Ryan Shelton

Partner

Ryan was born and raised in Buda, Texas and has resided in the Austin area all of his life. Ryan practiced law in the Austin office of a large national law firm and at an Austin litigation boutique prior to becoming a founding member of Hohmann, Brophy & Shelton, PLLC, in 2015. He has litigated in state and federal courts throughout Texas and numerous other jurisdictions. Ryan has substantial experience on both sides of the docket in the area of business litigation. Ryan’s litigation experience includes representing clients in numerous types of civil lawsuits, including: contract and fraud, fiduciary duty, securities, directors and officer’s liability, professional malpractice, energy, insurance, and unfair competition. In addition, Ryan has successfully defended high value theft of trade secret cases and breach of contract cases involving patent infringement issues. Ryan lives in Buda with his wife and two kids.

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Practice Focus

  • Complex Commercial Litigation and Business Torts
  • General Civil Litigation
  • Securities Litigation

Education

  • Hardin-Simmons University, BBS in History and Communications, magna cum laude (1998)
  • University of Texas School of Law, J.D., with honors (2002)

Admissions

  • State Bar of Texas (2002)
  • United States District Court for the Northern, Southern, Western and Eastern Districts of Texas

Select Prior Representations

  • Defended technology company in misappropriation of trade secrets action seeking $150 million in damages.
  • Represented Russian oil company in class action shareholder litigation involving acquisition of minority shareholders of publicly held American company.
  • Defended a national paper company against attempted multi-million dollar toxic tort class action of purported class of 5,000 property owners for alleged pollution by paper mill.
  • Defended pharmaceutical company in misappropriation of trade secrets action seeking over $26 million in damages.
  • Currently prosecuting class actions against national clearing broker and audit firm for violations of the Texas Securities Act and other violations relating to the Stanford Ponzi scheme.
  • Successfully defended a major property insurer in an action seeking $130 million in refunded premiums.
  • Successfully represented major health insurer in an enforcement action seeking $3 million in penalties.
  • Defended several dairy businesses in toxic tort suit by City of Waco against dairy industry for alleged pollution of Lake Waco.
  • Represented the special committee of the board of directors in conducting a stock option backdating investigation of an Austin high-tech company.
  • Obtained summary judgment for major entertainment-technology company in action alleging fraud and fraudulent transfer.
  • Defended oil and gas exploration company from securities claims brought by disgruntled investor.

Affiliations and Awards

  • Texas Rising Stars (Thompson Reuters Corporation)(2010)
  • Winner of the International Law Office/Lexology Client Choice Award for Litigation in Texas (2014)
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