Donato D. Ramos Jr.

Donato D. Ramos, Jr. was born and raised in Laredo, Texas. In 2000, he earned his B.S. in Communications, cum laude, from Vanderbilt University, where he also served as a four-year manager for the men’s basketball team. In 2003, he graduated from the University of Texas School of Law, where he taught Legal Research and Writing as a “Teaching Quizmaster.” From 2003-2004, he served as a judicial law clerk for United States District Court Judge George P. Kazen in the Southern District of Texas, Laredo DIvision. He is admitted to practice in Texas and in the United States District Courts of the Southern District of Texas. 

Practice Areas:
Mr. Ramos’ extensive experience in civil litigation includes handling a broad range of complex commercial and business cases, including cases involving oil and gas (oil and gas lease interpretation disputes, lease termination claims, surface use issues, breach of lease claims, trespass to try title claims, royalty underpayment cases, title disputes, etc.), personal injury, real estate, probate litigation (will contests, suits to recover money wrongfully taken from estate, etc.), and other contractual, business, and commercial disputes. Mr. Ramos’ practice also includes a broad property, oil and gas, and real estate transactional practice and the representation of various governmental entities, including various South Texas counties, in all types of transactional and litigation matters.

  • Oil & Gas
  • Property
  • Commercial
  • Personal Injury & Wrongful Death
  • Probate / Guardianship
  • Eminent Domain / Condemnation

  • Oil & Gas Leases and all types of Oil and Gas Documents
  • Real Estate Transactions
  • Wills & Estates
  • Business Transactions 
  • Pipeline Easements
  • Leases: Commercial, Hunting, and Grazing

Professional Activities:

  • Partner, Law Offices of Donato D. Ramos, P.L.L.C., Laredo, TX, 2004 - present 
  • State Bar of Texas, Oil, Gas, & Energy Resources Law Section, Council Member, 2021 
  • Law Clerk, United States District Court Judge George P. Kazen, 2003-2004

State Bar of Texas, CLE Planning Committees
 37th Advanced Oil, Gas, & Energy Resources Law Course, 2019 
41st Annual Advanced Civil Trial Law Course, 2018
 Oil and Gas Disputes Course, 2018 

State Bar of Texas, CLE Speaker / Author
 Advanced Oil, Gas, & Energy Resources Law Course, Litigating Texas Oil and Gas Commingling Cases, 2019
 Oil and Gas Disputes, Emerging Implied Covenant Claims in the Shale Era, 2019 
Advanced Civil Trial, Demonstrative Evidence: A Survey of Texas Caselaw, 2018 
Texas Bar College, Oil and Gas for the General Practitioner, 2015
 Federal Court Practice, Removal / Remand, 2005, 2009-2018
 Advanced Personal Injury, Removal / Remand, 2006
 Advanced Government Law, Hot Topics in Transportation, 2015
 College Spring Training, Winning Before Trial, 2006 

Texas Trial Lawyer’s Association, CLE Speaker / Author 
Spotting Land Owner Oil & Gas Cases, 2015 
Winning Trial Secrets, 2011 

Texas Young Lawyer’s Association, State Director, District 12, 2007-2011 
Webb County Bar Association, President, 2008-2009
 Texas Trial Lawyer’s Association, Board of Directors, 2009-2020
 Texas Trial Lawyer’s Association, Board of Advocates, 2008-2009 
Gerry Spence Trial Lawyer’s College, Graduate, 2008
 Texas Super Lawyer - Rising Star, Texas Monthly Magazine, 2007, 2009 - 2016 
Texas Bar Foundation, Fellow 

Civic Affairs: 

State of Texas, Unclaimed Mineral Proceeds Comm’n., Gubernatorial Appointee, 2015 
Texas A&M International University, Professor, Intro to Oil and Gas, 2013-15
 Eagle Ford Shale Impact and Business Opportunities, The Governor’s Small 
Business Forum, Panelist, Laredo, 2014
 Eagle Ford Shale Economic Impact Forum, Panelist, Laredo, 2013
 Laredo Boys and Girls Club / Border Olympics, Board of Directors, 2005-2009 
Laredo Parks and Rec. Dept. Midnight Basketball League, Co-Founder, 2004-06 
Webb County Safe Haven, Board of Directors 2008-2010
 Webb County Community Coalition, Nuestro Orgullo Award, 2005 

  • B.S., Communications, cum laude, Vanderbilt University, 2000
  • Men’s Basketball Manager, 1996 - 2000
  • J.D., The University of Texas, 2003
  • Teaching Quizmaster, Legal Research and Writing, 2002 - 2003