Ryan D. Ellis joined The Lanier Law Firm in 2013 as an associate in the Commercial Litigation section. He represents clients in a variety of civil litigation matters, including complex business disputes and product liability actions.
Born and raised in Houston, Texas, Ryan attended the University of Texas at Austin, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and graduated with Highest Honors in 2010. He earned his law degree at the University of Texas School of Law in 2013.
While in law school, Ryan was a member of the Texas Review of Law & Politics, serving as Executive Editor. Ryan’s student note, “Mandating Injustice: The Preponderance of the Evidence Mandate Creates a New Threat to Due Process on Campus,” was published in the Winter 2013 edition of The Review of Litigation. Ryan was also an intramural mock trial champion and a member of the UT Interscholastic Mock Trial Team.
Ryan clerked for the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (“FIRE”) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania during the summer of 2011. There, Ryan fought to protect the due process rights and First Amendment speech and religious liberties of students and faculty at our nation’s college campuses. Ryan further augmented his legal education by serving as a judicial intern for Justice Eva Guzman at the Texas Supreme Court in 2012, and by working as a legal intern for State Representative David Simpson during the 2013 legislative session.
Ryan credits The Lanier Law Firm’s sponsorship of the Northland Christian School Debate program—of which he was an inaugural member—with first sparking his interest in pursuing law as a profession, and for helping him develop the critical thinking, communication, and advocacy skills necessary for success in the classroom and the courtroom.
Ryan was admitted to the State Bar of Texas in 2013, and is also a member of the American Bar Association, the Texas Young Lawyers Association, and the Houston Bar Association. He resides in Houston, and is a proud supporter of the Texas Longhorns.