Ryan Wooten

Senior Associate

Houston

Ryan Wooten's practice focuses on resolving business disputes, through trial, if necessary, and conducting investigations for clients in the financial services and energy industries.

Ryan has spent most of his career counseling clients in the financial services and energy industries. As a result, Ryan has deep industry knowledge and understands where his clients' business and legal strategies intersect.  He has experience representing clients across the United States in federal and state courts and in front of arbitration panels.  Ryan represents hydrocarbon producers, explorers, transporters and refiners in the defense of tort and breach of contract actions.  In addition, Ryan represents and counsels large financial institutions in connection with regulatory investigations, enforcement actions, class action litigation, and bet-the-company contract disputes.

Ryan seeks efficient outcomes for his clients and has a track record of prevailing at the summary judgment stage.  In other cases, Ryan has efficiently negotiated with opposing counsel to reach early, favorable settlements.  In the event a case is not fit for early resolution, Ryan has experience trying cases to juries, the bench, and arbitration panels.

Ryan also maintains an active pro bono practice and works closely with the Houston Bar Association, including as a former chairman and current member of its Habitat for Humanity committee.

    • Represented an exploration and production company in the defense of trespass to try title and conversion action, resulting in a favorable settlement.
    • Counseled exploration and production company through appeal of multi-million dollar judgment, resulting in vacatur of damages award and a new trial on its affirmative claim.
    • Represented RBL lender through plan confirmation in United States Bankruptcy Court, ensuring that the lender received full value for its secured claims.
    • Represented mortgage servicer in DOJ investigation regarding the mortgage servicer's compliance with the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA), resulting in DOJ closing the investigation. 
    • Counseled mortgage servicer through lawsuit in which it alleged fraud and breach of contract claims, resulting in favorable settlement.
    • Represented a large financial institution in the defense of a shareholder derivative lawsuit alleging damages in excess of $60 million, resulting in a complete dismissal of all claims.
    • Represented a large financial institution in the defense of several class action lawsuits, each resulting in a favorable settlement.
    • Investigated and counseled a large financial institution regarding compliance with an Office of the Comptroller of Currency Consent Order.
    • Represented a petrochemical manufacturer in a personal injury lawsuit and, subsequently, insurance recovery action, resulting in nominal liability and fee exposure for the client.

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