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Ryan L. Thompson was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. He received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Texas in 2000. While at Texas, Ryan received University Honors for academic achievement, and was selected as a First Team All-Conference water polo player during his senior season. After graduation, Ryan joined the Texas Attorney General’s Office as an intern working under then Attorney General John Cornyn. In 2002, Ryan enrolled at Baylor Law School. In addition to Dean’s List honors and graduating near the top of his class, Ryan was recognized for his outstanding courtroom abilities through his selection into the Order of Barristers.


Upon graduation from law school, Ryan accepted a position in the Dallas office of the international law firm of Hunton & Williams LLP. While at Hunton, Ryan defended some of the largest corporations in the country, focusing on products liability and toxic materials exposure cases. Ryan gained an extraordinary amount of hands-on litigation experience during his first year, and quickly distinguished himself as an aggressive, passionate trial lawyer with a talent for achieving outstanding results for his clients.


In early 2005, Ryan left his position at Hunton for a job in the Dallas office of the international law firm of Fulbright & Jaworski LLP. While at Fulbright, Ryan tried over two dozen cases to verdict, attaining an impressive record of wins in both jury and bench trials. Ryan also demonstrated a remarkable ability for obtaining substantial settlements on behalf of his clients in a timely manner, often settling complex cases in a matter of months, saving his clients time and maximizing their financial gains.


In 2009 Ryan accepted a position at the nationally renowned trial firm of Watts Guerra LLP to pursue his longtime vision of representing individual and commercial plaintiffs. Ryan focuses on representing clients who have been wronged by the tortious acts of others, including cases such as catastrophic personal injury, wrongful death, products liability, pharmaceutical and medical devices, and mass torts. Ryan is also a highly skilled commercial litigator who aggressively advocates on behalf of his business clients damaged by another party’s wrongful conduct. After working for the country’s largest and most recognized defense firms and having represented Fortune 500 companies, Ryan has a unique insight and vast repository of knowledge that are invaluable to the numerous plaintiffs he now represents.


Ryan is licensed to practice in the state courts of Texas, the United States District Courts for the Northern, Southern, Eastern, and Western Districts of Texas, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, and the Supreme Court of the United States of America.


Languages spoken: Spanish

Practice areas


  1. Defective and Dangerous Products: 50%
  2. Personal Injury: 30%
  3. Commercial: 10%
  4. Wrongful Death: 10%
    6 years



Contingent (33-45%), Free consultation (30 minutes)

Attorney endorsements

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  • George Alan Boll

    I have known Ryan for several years. I have referred him a number of clients with defective medical product and pharmaceutical claims over that time. All of those clients have reported being very satisfied with the results and his representation. Ryan is an excellent attorney with a very good firm that has the resources to pursue complicated medical product and pharmaceutical cases. I heartily endorse him.


    George Boll Personal Injury Attorney
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  • Michael S. Waddington

    I endorse Ryan. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community.


    Michael Waddington Military Law Attorney
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Contact info

Watts Guerra LLP

4 Dominion Drive
Building 3, Suite 100
San Antonio, TX, 78257


TXEligible To Practice In Texas 200410/19/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Rising StarTexas Super Lawyers2012
Top 40 Under 40National Trial Lawyers2012
Rising StarScene in SA Magazine2011
College of the State BarState Bar of Texas2007
E. Randolf Williams AwardHunton & Williams LLP2005
Pro Bono CollegeState Bar of Texas2005
Order of BarristersBaylor School of Law2003
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing Partner - Mass TortsWatts Guerra LLP2009 - Present
AttorneyFulbright & Jaworski2005 - 2009
AttorneyHunton & Williams2004 - 2005
Association namePosition nameDuration
Texas Trial Lawyers Association AdvocatesBoard of Directors2012 - Present
State Bar of TexasMember2004 - Present
San Antonio Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Texas Trial Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
San Antonio Trial Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
American Association for Justice, Products Liability SectionMemberN/A
Publication nameTitleDate
Dallas Bar Association HeadnotesEnforcing Settlement Agreements: Getting What You Bargained For2006
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Baylor University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2004
University of Texas System, AustinEnglish Literature, SociologyBA - Bachelor of Arts2000
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
American Bar Association, Litigation Section"Managing the Chemical and Industrial Crisis as it Emerges, with a View Toward the Resulting Litigation"2010