Jack Ratliff

Jack Ratliff is Professor Emeritus and Ben Gardner Sewell Professor Emeritus in Civil Trial Advocacy at the University of Texas Austin School of Law. Prior to joining the faculty at UT, he distinguished himself in private practice serving as lead plaintiff's counsel in Anderson v. Bell Aerospace (obtaining a record verdict in this helicopter explosion case); and lead defense counsel in Corvair product defect cases against General Motors. He has litigated civil cases involving anti-trust, SEC violations, products liability, wrongful death, construction disputes, real estate contract disputes, medical malpractice, accounting malpractice, and legal malpractice. His clients have included C. H. Leavell and R. E. McKee (construction contract disputes); General Motors (products liability); Southern Pacific (crossing accidents); State National Bank (banking disputes); Border Tobacco (SEC 10(b)(5) violations); Canteen Corporation (contract disputes); Travelers, Liberty Mutual and Harford (insurance defense), Medical Protective (medical malpractice), Passero Associates, (real estate litigation); Merchandise Mart (federal condemnation proceedings in Chamizal zone). As a member of the law faculty at the University of Texas Austin, Prof. Ratliff taught Torts, Procedure, Complex Litigation, Litigation Skills and Tactics, Expert Witnesses, and Appellate Advocacy (Brief Writing and Oral Argument on Appeal); his list of scholarly publications and presentations is extensive.