Ryan was raised in Houston and attended Baylor University in Waco, Texas. He graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Environmental Studies. Ryan studied at the University of Houston Law Center where he obtained his Juris Doctorate degree.
While at the University of Houston Law Center, Ryan clerked for the 1st Court of Appeals in Houston, Texas. He also clerked for the Honorable Judge Cara Wood in Montgomery County, Texas. During his second and third year of law school, he worked at a prominent insurance defense firm. Ryan served as a Senior Articles Editor of the nationally ranked Houston Journal of International Law. He authored an award winning comment which was later published by the journal. Ryan also competed in multiple mock trial and moot court competitions hosted by University of Houston.
Ryan currently handles all aspects of civil litigation at the Buzbee Law firm, including personal injury, wrongful death, eighteen wheeler accidents, commercial litigation disputes, refinery explosions, hydrogen sulfide exposure and death, commercial vehicle accidents, gross negligence employer actions and maritime cases. Ryan received the honorable distinction of a Super Lawyers’ Texas Rising Star for 2018. This distinction is received by less than 2.5% of the attorneys in Texas. The Super Lawyers’ rigid selection process involves multiple steps of independent research, peer review and nominations by other lawyers to produce a list of outstanding attorneys.
During his tenure at the Buzbee Law Firm, Ryan has worked on multiple trial teams resulting in multi-million dollar verdicts for the firm’s clients. Ryan served as third chair alongside the firm’s managing partner, Tony Buzbee, on a landmark $159 million verdict workplace injury case. Verdict Search and the National Law Journal recognized the verdict as the #4 highest in the entire United States for 2015. Other cases Ryan has served on include a commercial litigation case resulting in a $54 million verdict, a commercial litigation case resulting in a $29.8 million verdict, and an insurance dispute resulting in a $10.8 million verdict. In total, Ryan has served as second and third chair on five nationally recognized Top 100 verdicts in the United States in less than three years.
Most notable is Ryan’s work as second-chair on a Jones Act Maritime dispute involving the death of a seaman. Ryan, along with Tony Buzbee, Andrew Dao and Chris Leavitt successfully proved a brown-recluse spider bite caused a MRSA infection which led to liver failure and ultimately the death of the seaman. The jury returned a $42 million verdict which ranked #46 in the United States.
Ryan has also done a significant amount of appellate work while working at the Buzbee Law Firm. Ryan briefed and argued before the 5th Court of Appeals in Dallas in MBC Engineers et al. v. Yanez et al. Following oral argument, the 5th Court of Appeals ruled in favor of Ryan’s clients. The case is currently before the Texas Supreme Court. Ryan continues to provide briefing in other matters currently on appeal at the Buzbee Law Firm.
Outside of work, Ryan is active in many organizations and clubs. He is an avid car fan and enjoys participating in non-profit charitable road racing events at race tracks throughout Texas. Ryan also enjoys taking his two dogs, Lucky and Piper, on trips to Texas state parks.
Ryan is licensed in Texas and is admitted to practice in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas.