Ryan H. Segall

Top rated Family Law attorney in Dallas, Texas

Walters Gilbreath, PLLC
Ryan H. Segall
Walters Gilbreath, PLLC

Practice Areas: Family Law

Licensed in Texas since: 2014

Education: Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law

Selected to Rising Stars: 2018 - 2024
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Walters Gilbreath, PLLC

3811 Turtle Creek Blvd
Suite 1000
Dallas, TX 75219 Phone: 469-250-0447 Email: Ryan H. Segall Visit website


For the tumultuous times in one’s life, Ryan provides emotional stability and commitment, ensuring that each individual receives the personal attention they deserve. Ryan listens to his client’s wishes and fights for the desired results. He meticulously examines each angle of his cases, carefully tailoring the optimal strategy to attain the proper goals.

Ryan represents clients in a variety of family law cases including divorces, annulments, child custody suits, terminations, and adoptions. His courtroom experience in numerous counties throughout Texas ranges from final trials and temporary orders hearings to writs of habeas corpus and motions for new trial.

Ryan has tried multiple jury trials in his career, ranging in issues from fraud to fault-based grounds for divorce to child custody cases.

As a graduate of Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, Ryan honed his advocacy skills throughout school. He learned his way around the courtroom as an intern for the Collin County District Attorney’s Office, using this experience to represent SMU at numerous national mock trial competitions. His achievements in both mock trial and moot court tournaments earned him an induction into the prestigious Order of Barristers, a national honor given to the top ten advocates in each law school’s graduating class.

Prior to law school, Ryan worked as a licensed financial advisor after receiving his undergraduate degree from the University of Texas at Austin. In his free time, Ryan is an avid sports fan who plays hockey and sand volleyball.

First Admitted: 2014, Texas

Professional Webpage: https://www.waltersgilbreath.com/meet-our-team/attorneys/rya...

