Ryan M. Walters

Ryan Walters

Title: Attorney
Company: Keleher & McLeod
Location: Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States

Ryan M. Walters, an Of Counsel attorney at Keleher & McLeod, P.A., has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Lawyers for his outstanding achievements and dedication to the practice of law as a commercial litigator.

Mr. Walters practices in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and is licensed to practice in both New Mexico and Texas. Mr. Walters regularly handles defense and prosecution of a variety of commercial disputes, including complex disputes between businesses. He also represents clients in real estate and collection cases such as commercial real estate disputes, contested business collection suits, and contested residential foreclosures. Mr. Walters has assisted many businesses over the years with their outside general counsel and local counsel needs, including employment advice and contract negotiation matters. He has represented clients in several jury trials and final arbitration hearings involving commercial tort, employment, and construction defect claims.

Before joining Keleher & McLeod, Mr. Walters served as an associate at the Am Law 100 law firm Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP and the Am Law 200 firm Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP. In 2011, he began his legal career as a law clerk to United States District Court Judge James O. Browning of the District of New Mexico. Mr. Walters received his Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Texas at Austin in 2008 and earned his Juris Doctor from the Baylor Law School in 2011. He began serving as a board member of the State Bar Business Law Section in 2021. Mr. Walters is also an active member of the H. Vearle Payne American Inn of Court.

Mr. Walters is an avid writer who has published a number of law review articles, including his most recent article in 2018 with the Texas Review of Law of Politics entitled How to Tell a Fake: Fighting Back Against Fake News on the Front Lines of Social Media, 23 Tex. Rev. L. & Pol. 111 (2018). One of his other pieces on the intersection of technology and the First Amendment is the piece When Can You Shoot the Messenger? Understanding the Legal Protections for Entities Providing Information on Business Products and Services in the Digital Age, 96 Or. L. Rev. 185 (2017).

Mr. Walters draws much of his inspiration when practicing law from his father Gene Walters, who set up his practice in Lubbock, Texas in the 1980s. One of his other mentors is his former boss, Judge James Browning, who is legendary for his intellect, work ethic, and professionalism.

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