BakerHostetler Adds Energy Litigation Partner in Houston

Press Releases / August 1, 2022

HOUSTON — August 1, 2022

Key takeaways
  • Ryan A. Pittman joins BakerHostetler’s Houston office as a partner in the firm’s Litigation Practice Group and as a member of the firm’s Energy Industry team.
  • With a decade of experience in private law practice, Pittman has represented operators in various aspects of oil and gas litigation, including exploration and production companies, midstream companies, and public utilities.
  • Pittman’s arrival marks another strategic addition to BakerHostetler’s Houston office. Since 2020, the firm has added nearly 25 attorneys in the region, including Michael Cortez, who joined the Business Practice Group in May.
Why this matters

Pittman’s arrival at BakerHostetler is a key addition to the firm’s Chambers USA-ranked oil and gas litigation team. He is a versatile attorney who has an impressive legal resume and worked as an independent landman before law school. With this experience, Pittman brings valuable energy-industry skills and knowledge to his legal practice and the clients he serves.

Key quote

“We are very pleased to welcome Ryan Pittman to BakerHostetler. His practice perfectly aligns with our firm’s strategic focus on energy litigation, especially in Texas,” said W. Ray Whitman, chair of BakerHostetler’s national Litigation Practice Group. “His proven litigation skills and ability to guide companies through complex trials will be a tremendous asset to the firm and our clients.”

About Pittman’s practice

Pittman joins from a Chambers USA-ranked international law firm. He represents clients in various oil and gas litigation matters, including oil field accidents and other catastrophic events, lease and title disputes, royalty class actions, property damage claims, pipeline condemnations, trade secrets, and title disputes. As a lead trial lawyer in state and federal courts, Pittman has tried numerous cases to verdict. His clients include operators, exploration and production companies, midstream companies, and public utilities.

In addition to his formidable litigation skills, Pittman has a transactional practice, advising companies on asset sales and purchases, mergers and acquisitions, regulatory procedures and compliance policies, and drafting and negotiating various oil field contracts.

Pittman received his B.S. from Oklahoma State University and his J.D., with highest honors, from The University of Tulsa College of Law, where he was on the staff of the Energy Law Journal and chair of the Order of the Curule.

Key quotes

“Ryan Pittman is an exciting new addition to BakerHostetler’s Houston office and the firm’s highly regarded Energy Industry team,” said Houston Managing Partner Matthew Caligur. “He is a skilled practitioner with the personal and professional qualities we look for and our clients have come to expect.”

“Ryan Pittman has a diverse practice that includes litigation and transactional work for a wide variety of energy industry companies. His experience is an excellent fit with our Energy team,” said L. Poe Leggette, Energy Industry team leader. “Not only are his legal skills top-notch, but his prior work as a landman will also provide clients with a valued insider perspective.”

About BakerHostetler’s Litigation Practice Group

With more than 400 litigators in offices coast to coast, BakerHostetler’s Litigation Practice Group represents market-leading clients in virtually every type of case and proceeding, nationally and worldwide. The group’s roster of litigators includes former prosecutors, veteran civil trial lawyers and former enforcement officials from various government agencies. Recognized as a “go-to law firm” for its deep bench, commitment to client needs and tenacity, and named by BTI as “Most Feared in Litigation,” BakerHostetler’s Litigation Practice Group successfully protects clients in and out of the courtroom.

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About BakerHostetler

With hundreds of highly ranked attorneys across multiple practice areas, BakerHostetler helps clients around the world address their most complex and critical business and regulatory issues, delivering sophisticated counsel and outstanding client service. The firm has six core practice groups – Business, Digital Assets and Data Management, Intellectual Property, Labor and Employment, Litigation, and Tax, composed of more than 1,000 lawyers located coast to coast. For more information, visit