Prior to founding the Brannan Firm, Ryan served in the executive branch of state government for almost a decade. A three time gubernatorial appointee, Brannan has been appointed by both Governor Greg Abbott and Governor Rick Perry to serve as the Commissioner of Workers’ Compensation. Prior to his appointments, he served as an advisor to Governor Rick Perry in the Office of Budget, Planning and Policy. In this capacity, he advised the Governor on a wide range of budget and policy issues including all lines of insurance, public health, tort reform and legal issues, land use and eminent domain, as well as gaming and racing.
Before serving in the executive branch, Ryan advocated in the capitol and wrote extensive position papers for both the Texas Public Policy Foundation and Dallas County Republican Party. His subject areas of expertise ranged from insurance legislation and litigation issues to electricity markets and telecommunications.
Ryan has extensive knowledge and experience in Texas' regulatory arenas. Additionally, he has worked to pass eminent domain reform legislation, and tort reform legislation. He also worked with the Governor’s economic develop team and legislative budget committees to ensure favorable outcomes for Texas businesses.
His work has been published or mentioned in at least 16 periodicals, including the Wall Street Journal, Texas Lawyer, the Dallas Morning News, the Houston Chronicle, and the Austin-American Statesman. He began his public policy career in the D.C. offices of Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison.
Ryan has also worked as a practicing attorney and as a business owner. He has represented clients on all aspects of commercial and insurance litigation in private practice and served as a co-founder and director of a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. He has served on numerous boards and committees.
He received a B.A. and M.B.A. from Southern Methodist University and a law degree from the University of Oklahoma. He is a current member of the Texas State Bar and Austin Bar Association. Ryan currently lives in Austin with his wife and two daughters, and is active in the Austin Baptist Church.
B.A & M.B.A
Southern Methodist University
University of Oklahoma
Activities & Affiliations
• Texas State Bar
• Austin Bar Association