Ryan K. French


Practicing law since 2012, Taylor Porter Partner Ryan French handles cases in a variety of areas, including commercial litigation, complex litigation, property rights litigation, construction litigation, church property law, and white collar criminal defense.

Ryan has been ranked by his peers for six consecutive years (2015-2020) among Louisiana Super Lawyers “Rising Stars” in Business Litigation, and also by Best Lawyers in America (2020) in Commercial Litigation.

Ryan’s representative matters include:

  • Serving as lead counsel or co-counsel for local churches in property ownership disputes, including the representation of multiple Presbyterian churches in lawsuits with national entities concerning the existence of a denominational trust.
  • Representing businesses with bad faith insurance claims for wrongful denial of insurance coverage and defense costs.
  • Obtaining breach-of-contract damages on behalf of business-owners, including damages for lost profits and lost business opportunities.
  • Representing businesses against lenders who have failed to honor terms of borrowing agreements and/or promissory notes.
  • Defending a client in multi-million-dollar securities fraud case, gaining experience in complex federal litigation.

Ryan graduated from the Paul M. Hebert Law Center at Louisiana State University, where he served as Executive Senior Editor of the Louisiana Law Review, graduated fourth in his class, and earned the highest grade awards in Legal Writing I and II, Torts, Employment Law, Successions, Sales and Lease, Corporate Law, and Evidence.

Following law school, Ryan clerked for the United States Department of Justice Antitrust Division in Dallas, Texas. He then clerked for the Honorable W. Eugene Davis on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, where he gained experience in admiralty law and drafted admiralty law opinions reshaping the scope of admiralty jurisdiction and LHWCA (Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act) coverage in the Fifth Circuit.

In addition to his legal practice, Ryan boasts a background in accounting and finance, having obtained a B.S. in accounting from LSU where he earned a 4.0 GPA and finished as a University Medalist. Before attending law school, Ryan successfully completed the CPA Exam in 2009. Because of his accounting background, Ryan is better able to understand his clients’ businesses and can personally assess valuation issues, damage calculations, present value determinations, and related expert witness testimony.

Ryan has handled multiple pro bono cases, including successions, unfair trade practice claims, and contested real estate title actions.

Ryan is an Eagle Scout, the highest rank attainable in the Boy Scouts of America program.

In the community, Ryan formerly served on the board of directors for the American Red Cross Louisiana Capital Area-West.

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