Ratliff Law Firm PLLC

Ratliff Law Firm PLLC

Ratliff Law Firm, founded in 2003 by its principal, Shannon H. Ratliff, is the culmination of over thirty years of providing exceptional legal services to clients.

Firm Overview

Strategic in all aspects, Ratliff Law Firm combines a select group of professionals, including not only exceptional attorneys but also fine support staff, located in premier facilities in the heart of the Texas capital and just a few blocks from state and federal courthouses.

Ratliff Law Firm is different in concept, devoted in commitment, and dedicated to serving its clients. The cornerstone of Ratliff Law Firm's reputation is its readiness, willingness, and ability to take cases to trial, no matter how complex or difficultand Ratliff Law Firm does what it takes to get the job done.

Ratliff Law Firm is a forward-looking specialized law firm built on dedicated and experienced trial lawyers and professionals with one goal: to meet the needs of its clients, regardless of whether they involve complex business litigation, civil appellate issues, energy matters, or general litigation. A conscious cohesion of individuals committed to a standard of excellence, Ratliff Law Firm does not limit itself, as do some boutique firms, solely to a defined subset of practice areas. Ratliff Law Firm is first and foremost a trial team well equipped to handle a variety of matters with the trademark Ratliff Law Firm devotion to legal integrity. If a matter in need of superior representation is placed before the group, the firm will undertake the fight. Ratliff Law Firm is neither exclusively a plaintiff's nor a defendant's firm.

Ratliff Law Firm also stands ready to enter an existing fray in either a supporting or co-counsel role. Ratliff Law Firm has a history of joining forces with advocates in the midst of battle, quickly coming up to speed on the matter. Ratliff Law Firm can align not only for the trial conflict but also for any appellate fight, coming on board anywhere from pre-petition to charge conference, even up to the point of appellate briefing or argument.

Simplification is another Ratliff Law Firm characteristic. Ratliff Law Firm's innovative approach includes its recognition that modern technological breakthroughs allow a streamlining in the practice of law previously unavailable to lawyer and client. Its attorney roster is selectively compact. A camaraderie exists within the firm that cannot be had in larger organizations, and a familial feeling is encouraged and enjoyed by both attorney and client. Relationship is valued at Ratliff Law Firm.

Nonetheless, if a fight gets big, Ratliff Law Firm has strategic alliances at the ready. Ratliff Law Firm has experience in winning the biggest of legal wars while providing a personalized level of service and individualized response.

Main Office

Main Office
600 Congress Avenue, Suite 3100
Austin, TX 78701




Ratliff Law Firm offers a broad base of civil litigation experience and a depth of talent that allows clients to bring their most challenging and pressing concerns to the firmwith few limits to the kind of issues the firm can address.

The firm's philosophy is that if it believes it can make a difference for the client, it will take the case.

Unlike other firms, Ratliff Law Firm is not organized into practice groups or sections. Instead, the focus is on the firm's litigation expertise and advocacy skills, both at the trial and appellate levels, in federal and state courts. This expertise can be brought to bear in any kind of case.

Though Ratliff Law Firm does not specialize in limited areas of practice, this page summarizes some of the areas in which the firm more commonly practices. The firm has experience in virtually all kinds of civil disputes, from simple breaches of contract to the most complex multi-district litigation. In addition, the firm's principal, Shannon Ratliff, is an experienced arbitrator, often selected to hear cases involving complex commercial disputes involving a wide range of business matters.

We believe few firms offer the unique blend of experience and skillcoupled with a high level of service to the clientin such a compact and efficient form as Ratliff Law Firm.

Summary of Practice Areas
-Class Actions
-Complex Commercial Litigation
-Employment and Labor Law
-General Civil Litigation
-Energy Litigation
-Tort Liability
-Securities Litigation

Shannon Ratliff

Ratliff Law Firm PLLC

In his practice, Shannon Ratliff represents clients in a broad range of complex civil litigation and appellate matters. A former partner at both McGinnis, Lochridge & Kilgore, L.L.P., and Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld L.L.P., Mr. Ratliff has also been retained as lead appellate counsel, arguing cases before numerous state appellate courts as well as the Texas Supreme Court and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth, Sixth, and Ninth Circuits.

Mr. Ratliff has co-written with Richard Fordyce several in-depth articles on emerging topics in the law. These have included: Leaving It (Mostly) Up to You: Making Choices in Arbitration Agreements in the Oil and Gas Producing States, 26th Annual Advanced Oil, Gas & Energy Resources Law Conference (State Bar of Texas) (Sept. 26, 2008) (San Antonio, Texas) (with Richard Fordyce); Silence Isn't Always Golden: Making Choices in Arbitration Agreements in the Oil and Gas Producing States, 59th Annual Oil and Gas Law Conference (Inst. for Energy L./The Center for Am. & Int'l Law) (Feb. 21, 2008) (Houston, Texas)(with Richard Fordyce); Shoreline Boundaries: Current Controversies Involving Erosion & Subsidence, 2d Texas Coastal Law Conference (CLE International) (May 18 & 19, 2006) (Galveston, Texas) (with Richard Fordyce); and Shoreline Boundaries, Part 1: Legal Principles, 1st Texas Coastal Law Conference (CLE International) (May 19 & 20, 2005) (Houston, Texas) (with Richard Fordyce). In addition, Mr. Ratliff is a frequent speaker at oil and gas law conferences.

Identified consistently as a Texas Super Lawyer, including selection as one of the Top 100 Lawyers nationwide, Mr. Ratliff's civil litigation practice has included representation of corporations, both as plaintiffs and defendants, in a wide variety of matters including antitrust, complex commercial disputes, and oil and gas litigation. He has served as lead counsel for several Fortune 500 companies in matters with amounts in controversy ranging from millions to multi-billion dollars in damages. He has been listed since 1991 in The Best Lawyers in America and is currently listed under several specialties, including Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Litigation-Antitrust, Litigation-Banking & Finance, Litigation-Construction, Litigation-Intellectual Property, Litigation-Patent, Litigation-Real Estate, Litigation-Securities, Natural Resources Law, and Oil & Gas Law. In addition, Chambers USA has ranked him in its top tier for Energy and Natural Resources Litigation. He was recently named The Best Lawyers 2013 Bet-the-Company Litigation "Lawyer of the Year" for Austin, and is the recipient of the Texas Lawyer Go-To Lawyer Award for Energy Law in 2012.

Mr. Ratliff has received numerous awards and achievements, including the Ronald D. Secrest Outstanding Trial Lawyer Award from the Texas Bar Foundation (2005), the Outstanding Lifetime Achievement in Energy Litigation Award from the Institute for Energy Law of the Center for American and International Law (2005), the Distinguished Lawyer Award from the Austin Bar Association (2005), the Outstanding Alumnus Award from the University of Texas Law Alumni Association (2003), and the Distinguished Alumnus of the University of Texas at Austin (1996). Mr. Ratliff served as an assistant to Lyndon Baines Johnson in his roles as Senate majority leader, Vice President, and ultimately President. In addition, Mr. Ratliff clerked for Justice Tom C. Clark, United States Supreme Court.


University of Texas School of Law