List
J.D., South Texas College of Law (2005); South Texas Law Review
B.A., Texas Christian University (2000)
Bar and Court Admissions
U.S. District Courts for the Eastern, Western, Northern and Southern Districts of Texas
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
Ryan is a partner in the firm's Texas office. Acting as General Counsel for a national surety, he understands the ins and outs of surety and construction law and that the definition of a victory is unique to each new matter.
His involvement in the early stages of the bonding process—from negotiating bond forms with obligees to drafting indemnity agreements—provides Ryan with the opportunity to counsel his clients throughout the life cycle of a dispute. Doing so pays dividends for his clients as these complex disputes often require collaborative, creative solutions.
Ryan's practice focuses on the resolution of these complex construction claims with an emphasis on both creativity and efficiency. Additionally, he has assisted in a diverse range of matters from lease disputes to multi-state class action defense. When not practicing law,he still makes time for speaking engagements with the National Bond Claims Association and authoring articles about the pitfalls and best practices of discovery.
Good from Afar, But Far from Good, Court’s Pleading Requirements Call for Specificity, Not Mere Conclusions, TEXAS LITIGATION LAW (March 2012)
It Takes Two to Tango: With Texas E -Discovery, the Request is as Important as the Response, TEXAS LITIGATION LAW (July 2011)
Assisted in preparation of The Liability of the Performance Bond Surety for Damages (Under Contract of Suretyship), in THE LAW OF PERFORMANCE BONDS 431 (Lawrence R. Moelmann et al. eds., 2d ed., Am. Bar. Ass’n 2009)
Events & Speaking Engagements
Presenter, “Spanning the Country to Bring You the Constant Variety of Suretyship”, National Bond Claims Association, (November 2014)
Presenter,“E-Discovery: The Pitfalls and Best Practices,” 27th Annual Wills and Probate Institute (September 20-21, 2012)
Presenter,“Case Law Update,” National Bond Claims Association, (October 2011)
Professional and Civic Activities
Curt B. Henderson Inn of Court, Barrister Level & Founding Member (2011 – Present)
Leadership Plano Executive Board (2010 – 2014)
Collin County Parks Foundation Advisory Board (Governmental Appointment), Board Chair (2006 – 2013)
Rotary International, Youth Leadership Awards Program, Community Liaison (1995 – 2008)
General Counsel for Contractor Managing General Insurance Agency, Inc.
Representation of national surety companies in obtaining contract proceeds, handling performance bond claims, and enforcing rights against Indemnitors
Drafted and argued successful multiple Applications for Injunctive Relief, resulting in complete exoneration of sureties, including all attorneys’ fees awarded and collected
Drafted and argued successful Motion for Summary Judgment on a breach of contract claim, resulting in $30 million award for client
Prosecution and defense of complex commercial business disputes including those involving breach of contract, fraud, anti-trust, construction law, and class action defense.