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Ryan Alexander O'Neill

Criminal defense Attorney at Stamford, CT

5.0   17 reviews
  • State Years
    New York - NY 14 years
    Connecticut - CT 15 years
  • Licensed for 14 years
    State NY
    Acquired 2009
    Status
    Due to Register within 30 Days of Birthday No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 15 years
    State CT
    Acquired 2008
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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About Ryan

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Attorney Ryan A. O’Neill, a Partner with the Law Offices of Mark Sherman, LLC, is a member in good standing of the State Bars of Connecticut and New York. Since joining the firm in 2008, Ryan has taken the lead on some of the Firm's most complex and sensitive cases in all areas of the Firm's legal practice, including criminal defense, civil litigation, employment law and appeals. As Chairman of the Firm’s Trial, Major Felony & DWI Practice Groups, Ryan regularly appears before Connecticut, New York, and Federal trial courts and administrative agencies, where he successfully tries cases and argues critical legal motions. Ryan has also argued before the appellate courts of Connecticut, New York, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

After graduating from James Madison University in Virginia in 2004, Ryan earned his law degree with honors in 2008 at the Quinnipiac University School of Law. While at Quinnipiac, Ryan served as the President of the Mock Trial Honor Society. There, Ryan was part of the New England regional championship team at the 2008 National Trial Competition, and was awarded best individual advocate. Upon graduating law school, Ryan earned a number of academic awards, including the CLEA Outstanding Student Award given to the student at each law school who excels most in clinical legal work.

Since joining the Firm, Ryan has continued to pursue his passion for trial advocacy as a student, teacher, and mentor, all while working full-time. In May 2014, Ryan earned a LL.M. (Masters of Law) Degree in Trial Advocacy with honors from Temple University School of Law. Ryan is also an adjunct professor at Quinnipiac University School of Law, where he serves as a trial instructor for Quinnipiac's award-winning mock trial program

Ryan is bilingual in Spanish, and leads the Firm's representation on matters involving Spanish-speaking clients.

 

