2021-2022 TYLA President-elect Candidate
Michael J. Ritter
Michael Ritter lives in San Antonio with his husband, Dilshan, and their two rescue puppies, Lolo and Poncherello. Overcoming a speech disorder known as “cluttering,” Ritter became interested in the law through high school debate. In 2010, he became the first in his family to complete a post-college education and become a lawyer.
Ritter is a staff attorney at the 4th Court of Appeals in San Antonio. He is certified in civil appeals and criminal appeals by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and has been recognized among San Antonio’s top appellate attorneys by San Antonio Magazine. Ritter also works a part-time job in the education industry.
He is TYLA’s vice president and has served as its secretary and on several committees. Ritter has received personal and project awards from TYLA, the American Bar Association, the State Bar of Texas, and Texas Bar College and is a Texas Bar Foundation sustaining life fellow.
He has also served as president of the Texas Association of Appellate Court Attorneys and the San Antonio LGBT Bar Association and as a member of the San Antonio Young Lawyers Association Board of Directors.
In his spare time, Ritter volunteers to benefit at-risk youth, especially those identifying as LGTBQ+. Learn more about him at MJRitter.com