Appeals, Motions, & Litigation
Board certified in Texas civil appellate law, Ryan Clinton has eighteen years of experience handling a wide variety of appeals and original proceedings in Texas and federal appellate courts. Ryan is a former Texas Assistant Solicitor General and a partner in Davis, Gerald & Cremer's Austin office.
Ryan has successfully handled dozens of appeals and original appellate proceedings and has delivered more than two dozen oral arguments including five in the Texas Supreme Court alone. He has handled many high-profile and high-impact cases, such as the successful representation of an energy company seeking to vacate a $125,000,000.00 arbitration award, an international oil-and-gas producer in a precedent-setting gas-royalties dispute, Texas A&M University in litigation arising from the tragic collapse of the Texas Aggie Bonfire, a Texas Court of Appeals in litigation filed by a then-sitting appellate justice over opinion authorship, and the Texas Attorney General in a suit filed by a Texas school district over the release of public bonds. Ryan's experience includes handling oil-and-gas appeals, contract appeals, intellectual property appeals, government-law appeals, tax appeals, personal injury appeals, and employment appeals.
Ryan is often brought into work on a case early on by a trial lawyer who wants to craft legal strategies and preserve error during and after a trial. Ryan also handles appeals, both small and large, brought to him by someone within or outside his firm or referred to him by another law firm. Of course, he is also frequently hired directly by a client or general counsel. Ryan also frequently writes motions for summary judgment and post-judgment motions in trial courts.
In March 2013, Ryan was recognized as one of Texas’s top 25 "legal leaders" under 40 by Texas Lawyer magazine (back when he met the age requirement). He has also four times been named one of Texas's best appellate attorneys (and ten times been named one of Texas’s best appellate attorneys under 40) by Texas Super Lawyers, a Thompson Reuters service, as published in Texas Monthly magazine. And in 2010, he was named a finalist for Austin Under 40’s young professional of the year award. Ryan has also delivered speeches on a variety of legal topics, including oil-and-gas litigation, governmental entity disputes, the Texas Tort Claims Act, and representing clients before the Texas Supreme Court.