Ryan Eletto’s practice involves complex commercial litigation, government enforcement, investigations, and white collar matters. He also has significant experience on government contracts matters (including bid protests), bankruptcy proceedings, and environmental and energy issues. These matters often involve representation of clients before various federal agencies or departments, such as the U.S. Department of Justice, the Government Accountability Office, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and the Securities and Exchange Commission.
He was selected as a Super Lawyers Rising Star in 2018, 2019, and 2020 for the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.
On a pro bono basis, Ryan assists military veterans in seeking service connection or increased benefits for their disability claims. He holds a VA accreditation and is the primary representative of record for multiple veteran clients.
Ryan first gained experience in veterans law issues prior to joining Bracewell, when he served as a law clerk to the Honorable Bruce E. Kasold of the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims.
During law school, he received the Eugene Gressman and Daniel H. Pollitt Oral Advocacy Award and was a member of the Holderness Moot Court National Appellate Advocacy Team.
Recent Notable Matters
Poultry processing company — represented company and its senior management in an industry-wide price-fixing and bid-rigging investigation by the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice
Energy infrastructure company — drafted discovery documents and settlement agreements in matter involving midstream infrastructure project
Downstream oil and gas company — internal investigation of potential violations of environmental, health, and safety laws
Midstream oil and gas company — internal investigation of alleged environmental compliance issues
Technology services and solutions company — provided government contracting advice to company that provides engineering, programmatic and information technology products to the government
Upper Bay Infrastructure Partners — acquisition of Tidewater Transportation & Terminals, a multi-commodity transportation, terminal, and marine construction and repair company serving the Pacific Northwest, from Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners. Upper Bay Infrastructure Partners was the lead investor of a group consisting of Ullico, funds and accounts under management by BlackRock, Silverfern and certain other co-investors.
Affiliate of Brookfield Asset Management Inc — strategic investment with Landmark Infrastructure Partners LP in forming a joint venture to invest in core infrastructure assets
Venoco, Inc. and its affiliated debtors in possession — Chapter 11 petitions in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware to restructure their debt obligations and capital structure and its affiliates Denver Parent Corporation, TexCal Energy (LP) LLC, Whittier Pipeline Corporation, TexCal Energy (GP) LLC, Ellwood Pipeline, Inc., and TexCal Energy South Texas, L.P., which included advocacy at the confluence of bankruptcy and environmental law, drafting discovery documents and other court filings, preparing expert witnesses, and advising on state and federal regulatory issues associated with oil and gas decommissioning
Publications and Speeches
Co-author, “Practitioner Insights: Environmental Auditing in New Regulatory Era,” Bloomberg Environment & Energy Report, February 5, 2018.
What to Expect When You Don’t Know What to Expect: Working the EHS Regulatory Crystal Ball, Young Professionals in Energy Austin Chapter, May 5, 2017.
President Trump’s SCOTUS nominee, Judge Neil Gorsuch, suggests a weakening of the Chevron Doctrine with less deference to rulemaking efforts from EPA, DOI and other federal agencies, Oil & Gas Financial Journal, February 10, 2017.