Ryan Hackney


Ryan Hackney


Ryan Hackney is a commercial litigator who has represented energy companies in a variety of disputes. He practiced law for four years at a prominent Houston litigation boutique before joining AZA. A graduate of Harvard University and the University of Texas School of Law, Mr. Hackney clerked for U.S. District Judge Sim Lake of the Southern District of Texas, for whom he provided legal research and writing assistance and oversaw courtroom logistics on both civil and criminal matters.

Mr. Hackney was selected for the 2017 Texas Rising Stars list, which honors the best lawyers in the state who are age 40 or younger or those who have practiced no more than 10 years. The Texas Rising Stars list appears in Texas Monthly and Super Lawyers magazines. Fewer than 2.5 percent of eligible Texas attorneys earn this recognition each year.

Before choosing a career in law, Mr. Hackney worked as a management consultant and writer. He served as business development manager for an Internet startup, providing the business with a marketing infrastructure. He also was a management consultant in the areas of healthcare, telecommunications and e-commerce for Boston Consulting Group.

Mr. Hackney is a prolific writer who worked as an editor and writer after graduating from Harvard. His publications include The Everything Irish History and Heritage Book, The Fearless Critic Restaurant Guide Houston, and McGraw Hill’s GMAT.


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  • Served as lead associate in arbitration of a contract dispute for a national pipeline operator; drafted all pleadings, oversaw discovery, took direct examination of key witness and successfully defended the award in court.
  • Represented an oil supermajor in a contract dispute involving a pipeline environmental liability.
  • Defended a national dialysis provider in two separate Medicare fraud cases involving drug administration; coordinated discovery on the government, oversaw expert witness on healthcare economics.
  • Recovered D&O policy proceeds from an international consortium of insurers for a pipeline operator.


University of Texas School of Law, J.D., highest honors

  • Chancellors Honor Society, Clerk; Order of the Coif
  • Anne Townes and Browne B. Rice Jr. Scholarship (full merit with stipend)
  • 2008 and 2009 national winner of Roscoe Hogan Environmental Law Essay Contest ($5,000 prize)
  • Texas Law Review, Associate Editor, published two Notes

Harvard University, B.A. and M.A., magna cum laude in History of Science

  • Completed undergraduate requirements in three years; earned Masters in fourth year


  • State Bar of Texas


  • If a Helicopter Hits an Offshore Platform and Crashes at Sea, Where Do You Bury the Survivors? 42 Journal of Maritime Law & Commerce 231 (2011)
  • Don’t Mess with Houston, Texas: The Clean Air Act and State/Local Preemption, 88 Texas Law Review 639 (2010)
  • Flipping Daubert: Putting Climate Change Defendants in the Hot Seat, 40 Environmental Law 255 (2010)
  • Ripping Holes in the Dragnet: The Failings of U.C.C. § 9-204(c) as Applied to Consumer Transactions, 87 Texas Law Review 1249 (2009)

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