Austin appellate attorney Ryan Clinton is a former Texas Assistant Solicitor General who provides Hankinson LLP’s clients a strong presence in the Texas capital. Ryan has successfully represented clients in the Texas Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, the majority of the Texas intermediate courts, and the United States Supreme Court. He is also Board Certified in Civil Appellate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.
A talented courtroom advocate, Ryan has successfully handled over thirty appeals or original appellate proceedings in state and federal courts and has delivered more than two dozen oral arguments including four in the Texas Supreme Court. He has established a reputation for handling high-profile and high-impact cases, such as the successful representation of 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, the Texas Attorney General in a suit filed by a Texas school district over the release of public bonds, and a hospital in a Tort Claims Act case involving multiple courts of appeals and thousands of potential plaintiffs.
In March 2013, Ryan was recognized as one of Texas’s top 25 lawyers under the age of 40 by Texas Lawyer magazine. He has also nine times been named one of Texas’s best appellate attorneys under 40 by Texas Rising Stars, as chosen by the Texas Super Lawyers/Thomson Reuters legal division and 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 governmental entity litigation, the Texas Tort Claims Act, and representing clients before the Texas Supreme Court. His wide appellate experience includes handling oil and gas appeals, personal injury appeals, employment appeals, intellectual property appeals, government and constitutional appeals, and breach of contract appeals.
Ryan received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Virginia School of Law in 2000, graduating in the top 10 percent of his class with Order of the Coif honors. He received his undergraduate degree from Duke University in 1997, where he graduated with cum laude honors in both Political Science and Public Policy Studies. Although Ryan was raised in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and has lived in Austin since 2000, he nonetheless asserts that he bleeds Duke Blue, and has been known to sport face paint among the infamous “Cameron Crazies.”
Ryan has also been honored for his charitable endeavors. He is a nationally recognized advocate for companion animals, receiving the Oakland, California-based No Kill Advocacy Center’s Henry Bergh Leadership Award in 2009 for his work to reform animal shelters locally and nationally. He has also written guest commentary published in the Austin American-Statesman, the Durham Herald-Sun, and the Contra Costa Times, and his work to improve the lives of lost and homeless pets has been featured in newspapers and magazines across the country.