Matthew C. Ryan

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Matthew Ryan has extensive experience with construction disputes, including serving as lead counsel and appearing in federal court, as well as arbitration, administrative proceedings, and extensive mediation experience.  Since 2006, Mr. Ryan has served as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Texas School of Law, having taught a three-hour upper level course on Construction Law and currently teaching a two-hour seminar on Construction Litigation each spring.  He is a member of the Board of Directors for the Austin Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, having been granted honorary membership in the Austin Chapter in 2012.  Mr. Ryan served as the Chair of the Construction Law Section of the State Bar of Texas in 2013-2014, and currently works on the Editorial Board of the statewide Construction Law Journal, as well as the Section’s long-term planning committee.

Matthew Ryan regularly represents design professionals in disciplinary and registration proceedings at the Texas Board of Architectural Examiners and Texas Board of Professional Engineers, and he lectures and focuses extensively on lien and bond claims, AIA form contracts, design professional disciplinary actions, and claims before the Texas Department of Transportation and the State Office of Administrative Hearings.  In addition, Mr. Ryan’s experience includes construction claims, contract drafting and negotiations, and other areas of commercial and civil law, focusing on helping his clients build and maintain strong foundations for their businesses.

Licensed By

  • Supreme Court of the United States (2013)
  • Supreme Court of Texas (1998)
  • Supreme Court of Massachusetts (1997; inactive due to residency in Texas)
  • Admitted to U.S. Districts Courts for the Western, Eastern, Northern, and Southern Districts of Texas (1999)

Industry Involvement & Memberships

  • University of Texas at Austin School of Law | Adjunct Professor in Construction Law and Construction Litigation (2006-Present)
  • American Institute of Architects, Austin Chapter | Board Member (2009-Present); Honorary Member (2012-Present)
  • Texas Society of Architects | Legislative Affairs Advisor (2011-Present)
  • American Bar Association, Forum on the Construction Industry | Member (2015-Present); Division 3 (Design) Steering Committee Member (2018)
  • State Bar of Texas, Construction Law Section | Member (1998-Present); Construction Law Journal Editorial Board (2014-Present); Long-Term Planning Committee Member (2017-Present); Chair (2013-2014); Treasurer (2010-2012); Council Member (2007-2010); Chair, Basic Course in Construction Law (2006); Ex Officio Council Member (2005)
  • Austin Bar Association, Construction Law Section | Member (2000-Present); Chair (2006-2007); Vice-Chair (2005-2006); Secretary-Treasurer (2004-2005); Chair, Breakfast with the Judiciary (2004-2006)

Awards

  • Best Lawyers “Lawyer of the Year” | Construction Law, Austin Texas (2020)
  • Chambers USA, Band 2, Construction Law | Texas (2018-2019)
  • Super Lawyers, Construction Litigation | Austin, Texas (2004, 2008-2018)
  • Super Lawyers, Top 50 | Central and West Texas (2017-2018)
  • Super Lawyers, Texas Rising Stars | Construction Litigation (2004)
  • U.S. News & World Report, “Best Lawyers 2014” | Texas Construction Law (2014)

Education

  • J.D., University of Texas School of Law (1997)
    • Texas International Law Journal | Member
  • B.A., The University of Vermont (1990)

Representative Matters

  • Negotiated major architectural and landscape architecture contracts for new Apple campus in North Austin area, for complex second only in size to company’s Cupertino headquarters.
  • Handling defense of project architect on catastrophic Central Texas personal injury case, involving triple-amputation victim and eight-figure damages claim in Dallas, Texas.
  • Obtained favorable negotiated settlement of disciplinary proceeding before Texas Board of Architectural Examiners, involving calls for revocation of architectural licenses but ultimately resolved through small administrative penalties and no suspension or loss of practice rights.
  • Defending against high-dollar claim by Rio Grande Valley municipality for alleged fraud and breaches of contract and fiduciary duty on water treatment plant project.
  • Representing architectural firm in claim for $1,000,000+ in professional fees, while defending against over $4,000,000 in claims associated with purported design deficiencies on $125,000,000 higher education project.
  • Prevailed in recent trial before State Office of Administrative Hearings, to obtain ruling in client’s favor on disciplinary matter involving Texas Board of Professional Engineers.
  • Achieved zero-dollar defense verdict for client in federal district court dispute against rival cable/telecom construction company.
  • Successfully obtained $800,000+ recovery, including lien claim and abstract of judgment, against major Austin-area golf course property and ownership group on behalf of general contractor, following two-week arbitration proceeding.
  • Handled $12,000,000+ claim asserted by a large Central Texas school district on behalf of MEP engineering firm, ultimately resolving case for small fraction of overall claim, including low single-digit percentage of overall settlement funding by defendants.