Ryan Killian

Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP

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Travis Street 600
Houston 77002 TX US

Ryan S. Killian’s practice focuses on product liability with an emphasis in pharmaceutical and medical device litigation. He has represented clients embroiled in multimillion-dollar business disputes and participated in the successful defense of a nationwide class action.

Just before joining Shook, Ryan confronted a broad array of legal matters as a law clerk for the Hon. Thomas M. Reavley on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

Before that, he worked as an associate for a law firm in Irvine, California, where he authored appellate briefs filed in multiple jurisdictions, argued a successful federal court motion to dismiss, prepared state court dispositive motions and participated in extensive federal court judgment-enforcement litigation.

Ryan is licensed to practice in both Texas and California. Before becoming a member of the bar, he filed an appellate brief and delivered oral argument before the Ninth Circuit as a certified law student.

While in law school, Ryan spent a summer in St. Louis, Missouri serving as a judicial extern to the Hon. Raymond Gruender of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. With two bachelor’s degrees in communications and a background in journalism, he brings a significant amount of writing experience to his legal work.


  • J.D., cum laude, Pepperdine University School of Law, 2013
    • Order of the Coif
    • Dean’s List (all semesters)
    • Pepperdine Law Review, Lead Articles Editor (Vol. 40)
    • Ninth Circuit Appellate Advocacy Clinic, Advocate
    • Judicial Extern to the Hon. Raymond Gruender, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
    • 5 CALI Awards (Contracts II, Legal Research and Writing II, Advanced Constitutional Law: Supreme Court Seminar, Legal History, Rule of Law and the American Judiciary)
  • B.J., The University of Texas at Austin, 2008 (Journalism); B.S. 2008 (Radio-Television-Film)
    • Daily Texan, Sports Editor, Sports Writer, Photographer

Bar Admissions:

  • California
  • Texas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas


  • Houston Bar Association
  • Houston Young Lawyers Association

Community Involvement:

  • Houston Arboretum & Nature Center, Volunteer


  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, The Hon. Thomas M. Reavley (2014-2018)


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