Member, UH System Board of Regents
Senior Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, Allstate Insurance Company
Ricky A. Raven was appointed to the University of Houston System Board of Regents by Governor Greg Abbot in 2021 for a six-year term and will serve through August 31, 2027. For Fiscal Year 2022-2023, Mr. Raven will serve as a member of the Academic and Student Success Committee, a member of the Facilities, Construction and Master Planning Committee and the Audit and Compliance Committee.
Raven is Senior Vice President and Deputy General Counsel for Allstate Insurance Company. In that role, Ricky leads the Corporate Litigation and Staff Counsel practice groups.
The Corporate Litigation practice group manages all Corporate litigation matters for the enterprise which includes Corporate Litigation and Claims. The Staff Counsel practice group manages the overall Insurance Defense and Tort Litigation/Disputes work as well as related matters throughout the country for the entire enterprise.
Staff Counsel Offices are in 77 locations servicing 34 states and the District of Columbia. Before joining Allstate, Ricky was a partner at the law firm ReedSmith where he was a member of the Global Commercial Disputes Group and a leader of the firm’s Mass and Toxic Torts team.
Raven has been admitted to the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, the American Board of Trial Advocates, and the International Association of Defense Counsel. He is dedicated to promoting the best interests of the legal practice, the highest standards and techniques of advocacy, and excellent character and integrity. Ricky is also active in the community as a board trustee at Southwestern University, the University of Houston Foundation and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.
Raven earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Houston Law Center and his bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Houston.