Ryan Starbird

Ryan Starbird is a dedicated attorney who joined the Ben Martin Law Group in 2024, where he focuses on claims involving catastrophic injuries and death, including automobile and trucking accidents, medical malpractice, product liability, mass torts, and other personal injury litigation.

A native Houstonian, Ryan moved to Dallas for law school and liked the area so much he still calls it home today. Ryan earned his J.D., cum laude, at SMU Dedman School of Law in 2011. During law school, he was a student attorney at the SMU Civil Clinic and was a member of the International Law Review, SMU’s 2010 National Trial Competition mock trial team, Phi Delta Phi, and the Mac Taylor Inn of Court. He also worked at a personal injury firm for the last year and a half of law school and while studying for the bar exam, gaining invaluable experience and piquing his interest in dedicating his career to helping victims injured by the tortious conduct of others.

After graduating from law school, Ryan spent years representing clients in a wide array of complex civil litigation in courts throughout Texas and across the United States with a focus on commercial litigation before deciding to shift his practice to focus exclusively on advocating for injured individuals. Since then, he has successfully resolved personal injury claims via settlement and at trial, and he is passionate about helping individuals who have been seriously hurt by other people and by companies.

When not practicing law, Ryan enjoys hanging out with his family (including his two young kids), reading, lifting weights, and spending time outdoors.


  • SMU Dedman School of Law Dallas, Texas J.D., cum laude, 2011
  • Trinity University San Antonio, Texas B.A., Political Science, 2008

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Texas, 2011
  • U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Northern Districts of Texas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit


  • Author, “Roadmap to Recover and Retain Awards of Attorney’s Fees”, Headnotes – Dallas Bar Association, October 2019
  • Author, “‘New’ Standards in Error Preservation”, Headnotes – Dallas Bar Association, April 2019
  • Co-author, “Hydraulic Fracturing: An Update on the Legal, Regulatory, and Technical Issues of Fracking,” 2015.
  • Co-author, “Reliance on Oral Promises: Statute of Frauds and ‘Promissory Estoppel,’” 42 Tex. Tech L. Rev. 913 (2010).

Professional Associations

  • State Bar of Texas
  • Phi Delta Phi
  • Eagle Scout, Boy Scout Troop 55, Sam Houston Area Council