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 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.

Selected Publications and Speeches

  • "Fifth Circuit Update," co-author, The Appellate Advocate, State Bar of Texas Appellate Section, Winter 2021.
  • “Midstream Gas Gathering and Processing Agreements in Bankruptcy – A Hot Topic,” presenter, Haynes and Boone, LLP’s Oil Crash Course, October 14, 2020.
  • “Fifth Circuit Update,” co-author, The Appellate Advocate, State Bar of Texas Appellate Section, 2020–present.
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Professional Affiliations and Engagements
  • Houston Young Lawyers Foundation, Fellow, Class 2020
  • Houston Young Lawyers Association, Board of Directors, 2020-present
  • Houston Young Lawyers Association, Leadership Academy, 2018–2019
Qualifications

Education

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

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

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

Publication
Ryan Pitts Authors Houston Lawyer Article About Fiduciary Duties of LLCs
August, 25 2021

The rule in Texas has long been that general partners and corporate officers and directors owe fiduciary duties to look after the interests of the legal entity that they represent. But what of limited liability companies in Texas? Do their managers and members owe similar duties of loyalty, care, and good faith? And should they? In what may come as a surprise, these questions have persisted withou [...]