Ryan A. Starnes


Prior to joining BMD, Ryan Starnes was a founding member of Libby Sparks Willis Starnes PLLC. He represents clients in a broad range of litigation matters and has significant experience in construction law, commercial litigation, and intellectual property disputes. Ryan is well-respected as an aggressive advocate on behalf of his clients and takes pride in his highly organized approach to managing cases, mastering both the facts and the law so that he can go into any courtroom or negotiation knowing the case better than his adversary. He is committed to providing clients with individualized service, placing a high value on responsiveness, efficiency, and excellence.



University of Missouri, J.D. (2009)
University of Missouri, B.A., Biology (2006)


Ryan has written and lectured extensively on copyright law in the context of design professionals such as architects and engineers, as well as risk management and ethics issues in the construction industry.

Professional Honors & Awards

  • Best Lawyers Under 40, D Magazine, 2018, 2019
  • Texas Super Lawyers, Rising Stars (2015 - 2018)
  • Dallas Bar Association, Civil Trial Academy, 2013

Publications & Presentations

  • A Primer on Trademarks (2018)
  • Contracts, Risk Management and the Bottom Line (2014, 2017)
  • Top 10 Contractual Provisions for Design Professionals (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015)
  • Handling Ethical Issues in Civil Engineering Practice (2016)
  • Improve Responsiveness to Impress Clients (ABA Litigation Section, published 2015)
  • Greenwashing Risk Management for Design Professionals (2014)
  • Legal Considerations in Digital Practice and the AIA Documents (2014)
  • Teaming Arrangements for Professional Engineers (2014)
  • Enforcement and Defense of Gas Well Ordinances (2013)
  • Copyrights and Architectural Works (2013)
  • The Impact of BIM on the Design Profession (2013)
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