Phone: (713) 652-2525
Fax: (713) 652-5130
E-mail: rcantu@jdkglaw.com
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Focus Areas

Commercial and Consumer Litigation
Auto Dealerships
Creditor/Investor Disputes
Commercial Transactions
Personal Injury

Ryan Cantu is a native of Laredo, Texas.   He began his career handling cases involving first-party insurance defense and complex insurance coverage matters and has experience in a wide range of civil litigation.   Ryan has defended companies in matters involving catastrophic personal injury, commercial automobile accidents, construction defects, oilfield liability, and real estate.  He has also successfully represented minors in pro-bono immigration cases through Catholic Charities.

Ryan currently focuses on general commercial litigation with a focus on representing automobile dealerships.

While in law school, Mr. Cantu was a member of the prestigious South Texas Moot Court Program and he won awards in brief writing and oral advocacy. He also interned for two federal judges: the Honorable Judge Marina Garcia Marmolejo in Laredo, Texas and the Honorable Nancy Atlas in Houston, Texas.  He also interned for former Judge Joseph “Tad” Halbach of the 333rd District Court of Harris County. Before law school, he attended the University of Texas at Austin where he double majored in Government and Spanish-Portuguese.

Mr. Cantu is an active member of the Houston Bar Association and the Mexican American Bar Association of Houston. He is also a licensed United States Customs Broker and speaks both Spanish and Portuguese.

Bar Admissions

State Bar of Texas
United States District and Bankruptcy Courts, Southern District of Texas
United States District and Bankruptcy Courts, Eastern District of Texas
United States District and Bankruptcy Courts, Northern District of Texas


South Texas College of Law, cum laude – 2013
The University of Texas at Austin, Government and Spanish/Portuguese – 2008

Notable Achievements

  • Obtained summary judgment invalidating mechanics-and-materialmen’s liens for commercial real-estate developer.
  • Obtained Rule 91a dismissal of invalid survival claims arising out of murder at local retails store.
  • Obtained summary judgments in favor of contractors in large commercial construction-defect lawsuits.
  • Advised primary and excess carriers about exposure from claims by higher-tiered carriers arising out of 8-figure trial verdicts.