Chris Ryman



Practice Areas
Construction/Surety Law
Real Estate Law

Chris has been a Director with Coats Rose since 1990, and brings over twenty-five years of experience to bear for the Firm’s clients. He handles general civil litigation, mediation and arbitration matters, in addition to construction, commercial, business and real estate litigation.

After receiving his degree from the University of Houston Law Center, Chris spent three years as an Associate at Leonard, Koehn, Rose & Hurt. In 1982, he co-founded the Firm of Rose & Ryman as a Partner, and in 1990 his Firm was merged with Coats Rose.

Chris was a participant in legislation relating to the Texas Residential Construction Liability Act. He has received Advanced Mediator Training at the Attorney-Mediators Institute, and Commercial and Construction Arbitration Training at the American Arbitration Association. He was also Board Certified in 1987 by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, Civil Trial Law

He is father to Audrey, Rachel and Katherine Ryman.

Practice Emphasis

Chris has represented owners, homebuilders, architects, engineers, design professionals, general contractors and subcontractors involved in commercial and residential construction disputes; represented individuals, equipment lessors and financial institutions in collection, foreclosure and lender liability disputes; and defended individuals and companies in tort claims and construction accidents. His construction law practice includes all types of commercial and residential claims, litigation and arbitration. Chris's tort litigation experience includes construction accidents, premises and product liability claims. He has also handled commercial litigation, business litigation, real estate litigation and frequently serves as an arbitrator and mediator in all types of disputes. 


Southwestern University (B.A., cum laude, 1975)
University of Houston (J.D., 1979)


1979, Texas
U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
U.S. District Court, Northern, Southern, Eastern, and Western Districts of Texas


State Bar of Texas (Executive Council, Construction Law Section, Construction Law Council)
2003-2006, Member, State Bar of Texas Grievance Committee
2004-2006, Chairman, State Bar of Texas Grievance Committee, District 04A3
Texas Bar Foundation – Fellow
Houston Bar Association
Houston Bar Association – Life Fellow
Texas Association of Builders (Member, Attorney’s Council)
National Association of Home Builders
Defense Research Institute
2007 Co-Vice Chair, DRI Construction Law
Publications Chair, DRI Construction Law
American Arbitration Association
International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution
National Arbitration Forum
Greater Houston Builders Association
HomeAid Houston (Member, Advisory Board)
Industry Member, Texas Residential Construction Commission Warranty and Performance
Standards Advisory Committee
State Bar of Texas

Publications and Presentations

Published Appellate Cases