Deborah C. Ryan

USA: Texas

Squire Patton Boggs
2000 McKinney Ave, Suite 1700
Dallas, TX 75201
United States

Tel: +1 214 758 6628
Fax: +1 214 758 1550


Deborah Ryan serves as Americas chair of the global Real Estate Practice. She has devoted her practice to all aspects of commercial real estate investments, development and financing. She has represented both landlords and tenants in leases ranging from long-term ground leases to office leases. She has represented both sellers and purchasers in the acquisition of real estate and partnership interests.

Deborah has represented one of Wall Street’s largest banks in connection with real estate construction lending and some of the nation’s most active commercial real estate developers in connection with development and redevelopment of complex, high-profile properties, including historic properties, many of which involve economic incentives from cities and counties in the form of tax increment financing, tax abatements or other economic development tools. Deborah is a recognized expert in mixed-use, high-rise condominium developments and residential condominiums governed by the Texas Uniform Condominium Act and the Interstate Land Sales Full Disclosure Act.

Deborah began her practice in 1984 not long before the S&L crisis. For many years, her practice focused almost exclusively on real estate workouts and foreclosures. She also assisted in numerous real estate single asset bankruptcies and structured workouts. Deborah has advised lenders, developers and investors on distressed debt and assets, default strategy, real estate workouts, pre-foreclosure strategy, foreclosure and acquisition and disposition of distressed real estate and debt.

Deborah also uses her deal management and real property skills to serve renewable energy clients. She has acted as lead Texas counsel for large loans for wind and farm and solar projects and has provided a wide range of legal advice, including real estate, FAA, FERC, NERC, PUC, ERCOT and environmental. She has also worked on site development agreements for wind farm development projects.

She has a strong working relationship with the city of Dallas, including the mayor’s office, members of city council, the city manager and assistance city managers, the city attorney’s office and numerous departments throughout the city, from the Department of Economic Development to the Department of Development Services. Throughout the course of her career practicing in the Dallas region, Deborah has developed a strong network of relationships at all levels of city and county government and regularly engages with the city on matters of all size and scope.

  • Recognized as “Best in Real Estate” at Euromoney Legal Media Group’s Americas Women in Business Law Awards 2018
  • Recognized as “Best in Real Estate” at the Euromoney Legal Media Group’s Americas Women in Business Law Awards 2017
  • Recognized as one of the “Most Prominent Women in Business – 2017” by North America News Magazine
  • Named a 2016 Women of Influence by Real Estate Forum
  • Recognized by the Dallas Business Journal’s 2015 Women in Business
  • Rated AV® Preeminent™ 5 out of 5, the highest ranking for legal ability and professional ethics, in Real Estate and Renewable Energy by Martindale-Hubbell, 2000-present
  • Continental Who’s Who, Registry of Professionals and Executives
  • Strathmore’s Who’s Who, Registry of Business Leaders
  • Northern Lights Award, North District, Circle Ten Council, Boy Scouts of America, 2007

We provide comprehensive, results-driven legal services to guide you through all aspects of commercial real estate activity. We act as trusted advisors to investors, developers and lenders, helping to maximize the benefits of their activities across the globe.

We can share our expertise across the full range of real estate legal services, from acquisition, planning, financing, construction, leasing through to the disposal of real estate assets. We represent clients in all real estate sectors: office, retail, industrial, multifamily residential, healthcare and hospitality.

We have genuine global commercial real estate capabilities. Our team draws on the collective experience from across the firm enabling, us to address the full range of challenges, including public finance and legislative matters that may impact the long-term success of our clients’ real estate activities. You will benefit from our:

  • Global footprint – Invaluable insight into cross-border strategies, with more than 150 lawyers advising on jurisdictional differences to help create effective global strategies
  • Sector expertise – We have real-world experience in a number of sectors, enabling us to provide a superior value proposition
  • End-to-end service – An integrated service, covering everything from litigation to tax, helps ensure your real estate activities contribute significant value to your business, whether as operational property or for investment purposes
Squire Patton Boggs is a full service global law firm providing insight at the point where law, business and government meet, giving you a voice, supporting your ambitions and achieving successful outcomes.
Our client base spans every type of business, both private and public, worldwide. We advise a diverse mix of clients, from Fortune 100 and FTSE 100 corporations to emerging companies, and from individuals to local and national governments. In the private sector, we provide the full range of legal advice required to implement practical strategies and resolve disputes. In the public sector, we counsel governments on privatization of whole industries and on establishment of regulatory systems under which new private businesses can compete. We also serve the regional needs of the countries and cities we call home.

Whatever is needed, we are able to deliver the seamless cross-practice, cross-border and industry-specific support that clients require for success in today’s competitive markets. With offices in 20 countries on five continents, our global legal practice is in the markets where our clients do business. We also have strong working relationships with independent firms in Europe and Latin America.

Our extensive practice and industry knowledge is shared via one of the most robust technology platforms in the legal business, as well as ongoing rotation of lawyers to our offices around the world. In addition, we apply knowledge- and project-management tools to implement continual business process improvements and enhance the value of our legal services.

Clients expect knowledge of their business, as well as high-quality legal skills from their law firms. Our combination of legal and industry experience allows us to better analyze client requirements and develop the right approach for the matter at hand. Clients receive tested insight and guidance from a team that understands their needs and is able to offer tailored solutions.

We are dedicated to our clients’ success, and their satisfaction shows it. We continue to advise successor organizations of clients that we represented at our formation some 120 years ago.

“Recognized as “Best in Real Estate” at Euromoney Legal Media Group’s Americas Women in Business Law Awards 2018”
Awards, 2018