Ryan Paulsen


Education and Clerkships

J.D., University of Texas at Austin School of Law, 2007, with high honors; Order of the Coif

B.S., Brigham Young University, 2003, magna cum laude

  • Justice Don R. Willett, Supreme Court of Texas (2007-2008)



Court Admissions

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas




While clerking at the Supreme Court of Texas, Ryan Paulsen gained an appreciation for excellent appellate advocacy, learning by observation how to craft written arguments that resonate with judges and advocate for clients in the give-and-take of oral argument. Ryan now applies that experience to successfully represent his clients in both state and federal court.

Specifically, Ryan has worked on appeals that overturned a liquidated damages judgment at the Texas Supreme Court, reversed an employment discrimination judgment at the Dallas Court of Appeals, and affirmed a favorable summary judgment ruling at the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. Ryan has also assisted successful trial teams, including obtaining a unanimous jury verdict and associated judgment vindicating the client’s rights in sensitive trade secrets.

Ryan also values opportunities to apply his skills to benefit the community. Working pro bono, Ryan helped one client overturn an order of dismissal on appeal to the Fifth Circuit and enabled another client and his family to obtain refuge from political oppression in their home country of Ethiopia. Ryan also serves actively in his local congregation.

Professional Recognition

  • Selected for inclusion in Texas Super Lawyers Rising Stars, Thomson Reuters, 2016-2017.

Professional and Community Activities

  • State Bar of Texas, Appellate Section
  • Dallas Bar Association, Appellate Practice Section
  • J. Reuben Clark Law Society


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Haynes and Boone Represents Trinity Industries in Landmark Victory

Haynes and Boone Partners Jeremy Kernodle, Nina Cortell and Anne Johnson, Counsel Ryan Paulsen and Associates Nicole Somerville and Andrew Guthrie were part of a multi-firm appellate team that helped overturn a $663 million judgment against client Trinity Industries under the False Claims Act.

Rising Stars

Super Lawyers

Haynes and Boone Lawyers Featured in Texas Rising Stars 2017

Haynes and Boone lawyers once again maintained a strong showing in the recently released Texas Super Lawyers Rising Stars directory, with 41 lawyers selected for inclusion in the 2017 edition.


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Haynes and Boone Scores Appellate Win for D Magazine

A Dallas appellate court has rejected a defamation suit by Jose Reyes, a high-profile former Dallas Symphony Orchestra volunteer who sued D Magazine over its coverage of the symphony’s decision in 2013 to terminate its affiliation with Reyes.

Selected Publications and Speeches

  • "Plain Text Interpretation: Theory and Practice in the Texas Courts," co-author with Andrew Guthrie, The Advocate, Volume 71, Summer 2015.
  • "Mandamus: The Hurdles to Relief," co-author with Karen Precella, State Bar of Texas Civil Appellate Practice 101, September 5, 2012.
  • "United States Supreme Court Update," The Appellate Advocate, Vol. 22, No. 3, Spring 2010 ­– Present
  • "Mohawk: Limited Interlocutory Review of Federal Court Orders to Disclose Potentially Privileged Attorney-Client Information," Karen Precella and Ryan Paulsen,The Appellate Advocate, Vol. 22, No. 4, Summer 2010.

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