Ryan C. Hale

Ryan Hale is an associate in the firm’s Dallas office. As a member of the environmental and tort practice group he focuses his practice on defending product manufacturers, premises owners and businesses in toxic tort litigation matters relating to exposure to asbestos, talc and other various chemicals and substances. Additionally, Ryan has experience defending religious organizations in matters involving sexual misconduct claims. When assisting clients with litigation matters, Ryan is actively involved in all stages including discovery, investigations, the drafting of motions, trial and appeal. Ryan's representative experience includes: 

  • Defends religious organizations against sexual misconduct claims. 
  • Lead appellate counsel in two-week long breach of contract trial, in which he ensured that errors were preserved for appeal, argued trial motions, argued the jury charge, and argued for and obtained a directed verdict for one of the defendants.
  • Drafted and successfully argued ex parte petition for temporary restraining order leading to recovery of over $1 million stolen from Japanese shipping company through a phishing scheme.
  • Drafted motion persuading court to enter gag order that prohibited Plaintiffs’ counsel and their firm from making disparaging statements about Defendant during counsel’s frequent interviews with various media outlets. The Court found that Defendant’s right to a fair trial outweighed opposing counsel’s First Amendment rights.
  • Prosecuted breach of contract case on behalf of an oil and gas company. A favorable settlement was reached after a motion was filed that threatened to undermine the application of a contractual damages cap.
  • Drafted winning appellate brief in a case, in which the Court held that the client had standing to recover pension contributions from a Texas city. The Court agreed that the damages sought by the client were prospective in nature under the applicable statute, rather than retrospective, and were therefore recoverable.
  • Assistant appellate counsel in week-long trial concerning breach of a partnership agreement.
  • Drafted winning appellate brief, where Court of Appeals held that the trial court had discretion to deny a petition for bill of review before plaintiff formally rested their case.

Prior to joining Lathrop Gage, Ryan was a briefing attorney in the Eleventh Court of Appeals of Texas. During law school he served as a judicial extern to U.S. Magistrate Judge David Horan in the Northern District of Texas as well as served as a judicial intern to Justice Lee Ann Dauphinot in the Texas Second Court of Appeals and the Hon. Martin Lowy in the 101st Civil District Court in Dallas County. Additionally Ryan served as a research assistant to Professor Bryan A. Garner of the Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law.

Court Memberships

  • Texas

Professional Affiliations

  • Dallas Association of Young Lawyers, Member
  • State Bar of Texas, Member
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  • Dallas

    2101 Cedar Springs Road
    Suite 1400
    Dallas, TX 75201
F: 469.983.6101


Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, J.D., 2015

  • Research Assistant to Bryan A. Garner
  • Phi Delta Phi
  • Dean's Scholarship Recipient

University of Arkansas, B.A., Business Economics, 2012


  • Briefing Attorney to The Honorable John M. Bailey, 11th Court of Appeals, Eastland, Texas