Ryan D. Pittman
BiographyRyan D. Pittman is an associate in the litigation section of Jackson Walker. Mr. Pittman's practice focuses on a variety of commercial litigation matters, including disputes involving business torts, contracts, fraud, lender liability, real estate, tortious interference, fiduciary duties, and trade secrets. He also has a wide range of experience in construction, banking, health care, oil and gas, and securities litigation in state and federal courts.
Mr. Pittman also has an active media law and First Amendment practice. He regularly represents media clients in defense of libel, slander, invasion of privacy, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and other statutory and common law claims affecting free speech rights. He also advises clients regarding newsgathering, access to courtrooms and court records, access to governmental records and meetings under public information and open meetings laws, prior restraints, and advertising issues.
While in law school, Mr. Pittman served as a legal intern to the Honorable Gray H. Miller of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas and as a law clerk to the Honorable Kent C. Sullivan of the 80th State District Court. Prior to law school, he was a fellow at the Student Press Law Center, which provides legal assistance to student journalists, and a newspaper reporter and editor.
Mr. Pittman is a member of the State Bar of Texas, the Dallas County Bar Association, the Collin County Bar Association, the Dallas Young Lawyers Association, and the Dallas Regional Chamber Young Professionals group. He is the vice-chairman of the Dallas Bar Association's Media Relations Committee. He also served as an Associate in the Patrick E. Higginbotham American Inn of Court.
Mr. Pittman volunteers with the Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program, which provides free legal services to low-income Dallas residents, and the Samaritan Inn, a homeless shelter in Collin County.
Speeches / Publications
Mr. Pittman is the author of The College Student Media as House Organ: Reflections on an Off-Key Decision in Hosty v. Carter, 44 HOUS. L. REV. 131 (2007), which received the Best Casenote Award and the Glantz Prize for Most Outstanding Paper on Civil Liberties.
J.D., University of Houston Law Center
B.J. Journalism, cum laude, The University of Texas at Austin