Education

  • University of Texas School of Law (JD 1995)
  • Stanford University (BA 1991)

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Texas, 1995
  • Oklahoma, 2005 (presently inactive)
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Western, Northern, Eastern and Southern Districts of Texas

Professional Activities

  • State Bar of Texas (Member, Litigation Section, Computer and Technology Section)
  • Federal Bar Association (Austin Chapter President 2003-2004, Director 2000-2005)
  • Austin Bar Association (Co-Chair, Courthouse Subcommittee, Member Litigation Section)
  • Texas Bar Foundation (Life Fellow; Nominating Committee District 9, 2009-present)
  • Austin Bar Foundation (Founding Life Fellow)
  • Chair, State Bar of Texas Grievance Committee, District 9 (Term 2014-17)
  • Member, Admissions Committee, U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas (2005-present)
  • Founding Member and Master, American Inns of Court, Lloyd Lochridge Inn, 2009-present
  • Executive Committee, University of Texas Law Alumni Association (2016-present); UT Law Class of 1995 Standing Committee Co-Chair
  • Thompson Reuters Super Lawyer 2017, Rising Star 2004, 2005, 2009
  • Founder and Secretary, Community for Civil and Family Courthouse PAC (advocating in favor of bond issue to fund a new Travis County courthouse complex)
  • Stanford/Austin (Alumni Club – President 2000-03, Board of Directors 2003-present)
  • Stanford University, Alumni Volunteer Committee (Chair, Austin/San Antonio Region, 2013-present)
  • Stanford Associates (Stanford Alumni honorary organization; elected 2012)
  • Numerous political campaigns and community projects

Ryan Botkin

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Ryan Botkin is a trial advocate and counselor for businesses and individuals. As a litigator, Ryan’s practice focuses on trial practice and arbitration work for plaintiffs and defendants in complex business disputes. Ryan has represented clients in a wide variety of businesses, from technology startups in the New Economy to Fortune 500 companies in traditional industries. Ryan handles matters in technology and IP licensing, corporate governance, e-commerce and digital media, financial services, software development, oil & gas, health care, private equity, construction, commercial contracts, business torts, campaign finance, and more.

In addition, Ryan’s deep experience in litigation and contested business matters has led many clients to retain him for risk counseling and strategic advice. As a counselor, Ryan advises large and small businesses, non-profits, and individuals about litigation risk, compliance and management, media relations, legislative and campaign issues, and strategic planning.

Ryan has been honored as a Texas Super Lawyer by Thompson Reuters, multiple times as a Texas Rising Star, and is a former President of the Austin Federal Bar Association. From 2001 to 2016, Ryan practiced alongside famed Austin trial lawyer Shannon Ratliff and was a founding member of the Ratliff Law Firm in 2003. He started his career at Bracewell & Patterson and Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld. He lives in the Pemberton Heights neighborhood of Austin with his wife Desiree, a briefing attorney at the U.S. District Court, along with their two kids and two unruly dogs.

  • Represented an Austin e-commerce company in litigation arising out of a major private equity investment, and subsequently served as outside general counsel on compliance and intellectual property matters.
  • Represented a Fortune 50 technology company in a major federal lawsuit involving allegations of business interference, violations of software copyrights, and global antitrust violations.
  • Represented the independent alumni association of a Big 12 school in bet-the-entity intellectual property litigation against its parent university.
  • Represented an Austin software company against its European corporate client in a dispute over a major software development project.
  • Represented a Nobel Prize-winning scientist in a highly-publicized dispute involving a state-funded research entity. The engagement included advising the client in parallel legislative, civil, and criminal investigations, and media strategy.
  • Represented a New York private equity firm in shareholder litigation involving a medical technology portfolio company.
  • Formed and advised a high-profile advocacy group to promote higher education governance reform at Baylor University.
  • Represented a flagship Texas public university system in a highly technical historical boundary dispute.
  • Represented a major investment advisory firm against a nine-figure claim of fraud by a Texas state retirement system.
  • Represented a major corporation against allegations of Texas campaign finance violations.
  • Pro bono: Ryan regularly represents disadvantaged clients on a pro bono basis through Volunteer Legal Services of Central Texas. In 2014, VLS recognized Ryan with a service award for his work with one of these clients, a disabled veteran evicted from Section 8 housing. Ryan is also a regular advisor at the VLS Legal Services Clinic.

Education

  • University of Texas School of Law (JD 1995)
  • Stanford University (BA 1991)

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Texas, 1995
  • Oklahoma, 2005 (presently inactive)
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Western, Northern, Eastern and Southern Districts of Texas

Professional Activities

  • State Bar of Texas (Member, Litigation Section, Computer and Technology Section)
  • Federal Bar Association (Austin Chapter President 2003-2004, Director 2000-2005)
  • Austin Bar Association (Co-Chair, Courthouse Subcommittee, Member Litigation Section)
  • Texas Bar Foundation (Life Fellow; Nominating Committee District 9, 2009-present)
  • Austin Bar Foundation (Founding Life Fellow)
  • Chair, State Bar of Texas Grievance Committee, District 9 (Term 2014-17)
  • Member, Admissions Committee, U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas (2005-present)
  • Founding Member and Master, American Inns of Court, Lloyd Lochridge Inn, 2009-present
  • Executive Committee, University of Texas Law Alumni Association (2016-present); UT Law Class of 1995 Standing Committee Co-Chair
  • Thompson Reuters Super Lawyer 2017, Rising Star 2004, 2005, 2009
  • Founder and Secretary, Community for Civil and Family Courthouse PAC (advocating in favor of bond issue to fund a new Travis County courthouse complex)
  • Stanford/Austin (Alumni Club – President 2000-03, Board of Directors 2003-present)
  • Stanford University, Alumni Volunteer Committee (Chair, Austin/San Antonio Region, 2013-present)
  • Stanford Associates (Stanford Alumni honorary organization; elected 2012)
  • Numerous political campaigns and community projects