Ryan G. Kercher, Esq.

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EMPLOYMENT:

  • Schober & Schober, P.C.Associate
    • 07/2015-Present
    • Representing property owners, small businesses, creditors, and individuals before, during, and after litigation
    • Constitutional litigation: I represent property owners in litigation against governmental entities, including eminent domain litigation
    • Creditors rights litigation: I represent factoring companies and other creditors in courts across Texas in commercial disputes and collection matters
    • Small businesses: I represent of new businesses, small business, and individuals caught up in disputes all across Texas. I work with clients in pre-suit negotiations, filing or responding to litigation, responding to and conducting discovery, motion practice (including summary judgment briefing and argument), mediation, trial, post-trial, and appeals
  • Fee, Smith, Sharp & Vitullo, LLC, Austin, TexasSenior Associate
    • 01/2013-02/2015
    • Represented plaintiffs in state and federal court, in Texas and across the country, in complex business litigation, including breach of fiduciary duty claims, breach of contract, fraud, negligent misrepresentation, negligence, DTPA and Insurance Code claims
    • Litigated complex tax shelter scams involving life insurance policies used as investment vehicles for putative welfare benefit plans
    • Worked with clients from initial meeting to case resolution; draft and file complaints in various jurisdictions; brief and argue motions, including motions to dismiss, demurrers, motions to compel, special exceptions, motions for summary judgment, and post-judgment motions; analyze documents from all parties, and draft/respond to discovery; take depositions; prepare for and participate in mediation; prepare for trial
  • The Kercher Firm, PLLC, Austin, Texas Partner/Member
    • 11/2011-02/2013
    • Served criminal law, family law, and civil litigation clients from pre-suit negotiations through trial
    • Represented clients in misdemeanors, felony trial consultation, divorce, custody matters, landlord/tenant disputes, personal injury, consumer protection
    • Trial experience in felony, criminal, and civil trials
  • Sedgwick, LLP, Austin, Texas Associate Attorney
    • 10/2009-10/2011
    • Litigate and arbitrate complex insurance coverage disputes involving multi-million dollar E&O, D&O and fidelity policies on behalf of Lloyds and London-market insurers, including drafting motions and discovery, negotiating e-discovery issues, taking depositions, and conducting successful mediations
    • Provide ongoing coverage analysis for overseas insurers, with direct client interaction
    • Litigate cases in state and federal court involving Section 1983 claims, and personal injury claims
  • Martin, Disiere, Jefferson & Wisdom, LLP, Austin, Texas Associate Attorney
    • 03/2008-10/2009
    • o First-party insurance litigation, including bad faith and extra-contractual claims on homeowners, commercial, oil & gas, and automotive (UIM/UM) policies, drafting discovery, pleadings (including dispositive motions), interfacing with experts, taking depositions, and conducting successful mediations
    • Defended personal injury cases ranging from simple red light/green light cases, to complex closed head injury matters; responsibility from intake to resolution
  • Office of the Attorney General of the State of Texas, Austin, Texas Assistant Attorney General, Law Enforcement Defense Department
    • 11/2007-03/2008
    • Represented State entities and employees at the trial and appellate level
    • Complete responsibility for over thirty cases

EDUCATION:

  • Baylor Law School J.D., 2007
    • National Trial Competition Mock Trial Team, 2007
    • Tournament of Champions Mock Trial Team, 2006
    • American Bar Association Moot Court Team 2005-06
      • Winner, Washington D.C. National Qualifier
      • Winner of Best Brief Award, Washington D.C. National Qualifier
      • 10th Place Speaker, Washington D.C. National Qualifier
    • Dawson & Sodd Fall Moot Court Competition, 2005
      • 1st Place Team
      • 3rd Place Individual Speaker
    • Tournament of Champions Interscholastic Mock Trial Team, 2006
    • Regional Semi-Finalist, National Trial Competition Interscholastic Mock Trial Team, 2007
    • John W. Joyce Moot Court Award, 2006
    • Brian J. Serr Excellence in Appellate Advocacy Award, 2006
    • Leighton B. Dawson Award for Trial Advocacy, 2006
    • Dawson Moot Court Award, 2006
    • Louis S. Muldrow Jury Argument Award, 2007
    • Matt Dawson Advocacy Award, 2007
    • Order of the Barristers
  • Federal Judicial Externship, Waco, Texas Extern for the Honorable Jeffrey Manske, U.S. Magistrate for the Western District of Texas, 2007
    • Review habeas applications and provide recommendations for resolution
    • Research legal issues arising during trial
  • University of Texas at Austin B.A., 2002
    • Majors: Plan II Honors (including thesis), History, Philosophy; Minor: Spanish
    • UT Undergraduate Mock Trial Team, 1999 – 2002 (Team Captain, 2001-02)
      • Best Advocate, All-American Attorney, 2002 American Mock Trial Assoc. National Competition
      • Best Advocate, Middle Tennessee State University national tournament, 2001
      • Top 10 Attorney/Witness award in every tournament attended, 2000-02

BAR ADMISSIONS

  • Texas State Courts
  • Federal District Court for the Northern, Eastern, Southern and Western Districts of Texas
  • Pro hac vice admissions
    • California state court
    • Florida state court
    • Illinois state court
    • Oklahoma state court
    • New York state court
    • Federal District Court for the Southern District of New York
    • Federal District Court of Colorado
    • Federal District Court for the Western District of Louisiana

PUBLICATIONS

  • Co-editor, ABA D&O Desk Book, 3rd Edition, Chapter 3 “Trigger of Coverage”

OPINIONS

  • Patel v. Sea Nine Associates, Inc., Civil Action No. 3: 13-CV-4491-B (N.D. Tex. May 15, 2014)


PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

  • Barrister, Robert W. Calvert Inn of Court, 2016-Present
  • Diocese of Austin Red Mass Committee, 2016
  • Attorney Coach, University of Texas Undergraduate Mock Trial Association
  • Advocacy consultant, University of Texas School of Law Mock Trial Program
  • Advocacy consultant, Baylor Law School Advocacy Program