Shannon H. Ratliff

Austin Shareholder

Trial & Appellate
Phone: 512-493-9601

Shannon has been a trial and appellate lawyer for more than fifty years. Shannon focuses on complex oil and gas, securities, and general commercial litigation. After law school, Shannon clerked at the United States Supreme Court for Justice Tom C. Clark and served as an assistant to Lyndon Baines Johnson in his roles as Senate majority leader, Vice President, and President. He then returned to Texas and has been trying lawsuits ever since. He has repeatedly been recognized as a Best Lawyer in America and a Texas Monthly Super Lawyer. During his career he has been the lead trial lawyer in numerous complex law suits for Fortune 50, 100 and 500 companies, including nationwide class actions, qui tam actions, and multi-district litigation. He is also an experienced appellate advocate, who is often retained as lead appellate counsel and has argued scores of cases before state and federal appellate courts. Shannon is a frequent speaker at oil and gas conferences.

Bar Admissions:
  • Texas, 1964
  • Oklahoma, 2005
  • U.S. District Courts, Eastern, Northern, Southern, and Western Districts of Texas
  • U.S. District Courts, Eastern, Northern, and Western Districts of Oklahoma
  • U.S. Courts of Appeals, 5th, 6th, 9th, 10th and 11th Circuits
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • Law Clerk to the Honorable Tom C. Clark, Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court, 1964-1965
  • University of Texas School of Law
    LL.B. with honors, 1964
    Chancellors, Order of the Coif, Editor-in-Chief, Texas Law Review
  • University of Texas at Austin
    B.A., 1961
Professional Associations & Memberships:
  • Member, State Bar of Texas
  • Member, Austin Bar Association
  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Fellow, American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Life Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation
  • Life Fellow, Austin Bar Foundation
  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America
  • Emeritus, Lloyd Lochridge American Inn of Court
Honors & Recognition:
  • Bet-the-Company Litigation Lawyer of the Year for Austin, The Best Lawyers, 2013
  • Go-To Lawyer Award for Energy Law, Texas Lawyer, 2012
  • Ronald D. Secrest Outstanding Trial Lawyer Award, Texas Bar Foundation, 2005
  • Outstanding Lifetime Achievement in Energy Litigation Award, Institute for Energy Law, 2005
  • Distinguished Lawyer Award, Austin Bar Association, 2005
  • Outstanding Alumnus Award, University of Texas Law Alumni Association, 2003
  • Distinguished Alumnus, University of Texas at Austin, 1996
  • Keeton Fellow Award, University of Texas School of Law, 2004

Midland Office

(432) 687-0011

Austin Office

(512) 493-9600