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Criminal Defense in Georgia and Federal Courts makes up a large portion of my practice. Adoptions and Fanily Law along with Litigation make up the balance. I am currently the City of Bainbridge, GA Solicitor - prosecuting misdemeanor cases brought by Bainbridge Public Safety.


'm not from the South, but I got here as soon as I could.  Born in SLC, Ut., I moved to work in DC after graduate school to work in International Telecommunications Consulting and Wireless Telecom Industry association management. This is where I met my wife, a patent examiner at the time.  We moved to Georgia (Macon) when I decided to go to law school and to be closer to her family.  We moved to Bainbridge to work as a prosecutor.  I resigned in 2008 to run for DInstruct Attorney. I am rooted here in the area now and we enjoy the close proximity to Gulf beaches, rivers and good friends.


Languages spoken: Afrikaans

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Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 40%
  2. Estate Planning: 20%
  3. Family: 20%
  4. Appeals: 10%
  5. Business: 10%


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  • Patrick Applegate Kunes

    I have defended a client in a court where Ryan was the prosecutor as well as seen Mr. Cleveland in action representing criminal defendants. Like myself, he is a member of the Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and keeps up with changes in the legal landscape. He is a very capable lawyer and I fell comfortable referring potential clients his way.


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Contact info

113 West Water Street
Po Box 1357
Bainbridge, GA, 39818


GAActive Member in Good Standing 200511/07/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Assistant District AttorneySouth Georgia Judicial Circuit2005 - 2008
Association namePosition nameDuration
Georgia Association of Criminal Defense LawyersN/A2011 - Present
Prosecuting Attorneys Association, GeorgiaN/A2005 - 2008
Federalist Society - MercerPresident2003 - 2005
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Mercer University-W. George L.S.N/AJuris Doctor2005
Brigham Young University - Mariott School of ManagementPublic MangementMA - Masters1999
Brigham Young UniversityInternational RelationsBA - Bachelor of Arts1997