Board Certified in Criminal Law, recognized as one of the Best Lawyers in America, a Texas Super Lawyer, and a Top 100 Trial Lawyer in Texas.
Ryan Gertz is the only lawyer in Southeast Texas that is Board Certified in Criminal Law, recognized as one of the Best Lawyers in America for Criminal Defense, a Texas Super Lawyer, and a Top 100 Trial Lawyer in Texas. In fact, only twenty lawyers in Texas were recognized this year as Best Lawyers in America for Criminal Defense and Ryan was one of them.
Criminal charges can alter the entire course of your life and the best way to resolve them is with competent, skilled counsel.
Born and raised in Beaumont, Ryan has deep roots in East Texas. His practice focuses mainly on state and federal criminal trial and appellate work throughout Texas. In fact, he is Board Certified in Criminal Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court.
Ryan is AV rated as a preeminent lawyer by his peers according to Martindale, meaning his peers rank Ryan at the highest level of professional and ethical excellence. He is also a member of the ‘Top 100 Trial Lawyers’ in Texas as recognized by the National Trial Lawyers organization, a member-driven organization composed of the premier trial lawyers from across the country who meet stringent qualifications as criminal defense trial lawyers. Additionally, Super Lawyers has dubbed Ryan a "Rising Star" in 2017 and a "Super Lawyer" in 2020 and 2021.
Ryan is a tireless advocate for citizens accused of crimes. He has tried nearly ninety criminal cases before juries all over East Texas and met with great success. He has obtained more than forty-five acquittals, three directed verdicts, and several hung jury dismissals in criminal cases during the past ten years. He prevented a client, wrongfully accused of shaking her baby to death, from facing capital murder charges and obtained the dismissal of sexual abuse charges against a seventeen year old wrongly accused.
Ryan is certified by the 2nd Administrative Judicial Region to first-chair capital murder cases. Since 2015, Ryan has obtained dismissals from the government in several different capital murder cases. He also obtained "not guilty" verdicts from juries in three other capital murder trials and multiple murder and manslaughter cases.
On May 2, 2014, Ryan received the Jefferson County Bar Association’s "Outstanding Young Lawyer" Award. The award, which is given to only one attorney each year, recognizes a young lawyer who has demonstrated professional proficiency, service to the profession, and service to the community. U.S. Magistrate Judge Zack Hawthorn presented the award to Ryan at the Bar Association’s annual Law Day event.
Ryan has argued cases in both state and federal courts and is licensed in Texas. He is admitted to practice before the Eastern, Western, and Southern Federal District Courts. Additionally, he has argued cases before the First, Ninth, Twelfth, Thirteenth, and Fourteenth Courts of Appeal in Texas as well as the Fifth Circuit Federal Court in New Orleans.
|TX||Eligible To Practice In Texas||2005||11/24/2021|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Best News Article: Picturing a New Kind of Voir Dire||State Bar of Texas||2017|
|Best Series: Substantive Law - The New DWI in Jefferson County||State Bar of Texas||2017|
|Premier 100 Trial Lawyer||American Academy of Trial Attorneys||2015|
|Outstanding Young Lawyer||Jefferson County Bar Association||2014|
|Best Human Interest Story: Michael Morton, Your Worst Nightmare||State Bar of Texas||2014|
|Board Certified - Criminal Law||Texas Board of Legal Specialization||2014|
|Top 100 Trial Lawyers (Texas)||National Trial Lawyers||2014|
|Ben G. Levy Essays in Freedom Award||Ben G. Levy Estate; University of Houston||2004|
|Partner||Gertz Law Firm||2010 - Present|
|Director, General Counsel Roundtable||Corporate Executive Board||2005 - 2010|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|United States Supreme Court Bar||Member||2017 - Present|
|National College of DUI Defense||Member||2015 - Present|
|American Association of Premier DUI Attorneys||Founding Member||2015 - Present|
|Texas Trial Lawyers Association||Board of Advocates||2010 - Present|
|Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association||N/A||2010 - Present|
|Jefferson County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association||N/A||2010 - Present|
|Jefferson County Young Lawyer's Association||N/A||2010 - 2014|
|Jefferson County Bar Journal||Michael Morton and Your Worst Nightmare||2013|
|University Of Houston||JD - Juris Doctor||2004|
|George Washington University||Master's Degree||2001|
|University of Texas||Bachelor's||1999|
|Jefferson County Bar CLE||Revisiting the Ten Commandments of Cross Examination||2016|
|Jefferson County Defense Lawyers Association CLE||Blood Draw in DWI Cases||2015|
|Jefferson County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association Meeting||The Myth of Shaken Baby Syndrome||2013|
|State v. Coleman||Not Guilty from the jury|
|State v. LeDoux||Not guilty from jury on DWI|
|State v. Tinoco||Not Guilty on DWI from Jury|
|State v. McCloney||8 Years TDC and No Deadly Weapon Finding from Jury|
|State v. Michael||Not Guilty from Jury|
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