—Houston Chronicle 9/25/12
and graduated from Katy-Taylor High School. He attended Baylor University, where he served as Vice President of the Student Body during his junior year and graduated with honors in 2001. In 2006, Ryan graduated from the South Texas College of Law Houston and went to work for the Harris County District Attorney. On August 24, 2012, Governor Perry appointed Ryan to the District Court, and on November 6th, Ryan was elected to a full four-year term. Ryan was the youngest District Court judge in the State of Texas during his service.
Ryan reduced pending trials by more than 35%. In 2013, Ryan implemented new docket management procedures that helped facilitate one of the most efficient criminal courts in the county. Ryan’s use of technology, new business practices, and simple hard work transformed his court.
and before attending law school, Ryan worked for the mayoral campaign of Orlando Sanchez in 2001, Dr. Kyle Janek’s 2002 Texas Senate campaign, and until 2004 the Harris County Republican Party as its Political Director. In law school, Ryan was nationally recognized as a top mock trial advocate, won speaking and advocacy awards regionally and nationally, and was inducted into the prestigious Order of Barristers. During law school, he could be heard filling in on KSEV for his dad, Lt. Governor Dan Patrick.
and tried over 50 jury trials, including many high profile drunk driving fatalities. In 2011, Ryan secured a life sentence on a 1985 cold case murder and in 2012 successfully prosecuted the vandalism of a priceless Picasso painting at the Menil Gallery. Both as a prosecutor and as a judge, Ryan was a frequent speaker and trainer on the law surrounding drunk/drugged driving and the “no refusal” warrant process employed by many jurisdictions in Texas. While on the bench, Ryan served as chairman of the Justice Information Management Systems Executive Committee, coordinating new technology in the courthouse. Ryan became the test court for any new technology being implemented in the criminal courts.
In 2006, Ryan was sworn in as an Assistant District Attorney. Ryan served in the Justice Courts, Juvenile Courts, as a Chief in the Misdemeanor Division, and in numerous felony District Courts. In 2008, Ryan was promoted to the Special Prosecutions Bureau. There, Ryan exclusively investigated and prosecuted drunk driving fatalities in Harris County. Ryan has been recognized by Mothers Against Drunk Driving three times for his success in this field. Ryan finished his career with the District Attorney assigned to the Major Offenders Division, where he handled international narcotics trafficking, money laundering prosecutions, and personally directed the multi-agency prosecutions of Houston area “pill mills” and “doctor shopping.”
In his more than four years on the bench, Ryan tried more jury trials than all but one other court and was one of the most efficient courts by nearly any benchmark.
In January 2017, Ryan opened his own law practice, where his focus is on felony criminal defense.
who now stays at home with their three kids; seven, three and newborn. In his free time, Ryan enjoys camping and traveling with his family, coaching little league baseball, and model trains with his dad and son. A licensed pilot and SCUBA diver, Ryan is also a member of The Federalist Society, The Texas Public Policy Foundation’s Liberty Leadership Council, The College of the State Bar of Texas, Houston Bar Association, Galveston Bar Association, Christian Legal Society, American Judges Association, the National Judicial College, and Houston Young Lawyers Association. The Patricks are active members at Houston’s First Baptist Church, where Ryan teaches a Sunday Bible study.