Elizabeth (Atkinson) Ryan (’02) tries to represent love in action and humility in service through her practice as an energy lawyer. Ryan credits her passion for civic service to the entirety of Romans 12.
Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. (Rom. 12: 1)
Ryan’s practice in Roswell, N.M., Carson Ryan LLC, provides legal services to producers, refiners, and operators within the oil and gas industry. As her practice her practice grew, Ryan partnered with Joel M. Carson III, a graduate of Texas Tech and the University of New Mexico School of Law, in creating Carson Ryan LLC.
Prior to beginning her energy practice, Ryan graduated summa cum laude from LCU with a B.A. in Humanities and an emphasis in pre-law and a minor in Biblical Studies. Initially, Ryan was drawn to LCU by the academics and pre-law program.
“They have a good relationship with Texas Tech Law School,” Ryan explained, “and that got me to the campus. But once I was on campus, I started experiencing the LCU community personally. It’s a community of academia, believers, friendships, and relationships. The thought that I could do what I wanted career-wise but do it in a Christian environment made LCU the perfect fit for me.”
While at LCU, Ryan was a member of Alpha Chi Honor Society, Student Senate, and the performing group Forte. She served as president of the social club Christliche Damen. She received her J.D. cum laude from Texas Tech University School of Law.
During her time at Tech, she served as the executive student writing editor for the Law Review. Now, Ryan is a published author of numerous reviews, including on gas and oil topics. Ryan was previously appointed to New Mexico’s Environmental Improvement Board (EIB) in 2011 and served four years as secretary until her term ended in 2014. She is also a member of numerous other planning and environmental boards. Ryan was distinguished as Young Alumna of the Year at the LCU Alumni Awards in 2015.
However, Ryan is most proud of her accomplishments as a wife and mother. She and her husband, Zack (’02), have two daughters, Isabelle and Kathryn. Ryan credits LCU for the university’s contributions to her success in her personal and professional life.
“Having professors, like Susan Blassingame, devoted to helping me achieve my career goals is the reason I’m where I am today, owning my own law firm,” said Ryan. “Both the educational and moral support of LCU gave me the real chance at success.”