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Austin appellate attorney Ryan Clinton is a former Texas Assistant Solicitor General who provides Davis, Gerald & Cremer’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 dozens of appeals or original appellate proceedings in state and federal courts including 10 in the Texas Supreme Court alone.  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.

Ryan’s legal accomplishments have not gone unnoticed. In 2013, Ryan was named one of Texas's Top 25 attorneys under 40 by Texas Lawyer.  He has ten 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. 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.


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Davis Gerald & Cremer

111 Congress Ave.
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Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Rising StarTexas Super Lawyers2014
Top 25 Lawyers in Texas Under 40Texas Lawyer2013
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2013
Top 100 Appellate Attorneys on TwitterCircuitSplit.com2012
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2012
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2011
Young Professional of the Year -- FinalistAustin Under 402010
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2010
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2009
Bergh Leadership AwardNo Kill Advocacy Center2009
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2008
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2007
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2005
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2004
Order of the CoifUniversity of Virginia School of Law2000
Cum Laude HonorsDuke University1997
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
ShareholderDavis, Gerald & Cremer2014 - Present
Appellate AttorneyHankinson LLP2011 - 2014
Appellate AttorneyHankinson Levinger LLP2008 - 2011
Assistant Solicitor GeneralState Of Texas Attorney General's Office2002 - 2008
AssociateVinson & Elkins2000 - 2002
Association namePosition nameDuration
Texas Board of Legal SpecializationCivil Appellate Law Certification2013 - Present
United States Supreme Court BarMember2004 - Present
Bar Association of the Federal Fifth CircuitMember2002 - Present
Robert W. Calvert American Inn of CourtAssociate2006 - 2007
Pro Bono College of the State Bar of TexasMember2003 - 2003
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Chesapeake Exploration L.L.C. v. BNW Property Co.Reversed and Rendered
McCammon v. IschyJudgment Rendered for Defendants
Occidental Permian Ltd. v. Helen Jones Foundation, et al.Judgment Rendered for Defendant
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Publication nameTitleDate
No Kill Advocacy CenterPolitical Advocacy2012
Austin American StatesmanReforming Animal Shelter2007
Durham Herald-SunHurricane Katrina2005
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Virginia School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2000
Duke UniversityPolitical Science and Public Policy StudiesA.B.1997
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Animal Law ConferenceCompanion Animal Welfare2013
National No Kill ConferenceReforming Animal Control2012
American Pets Alive ConferenceReforming Animal Control2012
State Bar Advanced Civil Appellate CoursePetition for Review at Texas Supreme Court2009
Advanced Civil Trial CourseSuing the State2008
Austin Bar Association, Civil Appellate Section MeetingTexas Supreme Court Case Update2006
Texas Attorney General CLETort Claims Act2004