Ryan D. Ellis is a trial attorney who represents individuals and businesses in high-stakes civil litigation matters. Named a “Lawyer on the Rise” by Texas Lawyer magazine in 2017, Ryan focuses his practice on business disputes—such as fraud claims, contractual disputes, trade secret theft, business torts, and employment disputes—as well as on product defect and catastrophic personal injury matters.
Individuals and companies of all sizes and across a wide range of industries have relied on Mr. Ellis to represent and advise them throughout all stages of litigation in both state and federal court, as well as in private arbitration.
Mr. Ellis graduated from the University of Texas School of Law. He is an associate at Howry, Breen & Herman, LLP in Austin, Texas. He currently serves on the board of directors of the Hays County Bar Association, and is an active volunteer with the Volunteer Legal Services of Central Texas.
First Admitted: 2013, Texas
Professional Webpage: https://www.lanierlawfirm.com/attorneys/ryan-ellis/
- B.A., B.S. with Highest Honors - The University of Texas at Austin; Phi Beta Kappa, 2010
- On April 4, 2011 the Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) promulgated a new policy mandating that all colleges and universities that receive federal funding use the "preponderance of the evidence" standard of evidence when adjudicating claims of sexual harassment and assault in their internal disciplinary procedures. The new policy--which OCR did not first subject to the 30 day notice-and-comment period required under the Administrative Procedure Act--ignited a firestorm among academics and policy advocates from across the political spectrum. These commentators worried that mandating the judiciary's lowest standard of proof for all sexual harassment and assault cases imperiled the due process rights of students and faculty, because schools vary widely in the quality of their disciplinary proceedings. This Note evaluates these claims by examining the decline of educational autonomy at American colleges and universities; explaining the legal justification for the property interest found in one's collge education; and analyzing the threat posed to that proprety interest and to student due process by the OCR mandate. Finally, the Note identifies a realistic accommodation OCR could make which would help identify alternative policies that address the issues of sexual harassment and assault on college campuses without jeopardizing the due process and proprety rights of students and faculty., Author, Mandating Injustice: The Preponderance of the Evidence Mandate Creates a New Threat to Due Process on Campus, The Review of Litigation, 2013
- Texas Lawyer editors named Mr. Ellis one of 25 “Lawyers on the Rise” for 2017 after reviewing more than 100 nominations of attorneys age 40 and under “who have established a record of accomplishments and demonstrated that they are top contributors to the practice of law and their communities.”, "Lawyer on the Rise", Texas Lawyer Magazine, 2017
- Best Lawyers in America, 2024, Best Lawyers
- Texas Super Lawyers as a “Rising Star” in 2020-2023, Super Lawyers
- Lawdragon's List of X - The Next Generation of 500 Leading Lawyers in America - Commercial Litigation, Lawdragon
- Top 40 Under 40 by The National Trial Lawyers, 2018 and 2022, Top 40 Under 40, The National Trial Lawyers
- Rodeo Austin Calf Scramble Committee Member. The Rodeo Austin Calf Scramble Committee raises scholarships for Texas high school students., 2019
- Volunteer Legal Services of Central Texas (pro bono volunteer), 2020
- Volunteer Legal Services of Central Texas (pro bono volunteer), 2019
- Rodeo Austin Calf Scramble Committee Member. The Rodeo Austin Calf Scramble Committee raises scholarships for Texas high school students., 2018
- Member of Hays County Bar Association Board of Directors, 2019
- Member of Austin Bar Association/AYLA’s 2019 Leadership Academy, 2019
- Austin Bar Association(member), 2019
- Rising Stars: 2020 - 2024