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About D. Ryan Cordell, Jr.

Mr. Cordell has experience handling a variety of complex commercial litigation matters including contract disputes, tortious business conduct, trade secret misappropriation, and infringement of various other types of intellectual property. Mr. Cordell also has experience in mass torts and personal injury litigation.

At Tulane University Law School, Mr. Cordell served as the Senior Managing Editor of the Tulane Environmental Law Journal, and as a justice on the Tulane Honor Board. Mr. Cordell graduated cum laude, with a certificate in Environmental Law.

Mr. Cordell joined Hicks Thomas in 2022. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Cordell practiced at an intellectual property and commercial litigation boutique in Houston.

Practice Emphasis


  • Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana
    • B.S., M.S., Environmental Biology
    • Minor, Business
  • Tulane University Law School, New Orleans, Louisiana
    • J.D., cum laude
    • Certificate – Environmental Law
    • Senior Managing Editor, Tulane Environmental Law Journal
    • Justice, Tulane University Law School Honor Board

Court Admissions

  • Eastern District of Texas, U.S. District Court
  • Northern District of Texas, U.S. District Court
  • Southern District of Texas, U.S. District Court
  • Western District of Texas, U.S. District Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Honors & Distinctions

  • Named to Lawdragon X - The Next Generation list (2023)

Professional Memberships

  • State Bar of Texas
  • American Bar Association
  • Houston Bar Association – Litigation – Council Member
  • Houston Intellectual Property Law Association

Publications/Speaking Engagements


  • The Mardi Gras Pass: Coastal Restoration and Public Rights in a Mississippi River Distributary Channel, 30 Tul. Envtl. L.J. 325 (2017).
  • Sierra Club v. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission: The D.C. Circuit Upholds FERC’s Regional NEPA Analysis for Freeport Projects; Punts on Issue of LNG Export Environmental Impacts, 30 Tul. Envtl. L.J. 123 (2016).