Ryan is a native Texan, born and raised in Beaumont. He moved to Austin in 1995 to attend the University of Texas and shortly thereafter started a food distribution company, D&S Distributing. When juggling school and owning a business became too much, Ryan put college on hold until the dot-com crash hit in 1999. After returning to school, Ryan worked for two prominent family law attorneys in Austin at the law firm of Piper and Powers. At that same time, he also obtained his real estate license and worked for Ely Properties where he leased and sold residential properties on campus. Upon graduating the University of Texas, Ryan took some time off and spent a summer in Costa Rica and then moved to Boulder, Colorado where he enjoyed cycling, mountain biking and snowboarding.
Ryan began law school in Virginia in 2004, obtained his third-year bar card and began working under the guidance of a family law attorney where he tried multiple contested family law cases prior to sitting for the bar exam. Ryan ultimately moved back to Austin after passing the bar and opened his own law practice. After successfully running his solo-practice for 10 years, Ryan was honored to be asked to join the team as a partner at Gray Becker, P.C.
Ryan is a trial lawyer who is very comfortable in the courtroom and passionate about the practice of law. He’s been selected as a Rising Star and top-rated family law attorney by Super Lawyers in Texas Monthly Magazine in 2014-2015 and 2017-2018. While Ryan tries to resolve his cases with as little conflict as possible, he knows when it’s time to be aggressive, which cases need to be tried in court, and which ones need to settle. Ryan has extensive experience in all matters pertaining to family law, as well as both civil and criminal family violence and stalking cases, a topic he’s presented on before the Austin Bar Association. Ryan’s family law practice primarily focuses on high conflict child custody, high asset marital estates, complex property division and family violence cases.
When Ryan is not practicing law, he enjoys cycling and wake-surfing, and spending time traveling with his wife and best friend, Amy.
Areas of Practice:
- Family Law
- Protective Orders
- Criminal and Civil Family Violence
- Texas, 2008
- Regent University School of Law, Virginia Beach, Virginia
- J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence
- University of Texas at Austin
- B.A., Bachelor of Arts
- Major: Philosophy
Named a Rising Star by Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters service:
- 2014 – Family Law
- 2015 – Family Law
- 2017 – Family Law
- 2018 – Family Law
Professional Associations and Memberships:
- Austin Bar Association, Family Law Section
- Williamson County Bar Association
- Texas Exes Students Association
- Pro Bono College of the State Bar of Texas
- Austin Bar Association Family Law Section
- Stalking Protective Orderes