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Areas Of Practice


Commercial Litigation

There is an old saying that "if the only tool you have is a hammer, pretty soon every problem starts to look a lot like a nail". Some lawyers have so little experience with "real world" businesses that it never occurs to them that a problem can be solved faster and cheaper-and with less damage to business relationships-than the methods discussed in legal textbooks.

In legal disputes, as in business, experience and skill make all the difference. At Ryan & Dawson, we have years of experience representing businesses from Fortune 500 companies to "Mom and Pop" stores. We've handled hundreds of lawsuits of all sizes, and thousands of disputes. Ryan & Dawson’s priority of providing cost-effective service does not diminish our ability to handle sophisticated and complex lawsuits. When the case demands it, litigation support systems, organizational groups, exhibit production capabilities, and investigators are all available to service the client’s needs in the most difficult and complex cases

We understand the law and the courts, but we also know business, and we'll give you options that make business sense. Your business doesn't need a lawyer who thinks that the "solution" to your problem is paying tens of thousands of dollars in legal costs when a cheaper, faster business solution is available. But your business does need lawyers who know the legal implications of business deals, and how to make sure that when a dispute is settled it stays settled. 

Professional Liability 

Over the years, Ryan & Dawson has successfully defended hundreds of lawsuits involving allegations of professional negligence. The defense of such claims requires not only the abilities of experienced litigators, but also the knowledge of specialized areas of professional practice. Since its inception, the firm has specialized in the defense of cases with allegations of malpractice against members of the medical, construction, engineering, and insurance professions. We have the experience and ability to handle the complex issues unique to these cases. back to top.

Family Law / Probate

Even with the best of intentions, some marriages do not last. We have experience in all areas of family law, including: divorce proceedings, preparing premarital/marital property agreements; post-divorce modifications of child support, and custody issues.If it becomes necessary to go to court, we are experienced. From the outset, we work with our clients to develop a cost-effective strategy that will protect their assets and achieve an equitable outcome to their dispute.

We guide clients through the preparation of wills, durable medical powers of attorney and physician directives (“living wills”), powers of attorney, premarital agreements, and representation in probate and guardianship proceedings.

Arbitration And Mediation 

Major companies are resorting more and more to alternative dispute resolution. Ryan & Dawson recognizes that arbitration or mediation is often a better approach for a client than the traditional litigation process, and we have successfully represented numerous clients in dozens of arbitrations, either through American Arbitration Association procedures, or through independent arbitrators selected by the parties.

Construction Litigation 

Ryan & Dawson’s practice includes substantial experience in construction law. This includes preparation, arbitration and litigation of contract claims, and enforcement of mechanics' and materialmen's lien rights, as well as representation of construction clients in construction defect and general liability claims.

We have many years experience representing both home builders and homeowners in disputes involving contract administration, warranty issues, and defects including design, workmanship and/or structural issues.

Corporate And Commercial Transactions  

Ryan & Dawson is experienced in advising and guiding clients through initial start-up, including choice of entity (corporation, partnership, limited liability company), shareholder agreements, employment and consulting agreements, non-competition agreements, partnership and joint venture agreements, drafting of contracts and related agreements, purchase and sale of businesses, compliance with Uniform Commercial Code requirements, debtors' and creditors' rights, and other transactions relating to general corporate and contract matters.

Residential And Commercial Real Estate 

We have experience in, and regularly provide advice regarding and preparation of the following: sale and purchase agreements, deeds, deeds of trust, real estate notes, leases and landlord/tenant matters, including eviction proceedings, mechanic's and materialman's liens, homeowners' associations, and a variety of real estate disputes involving title issues, judicial and non-judicial foreclosures, lien priorities, and earnest money contract and escrow disputes. 

The power of eminent domain affects the fundamental constitutional rights of property owners. It is no wonder that its exercise often leads to hotly contested and high-profile administrative and judicial proceedings. This is especially true after the United States Supreme Court’s 2005 opinion holding that a taking for economic development purposes is an allowed “public use.”


We are experienced in defending the property rights of property owners when the power of eminent domain is exercised against them. The outcomes of such cases often profoundly impact rights most central to the parties’ plans, prospects, and interests. In addition to representing clients in disputes, we are prepared to advise clients concerning their rights in connection with the potential exercise of the power of eminent domain and the appropriate procedures to follow in order to preserve and enforce their rights

For decades, Ryan & Dawson has provided effective and aggressive representation of its clients through a combination of traditional hard work coupled with utilization of advanced approaches to the practice of law. Ryan & Dawson is comprised of civil trial lawyers with experience gained through conducting first chair trials to verdict. That experience gives us the ability not only to comprehensively evaluate the merits of trying any particular case, but to capably try it if necessary. This background brings our clients legitimacy in the eyes of their adversaries and has assisted us in resolving litigation, arbitration, or other proceeding in the most innovative, economical, and expeditious way possible.

Since its inception in 1994, our law firm has provided superior legal advice and representation to clients throughout Texas and the United States. Whether engaging in business or consumer litigation, or other commercial and personal transactions, our clients look to us again and again for sound counsel, guidance and dependable advice.    


The depth of legal and business experience of our attorneys combined with the efficient and personal touch that only a small law firm can provide enables Ryan & Dawson to help develop the right solutions to your legal challenges. Through offices in Houston, Schulenburg and Weimar, we provide service throughout Texas.