Matthew C. Ryan


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

  • The Supreme Court of Texas
  • The Supreme Court of Massachusetts
  • The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas
  • The U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas
  • The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas

Industry Involvement & Memberships

  • Adjunct Professor in Construction Law, University of Texas at Austin School of Law, Fall 2006—Present
  • Chair, State Bar of Texas Construction Law Section, 2013—2014
  • Treasurer, State Bar of Texas Construction Law Section, 2010—2012
  • Council Member, State Bar of Texas Construction Law Section, 2007—2010
  • Member, Board of Directors, American Institute of Architects (Austin Chapter), 2009—Present
  • Chair, Basic Course in Construction Law, State Bar of Texas Construction Law Section, October, 2006
  • State Bar of Texas
  • State Bar of Massachusetts (Retired)
  • Austin Bar Association
  • Austin Young Construction Lawyers (Chair, 2004—2006)
  • Austin Bar Association Breakfast with the Judiciary (Chair, 2004—2006)
  • Austin Bar Association, Construction Law Section (Chair, 2006—2007; Vice Chair, 2005—2006; Secretary-Treasurer, 2004—2005)
  • Ex Officio Council Member, State Bar of Texas Construction Law Section, 2005


Selected To Texas Super Lawyers Monthly Magazine

  • Texas Super Lawyers 2014
  • Texas Super Lawyers 2013
  • Texas Super Lawyers 2012
  • Texas Super Lawyers 2011
  • Texas Super Lawyers 2010
  • Texas Super Lawyers 2009
  • Texas Super Lawyers 2008
  • Texas Rising Stars 2004
  • Texas Super Lawyers 2004
  • Named to U.S. News & World Reports “Best Lawyers 2014” in Construction Law


  • J.D., University of Texas School of Law, 1997 (Member, Texas International Law Journal)
  • 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 against 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.