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December 22, 2009 11:27 ET

Hankinson Levinger Attorney Wins National Animal Welfare Honor

DALLAS, TX--(Marketwire - December 22, 2009) - A national animal welfare organization is honoring Texas attorney Ryan Clinton of Hankinson Levinger for his work in promoting the philosophy of no-kill animal sheltering in Austin, Texas, and surrounding communities.

The Oakland, Calif.-based No Kill Advocacy Center, a group dedicated to ending the practice of euthanizing animals at shelters nationwide, has conferred its Henry Bergh Leadership Award on Mr. Clinton and five other individuals at animal welfare organizations across the country. The award is named for the 19th century animal advocate who founded the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

In honoring Mr. Clinton, the center recognized his efforts in getting a no-kill item on the Austin City Council agenda. As a result of his work, the elected officials voted unanimously to direct the city manager to formulate a plan for Austin to implement no-kill policies and procedures.

"This is a tremendous honor, especially when you consider the other people that were named and the outstanding work they have done," Clinton says. "My hope is that this award will help inspire animal lovers all over the country to demand the enactment of life-saving policies and programs at their community animal shelters."

Mr. Clinton is the founder of, a grass-roots, non-profit organization dedicated to ending the killing of lost and homeless pets in Austin. The group has served as a national model for other such efforts in California, Florida, Oregon and North Carolina. Mr. Clinton also serves as volunteer legal counsel for Austin Pets Alive, a non-profit pet adoption group responsible for saving 2,500 lost and homeless pets from the city's shelter in less than two years.

Prior to joining Hankinson Levinger, where he provides appellate services to a wide range of business clients, Mr. Clinton served six years as an Assistant Solicitor General for the State of Texas. He has successfully argued cases in state and federal appellate courts, including four arguments before the Supreme Court of Texas. He also has been named as one of the top young lawyers in Texas five different times in the Texas Rising Stars list published in Texas Monthly magazine.

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