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221 N. Kansas, Suite 1700
El Paso, TX 79901
Phone: 915.533.4424
Fax: 915.546.5360


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Austin, TX 78705
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Fax: 512.320.5431

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Las Cruces, NM 88011
Phone: 575.527.0023
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Carl E. Ryan

Email: carl.ryan@kempsmith.com
Telephone: 915.533.4424 / Fax: 915.546.5360

Carl E. Ryan is a partner in the firm's Business Department focusing his practice on estate planning, probate and trust matters, gift and estate tax planning and exempt organizations, foundations and related charitable issues.

Mr. Ryan is board certified in estate planning and probate law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization of the State Bar of Texas (since 1983), and is a member of the American Bar Association (Sections of Taxation [Exempt Organizations Committee], Business Law and Real Property, Probate and Trust Law [Special Problems of Charitable Institutions]).

He has participated as an author and speaker in various lectures and seminars sponsored by the State Bar of Texas, the El Paso Bar Association, the El Paso Estate Planning Council, the Council on Foundations, the University of Texas at Austin and other organizations. Mr. Ryan is rated AV by Martindale Hubbell Legal Directory, is a fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, a fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation, listed by The Best Lawyers in America, Woodard and White, 1994-2022, named 2013 El Paso's Trusts and Estates Lawyer of the Year and is a Texas Super Lawyer, Texas Monthly.



  • University of Houston College of Law, 1972


  • State Bar of Texas
    • Section of Real Property, Probate and Trust Law
  • College of the State Bar of Texas
  • Academy of Probate and Trust Lawyers
  • El Paso Probate Bar Association
  • El Paso Bar Association
  • El Paso Estate Planning Council
  • American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, Fellow
  • American Bar Association
    • Section of Taxation
    • Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law


  • Texas, 1972
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court


  • Board Certified, Estate Planning and Probate Law - Texas Board of Legal Specialization

Professional & Civic Involvement

  • Board of Directors - El Paso Art Museum
  • Director, Borderlands Research Foundation - Sul Ross University
  • Board of Visitors, University of Texas McDonald Observatory
  • Director and Secretary, Judd Foundation, New York and Marfa, Texas