Born in Houston, Ryan McFarlin has lived in big and small communities alike, such as Humble, Kingwood, Cleburne, Waco, Waxahachie, Georgetown, and even the East Texas oil town of Van. Having moved around a lot as a child and young adult, Ryan enjoys meeting new people and hearing their stories.
Setting his sights on medical school since the age of ten, Ryan graduated in the top 3% of his class at Waxahachie High School. He then attended Southwestern University at Georgetown where he studied Biology and Chemistry and minored in Political Science. Feeling the pull to go in an unlikely direction, Ryan decided to go to law school so that he could not just help people, but be their voice and their advocate too. Attending Baylor Law School was a logical choice as his uncle and his mother before him are also Baylor Law alumni.
During law school, Ryan had the honor of clerking for the Honorable Mary Murphy, Judge of the 14th District Court in Dallas County. Following his clerkship with Judge Murphy, now a Justice on the 5th Court of Appeals, Ryan clerked for the Honorable Marilea Lewis of the 330th District Court in Dallas County. It was in these two courtrooms where Ryan decided he wanted to spend the rest of his career -- helping those that needed help in a court of law.
Following law school, Ryan accepted a position at the United States Small Business Administration -- Office of Disaster Assistance as a case manager for the victims of Hurricanes Katrina, Wilma, and Rita. Here, Ryan assisted disaster victims with the loan closing process so that they could rebuild their homes and their lives. While at the SBA, he addressed legal questions involving loan eligibility, permissible liens and encumbrances, and mortgage/deed of trust vesting.
Ryan then followed his dream of becoming a litigator at a small personal injury firm in Dallas. While at that firm, Ryan gained extensive trial and courtroom experience, managed a litigation portfolio of 45 to 100 cases at any given time, and became the assistant case manager for the firm's multi-district litigation drug and products liability cases: Vioxx, Medtronic, and Guidant.
Deciding that he wanted to focus on his goal of providing honest and prudent legal advice, Ryan started The McFarlin Firm in September 2008.
In the little free time he has, Ryan enjoys water skiing, snow skiing, attending automotive events, driving, cooking, and spending time with his dear friends and family and his rebellious Siberian Husky, Isabella.
Baylor University School of Law; Waco, Texas
J.D., April 2006
Extensive mock trial experience through participation in Practice Court Program;
Director of "Big Bear Share & Read" Program;
BarBri Bar Review On-campus Representative; administered course in Dallas, Texas.
Southwestern University; Georgetown, Texas
B.A. in Biology, Chemistry and Political Science minors, May 2002
Student of the Month - Senior Year;
Beta Beta Beta - Biology Honors Society;
Waxahachie High School; Waxahachie, Texas, May 1998
State Bar of Texas, admitted November 2006
State Bar of Oklahoma, admitted October 2008
State Bar of Arizona, admitted April 2013
U.S. District Courts for the Eastern Districts of Texas
Professional Awards & Memberships
Texas Trial Lawyers Association, Member, 2011-present
William "Mac" Taylor Inn of Court
Barrister Member, 2011-present
Associate Member, 2010-2011
Patrick E. Higginbotham Inn of Court Associate Member, 2007-2008
Dallas Bar Association, Member, 2007-present
Bench Bar Committee, 2008-present
Community Involvement Committee
Summer Law Intern Program Committee
Co-Vice Chair, 2009
Employer Orientation Speaker, 2008
Dallas Association of Young Lawyers, 2007-present
Texas High School Mock Trial Competition, Judge, March 2013
Dallas Independent School District, Career Education & Workforce Partnerships Certificate of Appreciation, May 2011
Omaha Healthcare Ctr., LLC v. Wilma Johnson, 246 S.W.3d 278 (Tex. App.Texarkana 2008), reversed by 344 S.W.3d 392 (Tex. 2011).
Pate v. MSDW Office Partners, LP, et al., 2010 WL 3025589 (Tex. App.Dallas 2010).