Ryan L. Harrison





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Practice Areas


Ryan Harrison’s practice is focused on construction disputes and other complex tort litigation. He has represented general contractors and subcontractors in matters involving a wide variety of structures, including commercial and residential buildings. He has also represented Fortune 500 corporations and small businesses in numerous tort cases.

Recognitions & Distinctions

  • Recipient of the Defense Research Institute’s G. Duffield Smith Outstanding Publication Award for 2019
  • Named a Texas Super Lawyers Magazine – Rising Stars for Construction Litigation in 2016
  • “AV Preeminent” by Martindale-Hubbell in Litigation and Construction Law. This distinction represents the highest rating by his peers for legal ability and general ethical standards.
  • Member of the College of the State Bar of Texas, an honorary society chartered by the Supreme Court of Texas to recognize lawyers who maintain and enhance their professional skills by completing at least double the required hours of continuing legal education each year.


  • Boston University School of Law – J.D. with concentration in litigation and dispute resolution, 2003
    • G. Joseph Tauro Scholar
    • Notes Editor of the Annual Review of Banking and Financial Law
  • Murray State University – B.A. cum laude, 2000

Court Admissions

  • Texas
  • California
  • United States Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Austin Bar Association Construction Law Section
  • Construction Law Section of the State Bar of Texas
  • Texas Association of Defense Counsel
  • Defense Research Institute Construction Law Committee
    • Vice-Chair of Publications for the Construction Law Committee
    • Editor of the Construction Law Committee’s newsletter, The Critical Path
  • International Association of Defense Counsel
    • Vice-Chair of Publications for the Construction Law and Litigation Committee
    • Member of Board of Editors for IADC’s Defense Counsel Journal


  • “Winning with Experts Part 2 – How to Deal with the Designated Expert:  Retaining and Working with Experts”, For The Defense, May 2019
  • “Winning with Experts Part 1 – How to Pick the Perfect Expert:  Identifying, Vetting, and Selecting Experts”, For The Defense, April 2019
  • “Navigating the Settlement Offset Provision of the Texas Proportionate Responsibility Statute”, The Critical Path, July 2016
  • “A Stitch in Time Saves Nine: A Proactive Approach to Avoid the Cost of Lengthy Litigation”, For The Defense, June 2014
  • “The Indemnity Loophole: Avoiding Statutes of Limitation Through the Use of Indemnity Claims”, For The Defense, June 2013
  • “You Have the Right to an Attorney, but It Might Not Be Me: Understanding Corporate Miranda Warnings”, For The Defense, April 2013


  • The Importance of Project Documentation”, CTSA Law Conference, Austin, TX, October 16, 2019
  • “Retaining and Working with Experts”, DRI Construction Law Seminar, Las Vegas, NV, April 11, 2019