Ryan represents oil and gas exploration and production companies, saltwater disposal operators, landowners, and electric cooperatives before multiple state agencies, including the Railroad Commission of Texas, the Public Utility Commission of Texas, and the State Office of Administrative Hearings. Prior to joining McGinnis, he served as an Administrative Law Judge at the Railroad Commission of Texas presiding over the Commission’s oil and gas docket, including complex complaint, enforcement, and compliance proceedings. His knowledge of the Railroad Commission of Texas’ rules and regulations is particularly useful to oil and gas exploration and production companies operating in Texas.
Ryan also assists clients with a wide range of oil and gas transactional matters, including lease negotiation, joint operating agreements, production sharing agreements, and farmout agreements. By understanding the interplay between administrative regulations and oil and gas law, he is able to provide sound, efficient, and effective legal advice.
Ryan has presented and lectured to a wide range of audiences, including oil and gas operators and law students, on regulatory issues, including horizontal wells, allocation wells, saltwater disposal wells, and pooling issues. Ryan holds degrees from South Texas College of Law (JD), and Texas A&M University (MS, BS). During law school, he was recognized on the Dean’s Honor List, as a Dean’s Scholar, and was a recipient of the Fant Foundation Scholarship and South Texas College of Law Academic Merit Scholarship. He is a member of Phi Delta Phi International Legal Honor Society and Gamma Sigma Delta Honor Society. Ryan is licensed to practice law in Texas and New Mexico.