Ragan was inspired to go to law school by a business law class she took at UT. The professor conducted his class exactly like law school – drilling students by Socratic Method. She went to him and said if this is what law school is like I want to go. He challengingly said, “You would never make it!” She accepted his challenge. Ragan was one of the youngest in her class at Texas Tech Law School. Contrary to her professor’s opinion, she thrived in law school and earned extra money by tutoring first year students in legal research and writing, a class in which she received an American Jurisprudence award for the highest grade.
While in her last year of law school, she interned at the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office. She loved the excitement and fulfillment of seeking justice for victims. Ragan was attracted to her first job out of law school because she had decided that the best way to fulfill her love of standing up for victims without the nightmares of criminal work would be to pursue a career in personal injury law. Ragan knew she made the right decision after achieving justice for a four year old boy who was mauled by an Akita and a professional jet ski racer whose career was ended by a hidden barrier in the lake. Ragan was fortunate to have wonderful mentors, Dalton D. Harris, III and Theodore J. Messina, III, who gave her the freedom to follow her dream and establish a thriving personal injury practice from scratch.
While in law school, Ragan met and married the love of her life, Aaron Speer, and father to her two children. Several years ago, Aaron was the defense attorney in a case where Todd represented a young woman who was rendered a quadriplegic as a result of a drunk driver who had been badly over-served at a bar. When Ragan decided to take the next step in her journey to being the best trial lawyer she could be, she asked Aaron to help her make a list of some of the best personal injury Plaintiff’s lawyers he had been against in Dallas. Todd Clement was at the top of his list. He called Todd to see if he would meet to talk and mentor Ragan about her future career. Todd made it very clear that he was a solo practitioner by choice and had no interest in hiring anyone, but would meet with Ragan to give her advice. By the end of their lunch – they clicked. It was clear Ragan and Todd both had a passion for their clients and a passion for the practice.
Ragan represents her clients, raises her children and tries to live her life pursuant to her life verse Proverbs 3:3-4: “Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man.”