Ryan Pitts represents clients in complex litigation matters, focusing on appellate advocacy. He began his legal career with clerkships at the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit and the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas. Ryan draws on these experiences to advocate for his clients using the clear, concise, and well-reasoned arguments that judges find persuasive, whether at critical trial moments or on appeal.

During law school, Ryan earned both a JD and a Master of Laws in International and Comparative law, while also serving as an editor of the Duke Law Journal. From his study of the world’s legal systems, Ryan knows how to approach his clients’ legal problems from different, and often unexplored, angles.

Ryan was selected as a member of the Houston Young Lawyers Association’s Leadership Academy for 2018–2019. He currently serves on the Houston Young Lawyer’s Association’s Board of Directors. He is also a member of the Federal Bar Association, Houston Bar Association, and Texas Supreme Court Historical Society.

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Professional Affiliations and Engagements
  • Houston Young Lawyers Foundation, Fellow, Class 2020
  • Houston Young Lawyers Association, Board of Directors, 2020-2021
  • Houston Young Lawyers Association, Leadership Academy, 2018–2019
Publications and Speaking Engagements
Qualifications

Education

J.D., Duke University School of Law, 2017, cum laude; Editorial Board, Duke Law Journal

B.A., University of Kentucky, 2014, summa cum laude

Clerkships

Law Clerk to the Honorable Lee H. Rosenthal, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas, August 2018 - August 2019

Law Clerk to the Honorable Gerald B. Tjoflat, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, August 2017 - August 2018

Admissions

Texas

Court Admissions

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

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

Representative Matters
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Travis Cnty. Cent. Appraisal Dist. v. Tex. Disposal Sys. Landfill, Inc., No. 03-20-00122-CV, 2022 WL 2236109 (Tex. App.—Austin June 22, 2022, no pet. h.).

Persuaded the Austin Court of Appeals to reverse the trial court’s orders dismissing Travis Central Appraisal District’s lawsuit on pleas to the jurisdiction. As a result, TCAD may proceed with its challenge to the Appraisal Review Board’s $20 million reduction to TCAD’s appraisal of a major commerc [...]

In re ExxonMobil Corporation, No. 20-0849, 2021 WL 5406052 (Tex. Nov. 19, 2021)

Persuaded the Texas Supreme Court to grant mandamus relief enabling the client to obtain discovery from third-party medical providers regarding amounts and rates paid or incurred by patients who were similarly-situated to plaintiffs. This discovery was sought in connection with client's defense agai [...]

Perry v. Christian, 2021 WL 1748483, No. 20-20277 (5th Cir. May 3, 2021) (per curiam)

Convinced the Fifth Circuit to affirm the district court's dismissal of a complaint, which made broad allegations regarding acreage and mineral rights, for failure to state a claim. 

AIG Europe, Ltd. v. Caterpillar Inc., 831 F. App'x 111 (5th Cir. 2020)

Persuaded Fifth Circuit to affirm a take-nothing summary judgment in favor of fracking engine manufacturer in products liability action seeking $15 million in damages arising from fire at a wellsite.

Publication
Ryan Pitts in Houston Bar Association’s Appellate Lawyer: ‘The Timing of Record Supplements on Appea [...]
May 02, 2022

Ryan Pitts, an associate in Haynes Boone’s Appellate Practice, authored an article in Appellate Lawyer. Read an excerpt below. The record provides the raw material of an appeal; it is the closed universe in which appellate practitioners work. The Texas courts of appeal, after all, do not consider matters outside the record on appeal. That’s old hat. The record is important, critically so. And, s [...]