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Ryan David Hanzelik

About me

I am happily married to my wife, Heather, and I am the proud father of three amazingly beautiful daughters.  My life revolves around my family.


I started practicing law in 2006 and I have operated a successful law practice since 2007 where I have represented hundreds of clients in personal injury cases, divorces, child custody battles, murder cases, drug cases, business disputes, etc.


I have obtained six-figure settlements for some of my clients through aggressive and strategic negotiation.  I have won numerous trials in custody battles.  I have saved clients from life sentences. I have won substantial judgments for clients in contract disputes.


I am skilled and experienced in every stage of the litigation process and I possess the ability to be strategical and calculated throughout your case with the ultimate goal of getting you the most favorable result.


I work hard for my clients and I keep you informed throughout every stage of your case.


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Languages spoken: English, Spanish

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Practice areas


  1. Divorce: 40%
    10 years
  2. Family: 35%
    10 years
  3. Criminal Defense: 15%
    10 years
  4. Personal Injury: 5%
    10 years
  5. DUI & DWI: 5%
    10 years



Contingent (33%), Fixed (sometimes), Free consultation (120 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

17 total 

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  • Charles Leland Davis

    I endorse Ryan Hanzelik as an outstanding lawyer. Ryan practices criminal and family law from his office in East Ridge, TN. Ryan regularly appears before courts in and around Chattanooga. He is well respected by his fellow attorneys and is a strong advocate on behalf of his clients. Judges know and trust Ryan's judgment.


    Charles Davis Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Randall Duane Larramore

    I endorse this lawyer. I have been in opposition to Mr. Hanzelik on various occasions and have found him to aggressively prosecute and defend his cases. I have found Mr. Hanzelik to be extremely thorough in conducting discovery and presenting his legal and factual defenses to the Court. Every non-frivolous issue which could be raised was raised, and was presented in an effective manner. Despite his aggressive practice, Mr. Hanzelik has always conducted himself as a gentleman and consummate professional. In my experience Mr. Hanzelik is both an effective advocate and a pleasure to work with under circumstances in which the parties often harbor significant animosity.


    Randall Larramore Employment & Labor Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Ryan D. Hanzelik

4143 Ringgold Road
Suite A 1/2
East Ridge, TN, 37412


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Client's Choice Award 2015AVVO2015
Client's Choice Award 2014AVVO2014
Clients' Choice Award 2013AVVO2013
Award of ExcellenceEast Tennessee Chapter of the Society for Technical Communication1999
Lifetime MemberGolden Key National Honor Society1998
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Owner/AttorneyRyan D. Hanzelik, Attorney at Law2007 - Present
AsscoiateHanzelik & Associates2005 - 2007
Summer AssociateSymbion Healthcare2004 - 2004
Summer AssociateHanzelik & Associates2003 - 2003
Owner/ProgrammerDigital Reformation2001 - 2002
ConsultantStonebridge Technologies2000 - 2001
Lead Programmer4Impact Corporation1998 - 2000
ProgrammerCity Online of Knoxville1997 - 1998
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Bar AssociationMember2015 - Present
License to Practice United States District Court for Eastern District of TennesseeAttorney2012 - Present
Chattanooga Association for Criminal Defense LawyersMember2008 - Present
Tennessee Bar AssociationMember2006 - 2007
Pro Bono/Public Action Legal SocietyFundraiser2004 - 2005
Law and Technology SocietyTreasurer2003 - 2005
American Bar AssociationMember2002 - 2008
Golden Key National Honor SocietyLifetime Member1998 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
3 Lbs. of Marijuana Suppressed and Case DismissedCase dismissed on Defendant's Motion to Suppress.
1st Degree Murder; Life Sentence Avoided.Avoided Life Sentence, 4 years probation.
$125,000 Settlement for Car AccidentCase settled for $125,000
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Publication nameTitleDate
AVVOHow Do I Prepare For A Divorce?2014
Divorce BlogTN Divorce Blog2013
AVVOHow Do I Modify My Child Support2013
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Memphis - Cecil C. Humphreys School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2005
University of Tennessee, Knoxville (main)English-Technical Writing and EditingOther - Bachelors2000
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Elementary SchoolMock Trial Judge2013
McCallie SchoolMy Story2007