Since 1907, Burford & Ryburn, L.L.P. has been recognized in the local and statewide legal community as a litigation defense firm and has defended clients in a wide variety of litigation. Litigation has always been a significant part of our legal practice. This experience has taught us the need to respect the business reality that delay is costly. Time is money. We work proactively to resolve cases as quickly and economically as possible, without losing sight of our paramount obligation to our clients.

Our trial lawyers have years of experience in varied backgrounds that equates to unsurpassed legal representation for our clients. We pride ourselves on keeping our clients abreast of all developments in their cases. Our clients include individual attorneys, physicians, and other professionals, insurance companies, individually-owned businesses, and non-profit and for-profit corporations, including Fortune 500 corporations.

We have defended clients in a wide variety of matters, including commercial disputes, medical malpractice, professional liability defense, premises liability and personal injury cases. Insurance related areas of practice include preparation of coverage opinions, defending first party bad faith claims, and handling subrogation actions.

Our lawyers have been at the forefront of major developments in Texas insurance law over the past eight decades. A search of the Texas appellate courts performed in April 2009 revealed 645 cases dating from June 4, 1924 in which our firm was involved. These cases involved a range of clients including casualty and life insurance companies, utilities, railroads, construction companies, oil companies, surety firms, banks and mortgage companies, condemning authorities and steel companies. They also involve virtually every conceivable area of tort and insurance law, including negligence, warranty, bad faith, violation of State Board of Insurance Regulations, gross negligence, intentional injury, civil conspiracy, unfair claims handling, breach of contract, hospital liens, medical malpractice, legal malpractice, workers’ compensation, misrepresentation, and employer liability.

Part of our services includes immediate on-site investigations. We are available to be on-site anywhere in northeast Texas for our regular clients within 3 hours of notification. This service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year. Clients are provided direct office, home, and cell phone numbers of attorneys responsible for handling their claims who will respond to conduct investigations in emergency situations.

Burford & Ryburn, L.L.P. represents clients in civil and appellate matters throughout the State of Texas in both state and federal courts and administrative tribunals.

Areas of expertise include:


  • Commercial, corporate, business disputes
  • Personal injury disputes
  • Product liability disputes

Civil Appeals

  • State and Federal appeals

Clean Claims

  • Debt collection
  • Managed care disputes

Commercial and Business Disputes

  • Business disputes
  • Class actions
  • Contract disputes
  • Director and officer liability
  • Employment litigation
  • Intellectual property litigation
  • Shareholders derivative actions
  • Tortuous interference in business relations

Construction Litigation

  • Construction defects and liability
  • Contract disputes
  • Equipment failure
  • Flooding claims
  • Personal injury / death

Eminent Domain Litigation

  • Condemnation
  • Inverse condemnation
  • Land disputes
  • Mineral disputes

Employment Litigation

  • Contract disputes
  • Discrimination and harassment claims
  • Employer liability
  • Employment practices
  • Non-competition agreements
  • Protection of trade secret information

Insurance Defense

  • Automobile policies
  • Bad faith litigation
  • Comprehensive general liability
  • DTPA claims
  • E&O coverage
  • Excess and umbrella liability
  • Homeowner’s policies
  • Insurance code violations
  • Insurance coverage opinions
  • Non-subscriber litigation
  • Railroad claims
  • Subrogation claims
  • Unfair claims settlement practices
  • Workers’ compensation


  • Contract disputes

Medical Malpractice

  • Health care liability claims: physicians, dentists, residents, nurses, hospitals
  • Heath care providers

Peer Review

Personal Injury Defense

  • Advertising injuries
  • Automobile accidents
  • Bus and common carrier accidents
  • Business interruption
  • Dram Shop Claims
  • Electrical and gas fires
  • Electrical line contact
  • Emergency vehicles and personnel
  • Negligence
  • Premises liability
  • Products liability
  • Security company and security guard liability
  • Sexual abuse liability
  • Slander / Defamation
  • Toxic and mass torts

Professional Liability Defense

  • Accountants, financial planners, and accounting firms
  • Architects and architectural firms
  • Attorneys and law firms
  • Engineers and engineering firms
  • Insurance brokers and agents, and insurance companies
  • Legal malpractice
  • Realtors, agents, and real estate companies

Real Estate Litigation

  • Land disputes
  • Landlord / tenant disputes
  • Nuisance and trespass