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Benjamin L. Ritz

Associate

Phone: (713) 333-5886

Fax: (713) 337-8850

Email: benjamin.ritz@mhllp.com

Office Location: Houston


Benjamin Ritz is an associate at McDowell Hetherington LLP, where he handles administrative appeals and complex commercial and insurance litigation, including actuarial disputes relating to cost of insurance provisions in life insurance policies. Benjamin’s law review article is written in an approachable FAQ-style on the subject of electronic discovery to help clients and attorneys navigate the complex issues involved in the collection and processing of electronically stored information.

Benjamin has extensive experience with state and trial chambers, including the Supreme Court of Texas, the Supreme Court of Ireland, two appellate courts, and two trial courts. Also, while studying abroad in Prague, he had the opportunity to take a class on U.S. Supreme Court history with Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr. Prior to joining the firm, Benjamin served as a law clerk at the Southern District of Texas and as a briefing attorney at the First Court of Appeals in Houston, Texas, where he assisted judges in the screening of cases and the drafting of opinions and judgments.

Benjamin completed his undergraduate at Colby College and graduated second in his class from South Texas College of Law. He is an Eagle Scout.

Outside the office, Benjamin enjoys spending time with his son, attending conventions with his author wife, playing board games, attending and participating in theater, trying new restaurants, and traveling. Benjamin is an active member of the Houston Young Lawyer’s Leadership Academy. And as a member of the Garland Walker Inn of Court, he has enjoyed creating theatrical interactive CLE presentations for attorneys, from the Legal Legacy of World War I to Star Laws: The Final Legal Frontier.


HONORS

  • Houston Young Lawyer’s Foundation Fellow for 2019
  • 2018-2019 HYLA Leadership Academy

REPRESENTATIVE EXPERIENCE

  • No. 19-10303 (KJC), In re; 1515-GEEnergy Holding Co. LLC, Et Al., U.S. Bankruptcy Court District of Delaware, assisted client in the purchase of 76,000 renewable energy credits and related contracts for $7.5M. We originally defended Skyview Finance Company LLC’s forward contractual rights in Great Eastern Energy’s Delaware bankruptcy case. Skyview invests in renewable energy markets, and Great Eastern is a regional energy supplier. As a result of regional restrictions, Great Eastern had to sell off many of its credits quickly to maximize its investment to the bankruptcy estate. We saw an opportunity. While maintaining Skyview’s contractual rights, we pivoted to assist Skyview in structuring a winning bid and a profit-sharing contract on future contract recovery that the judge signed off on.

PUBLICATIONS & SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

  • “Do’s and Don’ts for the Non-Bankruptcy Attorney,” HYLA-Moderator, September 2019
  • National Outstanding Program Award – “Pirates! Rogues, Rascals, & the Rule of Law: From the Spanish Main to the Mainframe,” Garland Walker Inn of Court, May 2018
  • Benjamin Ritz, Comment, Will This Dog Hunt?: An Attorney’s Guide to Predictive Coding, 57 S. Texas L. REV. 345 (2016)
  • Hon. Diane Guariglia & Benjamin Ritz, Dirty Deeds Done Not Dirt Cheap, 57 S. TEXAS L. REV. 503 (2016)
  • Aaron M. Reimer & Benjamin Ritz, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Challenges Facing Houston Veterans, THE HOUSTON LAWYER, Sept-Oct 2014, at 19, http://tinyurl.com/nzzdv64
  • Aaron M. Reimer & Benjamin Ritz, Above-Guideline Child Support: From Divorce to Bankruptcy to Modification, THE HOUSTON LAWYER, Apr-Mar 2014, at 11, http://tinyurl.com/q6uacfe
  • “Legal Legacy of World War I,” Garland Walker Inn of Court, January 2018
  • “Appellate Writing: Best Practices,” University of Houston Law Center, November 2017
  • “Star Laws: The Final Legal Frontier,” Garland Walker Inn of Court, May 2017
  • “A Guide to Predictive Coding in E-Discovery,” HPA 2017 Advanced CLE Paralegal Conference, April 2017
  • “Appellate Court Perspectives,” University of Houston Law Center, October 2016
  • “Introduction to Negotiation: Strategies and Tactics,” South Texas College of Law Houston, June 2016
  • Alumni Career Panel, Rice University – Glasscock School of Continuing Studies, May 2016

ADMISSIONS

  • Texas
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Texas

EDUCATION

  • South Texas College of Law, J.D., 2015
  • Colby College, 2000