Vet Mal/Equine Law


Our experience in agribusiness is deep-seeded. The attorneys at Chamblee Ryan don’t just have experience and skill in handling the numerous legal issues that face those in agribusiness from their legal careers, but actually have deep-seated personal experiences in the industry, some having grown up on ranches or having been raised in the equine world. Bill Chamblee, managing partner of Chamblee Ryan, has been an active equine participant since he was a young child.  Today, Bill has a herd of eleven horses on his land in Keller, Texas. In 2012, Bill’s equine practice was featured in D Magazine’s D CEO. Simply put, our attorneys know the industry, know the difference between a foal and a yearling, a steer and a bull, and are well equipped to handle the wide array of complex issues that individuals and companies in agribusiness frequently face.

We ride higher. We strive to become our client’s trusted consultant and provide a full range of legal experience for our clients to meet their personal or business objectives while eliminative legal and financial risks. We have represented clients of all statures, including a multinational food processing company, a national poultry producer, a nationally recognized horse breeding and training outfit, local farmers and ranchers, and numerous individuals that own horses for work or fun. We use our services as expert counsel in all litigation issues that clients face including labor claims, personal injury, and commercial and contract disputes.

An experienced practice for a specialized industry. Litigation involving animals and the laws related to animals can be complex. For our clients that handle or deal with animals in connection with the production of food or drugs, land use, agriculture, research, entertainment, residential pet, or for other uses, the expertise found at Chamblee Ryan is a necessity. We provide insight and advice for individuals and businesses involved in agriculture, commercial fishing and hunting, and other activities. We counsel our clients on animal welfare and use, including veterinarians, breeders, dealers, retailers, land owners, and pet owners. No matter the issues, we are prepared to provide legal support for our client’s needs in litigation, corporate counseling, or with regulatory issues.

We yield results. In the courtroom, we have handled numerous challenging cases including premises liability, veterinary malpractice, and catastrophic injury accidents. We consistently try cases to verdict and achieve favorable results for our clients. Attorneys for Chamblee Ryan have developed strategies for liability lawsuits that aggressively protect the client’s interests.

Representative Experience

Caleena Svatek obtained a unanimous jury verdict in Denton County, Texas in a veterinary malpractice suit.

In Wise County, Texas, successfully represented a Veterinarian and clinic against allegations of gross negligence and failure to meet the standard of care in treating a lame horse with damages claimed between $607,000-$733,000 – Tried – Defense Verdict, Plaintiff awarded ZERO dollars.

Representative Clients

A broad spectrum of companies and individuals whose businesses, products, or services are rooted in the agriculture industry or involved in ranching, farming, or food processing. Also includes those in the veterinary field or actively involved in the equine industry. We’ve represented individuals, companies, and insurers involved in ranching, farming, and food processing including Pilgrim’s Corp., Kelley Plant Farm, JBS S.A., and John Deere Insurance Company, Inc.  We have also represented those in the veterinary and equine fields such as Diamond W Equine Services, Showtime Farms, Denton County Animal ER, and Zurich North America.