Educational Background:
  • Juris Doctor, Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, 2014
  • Bachelor of Journalism, University of Texas at Austin, 2005
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • With Obergefell v. Hodges requiring all states to recognize same-sex marriages, Texas courts must determine when each marriage began. This article examines specific case law to determine whether Courts will apply the Obergefell decision retroactively or prospectively., Author, Back to the Future: Will Texas Courts Apply Obergefell Retroactively?, Dallas Bar Headnotes, 2015
  • Discussion on case strategy and tips for representing fathers in custody cases. The webinar was approved for 2.0 hours of CLE credit + .5 ethics credit., Speaker, Custody for Dads, Facebook, Attorneys, Family Law, Custody, Divorce, 2019
  • Spoke to a group of about 25 individuals on topics including navigating OCI, finding a job, selecting a practice area, law school course selection, time management, and networking., Panelist, Young Attorney Panel, Dallas Association of Young Lawyers, 2016
  • Spoke at an attorney conference in Austin, Texas, explaining various strategies for handling time-limited hearings., Speaker, Strategies for Time Limited Hearings, Lawyer Forward Conference, Attorneys, 2017
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Dallas Association of Young Lawyers Leadership Class, 2017
  • Annette Stewart Inn of Court- Member, 2022
  • Texas Bar College, 2020
  • Dallas Bar Association- Family Law Section, 2019
  • Dallas Association of Young Lawyers, 2018
  • Dallas Association of Young Lawyers, 2016
  • Dallas Bar Association- Family Law Section, 2014
  • Dallas Bar Association, Trial Skills Section, 2016
  • Dallas Association of Young Lawyers, 2015
  • American Bar Association Family Law Section, 2014
  • Dallas Bar Association, Family Law Section, 2016
  • Dallas Association of Young Lawyers, 2014
  • Collin County Young Lawyers Association, 2014
  • Dallas Bar Association- Family Law Section, 2015
  • This presentation will discuss the ins and outs of dealing with complex property issues in a Texas Divorce proceeding, particularly for spouses who own a small business. We will address the issues faced by the Court for property division involving a small business. Not only does the divorce attorney have to deal with routine identification and valuation of the marital assets, including the small business, but often the attorney must address operational issues for the business going forward. We will discuss issues such as the effect of the type of entity on the division of property, as well as valuation methods and intangible goodwill. Going further, some spouses operate their small business together during the marriage, each performing essential tasks to the success of the entity. Operating the business after the divorce can present unique problems that require creative solutions. Introduction Session 1: Beginning the Process – how to operate during divorce (0.50) Preparation for divorce; things to do before you file; maintaining confidentiality; TROs and Standing Orders; maintaining value; dealing with the spouse/employee; disturbing the peace of the business; when can a business be sued in the divorce; ethical advice; risk of receiverships; discovery issues and trade secrets. Presenters: Michelle May O’Neil, Jere Hight, Ryan Segal, and Robert Bailes, CPA Session 2: What is the asset? How does it get divided? (0.50) Types of entities; characterization as separate or community property; salary versus distributions; entity theory of assets; division of entities. Presenters: Michelle May O’Neil, Jere Hight, Ryan Segal, and Robert Bailes, CPA Session 3: Valuation issues (0.50) Valuation methods; asset approach versus income approach; enterprise goodwill versus personal goodwill; discounts; retained earnings; expert testimony; what will the expert need; reading the report; how to pick apart a report; how articles of incorporation and bylaws can affect value. Presenters: Michelle May O’Neil, Jere Hight, Ryan Segal, and Robert Bailes, CPA   Session 4: Post-divorce Issues – Moving forward (0.50) Complex issues post-divorce regarding co-owned entities; ongoing operating agreements; securing pay-off judgments; withdrawal of member of entity; ongoing confidentiality issues. Presenters: Michelle May O’Neil, Jere Hight, Ryan Segall, and Robert Bailes, CPA, Divorcing the Entrepreneur Business Owner, Business Law, Family Law, 2019
Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • Board Certified in Family Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 2020
Verdicts/Settlements (Case Results):
  • Negotiated joint managing conservatorship in middle of a jury trial for a client in which the opposing side was attempting to terminate my client's parental rights.  , 2020
  • Obtained a ruling of a 70% disproportionate split of community property in favor of my client, with a cruelty finding against the opposing party., 2022
  • Negotiated settlement for marital estate worth over $8 million., 2020
  • Won a jury trial for the exclusive right to designate the primary residence of a eight-year-old child for client. Originally the parties had split possession 50/50, which was continued at temporary orders. After the jury verdict, opposing party was given a possession schedule in which they were ordered to submit to alcohol testing four times per day. , 2019
  • Represented a Father in a divorce in which the Mother accused Father of sexual abuse of their child. After originally being placed on supervised visits and possessory conservatorship, Father appealed to the district judge and obtained a standard possession order and joint managing conservatorship. Approximately four months later, Father's motion for enforcement/modification of temporary orders resulted in an award of attorney's fees along with Father being awarded sole managing conservator with Mother being placed on supervised visitation. Father negotiated a result of Father being named permanent sole managing conservator of the child and receiving guideline child support from Mother., 2018
  • Won a jury trial (sitting second chair) for primary custody of a child for a mother who had not had primary custody of the child for over a year prior to final trial., 2017
  • Obtained a ruling at a bench trial that successfully modified a final order by adding a geographic restriction of a child's residence to Collin County, Texas and contiguous counties, where the prior divorce decree had no restriction., 2018
  • Won a jury trial for primary custody of a child for an out-of-state father in a case involving Child Protective Services., 2017
  • Won jury trial regarding issues of fault in the marriage as well as accusations of fraud (both actual and constructive). The jury made a finding of adultery against the opposing party (Wife). The jury also found that Mr. Segall's client, the husband, did not commit actual faud and found that monetary transfers of roughly $100,000 made by the husband were fair, thus exonerating Mr. Segall's client of any wrongdoing, 2018
  • Negotiated settlement of marital estate in excess of $2 million, 2016
  • Negotiated settlement of estate in excess of $10 million, 2017
  • Awarded to lawyers who have been in private practice for 5-9 years., Ones to Watch, Best Lawyers, 2021
  • , One to Watch, Best Lawyers in America, 2022
  • The National Order of Barristers is an award given to the top ten advocates from each law school., Member, National Order of Barristers, 2014
  • You are awarded the AVVO Clients' Choice badge if you receive five or more 4+ star reviews in a calendar year., Client's Choice Award, AVVO, 2016
Industry Groups:
  • Family Law

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3811 Turtle Creek Blvd
Suite 1000
Dallas, TX 75219


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