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Ryan Douglas Houck

Litigation Attorney at Encino, CA

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  • Licensed for 12 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2011
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Ryan D. Houck is a trial lawyer practicing exclusively in the area of trust, estate, and conservatorship litigation. Mr. Houck’s cases include will and trust contests and other challenges to estate plans, breach of fiduciary duty claims involving trustees and other fiduciaries, trustee accounting matters, and conservatorship proceedings. He represents both fiduciaries and beneficiaries, ranging from corporate trustees to charities to individuals, in such matters through trial and appeal.

Mr. Houck combines zealous advocacy with pragmatism, enabling him to achieve favorable and efficient results for his clients through skillful negotiation, strategic counsel, and accomplished trial work. He offers thoughtful, results-oriented advice at all stages of representation. Mr. Houck is also sensitive to the personal dynamics and non-monetary components of trust, estate, and conservatorship litigation, and he thoughtfully tailors his representation to reflect those case-specific situations and his clients’ goals.

Mr. Houck has been recognized as a Southern California “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers magazine every year since 2016, which is an achievement limited to no more than 2.5% of the lawyers in California. He has also been a speaker to the California State Bar Trust and Estate Section on a variety of trust and estate litigation issues, including appellate intricacies unique to probate litigation.

Prior to co-founding The Houck Firm, Mr. Houck was a partner at Sacks Glazier Franklin & Lodise LLP, specializing in T&E litigation. Before that, Mr. Houck was a patent litigation associate at Kirkland & Ellis, where he handled a variety of general and intellectual property litigation matters in state and federal courts, including the United States International Trade Commission. Mr. Houck is also a registered patent attorney.

Mr. Houck received his J.D., cum laude, from the Georgetown University Law Center in 2011, and received his B.S. in Science, Technology, and International Affairs from Georgetown University in 2006.

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16501 Ventura Blvd., Suite 400-199
Encino, CA, 91436


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  • Hourly Rates $ 620-620 per hour
  • Contingency 30%-45%


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Co-Founder | Partner
  • The Houck Firm
  • 2022 - Present
  • Partner
  • Sacks Glazier Franklin & Lodise LLP
  • 2014 - 2022
  • Associate
  • Kirkland & Ellis LLP
  • 2011 - 2014


  • Georgetown University Law Center
  • J.D.
  • 2011
  • Georgetown University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 2006

Legal Cases

  • Complete victory at conservatorship trial involving $100+ million estate
  • Trial victory representing executor against third-party creditor
  • $2.4+ million for non-profit in trust contest


  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Executive Committee Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • City of Hermosa Beach Prosecuting Misdemeanors
  • Volunteer Attorney
  • N/A

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • Southern California Super Lawyers
  • 2021
  • Rising Star
  • Southern California Super Lawyers
  • 2020
  • Rising Star
  • Southern California Super Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Rising Star
  • Southern California Super Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Rising Star
  • Southern California Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Rising Star
  • Southern California Super Lawyers
  • 2016
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  • Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics
  • Textron and the Work Product Doctrine: Maintaining Attorney Independence for Non-Adversarial Advising
  • 2010

Speaking Engagements

  • State Bar of California
  • Introduction to Trust and Estate Litigation
  • 2017
  • State Bar of California Trust and Estates Section Spring Conference
  • Appellate Issues in Trust and Estates Matters
  • 2016

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Trusts Attorney | Mar 02
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Ryan and I were co-counsel on a highly contested matter while we were at different firms. I handled the civil matter and Ryan handled the trust matter for the same client. We obtained a phenomenal result for the client. He is strategic and can explain the nuisances of probate to non-probate lawyers and the client in a clear way. He obtained a full dismissal of the petitions adverse to our client on novel grounds. Brilliant."
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Encino Litigation Lawyer Ryan Douglas Houck
Ryan Douglas Houck
Litigation Attorney
Encino, CA
Licensed for 12 years