Austin, Texas appellate attorney Ryan Clinton is a former Texas Assistant Solicitor General who has successfully handled dozens of appeals and original appellate proceedings in state and federal courts and has delivered more than two dozen oral arguments---including seven in the Texas Supreme Court. Ryan has established a reputation for handling high-profile and high-impact cases, such as the successful representation of an energy company seeking to vacate a $125,000,000.00 arbitration award in the Texas Supreme Court, two oil-and-gas producers in a pair of retained-acreage-clause cases in the Texas Supreme Court, an international oil-and-gas producer in a precedent-setting gas-royalties dispute in a Texas court of appeals, Texas A&M University in litigation arising from the tragic "Aggie Bonfire" collapse in state and federal appellate courts, a Texas Court of Appeals in litigation filed by a then-sitting appellate justice over opinion authorship, and the Texas Attorney General in a suit filed by a Texas school district over the release of public bonds.
In 2013, Ryan was recognized as one of Texas’s top 25 "legal leaders" under 40 by Texas Lawyer (back when he met the age requirement). He has also seven times been named one of Texas's best appellate attorneys (and ten times been named one of Texas’s best appellate attorneys under 40) by Texas Super Lawyers, a Thompson Reuters service. And in 2010, he was named a finalist for Austin Under 40’s young professional of the year award. Ryan has also delivered speeches on a variety of legal topics, including oil-and-gas litigation, governmental entity disputes, the Texas Tort Claims Act, and representing clients before the Texas Supreme Court. His wide appellate experience includes handling oil-and-gas appeals, personal injury appeals, employment appeals, intellectual property appeals, government and constitutional appeals, and breach of contract appeals.
Ryan has successfully represented clients in the Texas Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, many Texas intermediate courts, and the United States Supreme Court. He is also Board Certified in Civil Appellate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Ryan received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Virginia School of Law in 2000, graduating in the top 10 percent of his class with Order of the Coif honors. He received his undergraduate degree from Duke University in 1997, where he graduated with cum laude honors in both Political Science and Public Policy Studies.
Ryan has also been honored for his charitable endeavors. He is a nationally recognized advocate for companion animals, receiving the No Kill Advocacy Center’s Henry Bergh Leadership Award in 2009 for his work to improve animal shelters in Central Texas and across the United States. Ryan and his wife Sarah frequently volunteer at the Austin animal shelter Austin Pets Alive, for which Ryan has also served as pro bono legal counsel. Ryan was raised in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and moved to Texas following law school in 2000. Ryan, Sarah, and their three children live in Austin’s Rollingwood neighborhood.
- Texas, 2000
- U. S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit
- U.S. Supreme Court
- University of Virginia School of Law
Order of the Coif
- Duke University
Professional Associations and Memberships:
- Board Certified in Civil Appellate Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization
- Member, State Bar of Texas Appellate Section
- Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation
- Member, Texas Bar College
- Member, State Bar of Texas
- Member, Austin Bar Association
- Member, Austin Bar Association Civil Appellate Section
- Former Member, Robert W. Calvert American Inn of Court
Honors and Recognition:
- Austin Under 40 Finalist: 2009
- AV Preeminent Rating with High Ethical Standing, Martindale-Hubbell
- Best Lawyers in America, Best Lawyers: 2020
- Best Lawyers in Austin, Austin Monthly: 2020
- Texas Lawyer Top 25 Lawyers Under 40: 2013
- Texas Super Lawyer: 2014-20
- Texas Super Lawyer “Rising Star”: 2004-05, 2007-14
- Top Ranked Lawyers in America, American Lawyer: 2020