Location

Law Offices of Mark Sherman, LLC
29 Fifth Street
Stamford, CT, 06905

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Posted by anonymous | December 3, 2021
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Professional, Caring Lawyer
I would recommend Ryan O'Neill to anyone needing an attorney in CT. I was arrested on a 4 year old warrant that I knew nothing about. I was scared, confused, in shock, and depressed. I did free consults with 3 other lawyers before hiring Ryan. All the other lawyers treated me like a criminal. They all just assumed I was guilty and didn't even want to hear my side of the story. Ryan was different. He listened to me. He didn't treat me like a criminal - he treated me like a person. He was patient, kind, and understanding. He talked to me twice on the phone before I even signed on with him. He was reassuring and let me ask all the questions I needed. He took the time to explain things to me and made sure I understood my options and the steps involved. Ryan listened to what I wanted. By working diligently and communicating with the prosecutor, Ryan was able to get my charge nolled and immediately dismissed. It was the outcome I wanted. Ryan was professional and easy to talk to. I'm glad I found him in my time of need.
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Posted by anonymous | July 8, 2021
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Immediately helped me understand the process and have all charges against me dismissed within a year
Ryan was my attorney for charges against me stemming from a domestic dispute in Norwalk, CT. Immediately after hiring Ryan he was able to explain to me what each charge could potentially mean. All three charges: 3rd degree assault, disorderly conduct and interfering with a 911 call were dismissed even quicker than I had hoped (less than a year from when I was charged). Ryan was prepared and professional at all times and communicated with the judge, prosecutor, and all other parties involved very well, as shown by all charges being dismissed. He also made sure that I understood everything: what my options were, potential roadblocks/concerns, etc.
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Posted by Clayton | November 19, 2020
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Greenwich DUI Charge
I hired Ryan O’Neill after being charged with a DUI. He was very competent and knowledgeable and made me feel more at ease with my situation. Ryan was very fast to respond to emails and phone calls when I had questions. Now after staying out of trouble for a year the charge has been erased from my record. I highly recommend Ryan O’Neill.
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Posted by anonymous | January 18, 2020
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Probably the Best Criminal Defense & Employment Lawyer in CT!
I found myself in a very delicate situation with my former employer, with a significant risk of prosecution and career-damaging publicity. Ryan O'Neill immediately put my mind at ease, and skillfully completely resolved the matter within two weeks. I can once again live my life without fear. Thank you so much, Mr. O'Neill! You were worth every penny, and I wholeheartedly recommend you to anyone who wants the best defense attorney in the Stamford/Greenwich area, and probably in all Connecticut!
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Posted by anonymous | September 27, 2019
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Total professionalism
I came in contact with Ryan through the law offices of Mark Sherman and all I can say is I’m so thankful I did. Ryan explained every possible aspect of my case in thorough detail, and made sure I completely understood what was going to happen every step of the way. It put my mind at ease knowing I had a lawyer that went the extra mile to make sure I was always in the know, and I actually felt comfortable knowing that he was handling my case. I had a good feeling about Ryan from the first court date, and the outcome of my case really solidified that. Everything was handled with complete professionalism. Ultimately, my case was settled a lot sooner than I had imagined with a very favorable outcome. Ryan helped save my career and I will be forever thankful for that. I highly recommend.
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Posted by Mark | April 30, 2018
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Ryan O’Neill
Ryan was a true professional from beginning to end. He was very thorough and walked me through all of my options. We then decided on the best course of action and executed the plan. I would wholeheartedly recommend Ryan in the future.
Posted by Michael | November 6, 2017
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Representation In Norwalk CT Prop damage Case- Dismissed
Ryan was recommended to me by a friend after being accused of evading responsibility of property damage in Norwalk, CT. This was a very frustrating situation for me as I did not feel as if I had committed a criminal act and had not had any previous criminal history. Ryan was extremely attentive and responsive to my case from the beginning. His extensive knowledge of the legal system made me very comfortable and confident that my case would be dismissed. I would strongly recommend him to anyone seeking defense.
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Posted by anonymous | October 30, 2017
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The result we wanted
I can't say how lucky - and grateful - I am that Ryan O'Neill picked up my phone call one stressful Sunday morning when my world was spinning and I had no idea who to turn to. He was patient, thorough, transparent and knowledgeable. Whether or not I absolutely needed to hire a lawyer for my case, I am beyond glad that I did. Despite being a well-educated, tax-paying, law-abiding citizen, I couldn't have been less familiar with our criminal justice system, apart from having served my time on a grand jury over a decade ago. How anyone can be expected to navigate the system alone is beyond me. Ryan led me through the process, told me what to expect next, reassured me along the way, stood by my side in what could arguably be the worst days of my life, and helped me get the favorable result we hoped for in record time. He was truly my partner throughout the whole awful process. I sincerely hope I never need help of this nature again, but if I do I will absolutely go back to the Law Offices of Mark Sherman for assistance.
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Posted by Nicole | July 6, 2017
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Above and Beyond, Top Notch Service
I am extremely grateful we hired Ryan O'Neill, with Mark Sherman Law LLC. He went above and beyond, and achieved an even more favorable result than we'd hoped and planned for, and as a direct result of his efforts, he exceeding our expectations. I've no doubt in my mind that we hired the right attorney, and will whole-heartedly refer others to this firm, and to Ryan. I consider him an answered prayer, and am grateful for his efforts with my case. Ryan is a rock solid example of what one seeks in an attorney. At every stage of my interactions with him, Ryan was nothing short of the epitome of professional, approachable, highly knowledgeable legal representation. I would not hesitated to hire him again, though I do hope I won't need to.
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Posted by anonymous | June 13, 2017
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Sense of Relief
Ryan put my mind at ease as to what to expect and how to get through my legal troubles. Always available and quick to respond. Would recommend him without hesitation.
Posted by anonymous | May 3, 2017
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| Consulted Attorney
Highly recommend!
Ryan was fantastic to work with from the initial contact to the end. Though I didn't need to hire him after all, through the consultation, he walked me through everything I needed to know. He was extremely knowledgeable, quick to respond to any email and phone call, flexible and caring. I highly recommend Ryan should you ever need him.
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Posted by anonymous | March 29, 2017
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School Disciplinary Proceeding
I was facing serious disciplinary proceedings at a university and Ryan and his team was able to establish a strategy from my Day 1 to make sure the case was handled in a fair manner. It was clear Ryan is an experienced attorney, as he carved through every detail, asked the correct questions, and applied pressure when needed in a completely professional manner. Even though it was a delicate situation, he knew exactly how to navigate the system and ensure that the true facts of the case were presented. Most importantly, he was able to provide clarity and hope in an otherwise daunting situation, which was something that could not have been more important. In the end, Ryan was able to secure a favorable outcome and ensure my academic record was kept clean. I completely recommend him to anyone and can ensure that you and your family will be in the right hands with him and his team.
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Posted by anonymous | March 27, 2017
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Fabulous lawyer--highly recommend!
From day one, Ryan handled my family member's disorderly conduct case with expertise and empathy. He not only brought the case to a favorable conclusion, he took time to explain things every step of the way. From the first phone call, we knew we had found the right lawyer. Ryan has a terrific sense of strategy and knows exactly when to push and when to hold back. When there was a hiccup with scheduling, he straightened it out immediately. He also is highly respected among his peers: his good working rapport with the prosecutor's team helped us feel calm about an upsetting situation. Ryan is a superb communicator: he was readily available, returned phone calls promptly, and didn't mind repeating himself as needed. I cannot recommend Attorney O'Neill more highly. If you are looking for someone in Fairfield County, this is the first call you should make.
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Posted by anonymous | March 13, 2017
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DUI
I made a mistake with a DUI arrest and attorney O'Neill's handling of the case was very professional. He walked me through the whole process and was there to answer any questions I had. He responded immediately to my emails and when there was little confusion from the courts about documentation, he took care of it immediately. The case was dismissed and I recommend him highly.
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Posted by anonymous | February 9, 2017
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DUI Case
I made a mistake and faced a DUI charge as a result - Ryan and his team were fantastic and very professional in providing me with assistance and just a general comfort round the process. I highly recommend Ryan as he is professional, personable, and on top everything involving your case. Tremendous!
Posted by anonymous | November 7, 2016
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Anonymous
Attorney O'Neill was not only professional and beyond knowledgeable but he was also caring and understanding from the first time we met with him. He was always so responsive to telephone calls, emails and took the time to explain everything to us and helped us to remain calm during a very difficult time. We never felt like we were "rushed" on a call no matter how many questions we ever had. I would highly recommend him as he is a wonderful, knowledgeable attorney.
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Posted by anonymous | November 5, 2016
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Very Highly Recommend
From our very first meeting, our confidence in Attorney O’Neill was never misplaced. His knowledge and understanding of law and his ability to explain the process along with his gentle guidance made an agonizing situation much more tolerable. Attorney O’Neill has a calming tone, especially in an atmosphere when emotions run high. We witnessed firsthand how he was able to transform a hostile and aggressive tactic into a manageable approach. His professionalism and open lines of communication were beyond our expectations with his timely response to emails and phones calls. We never felt rushed during calls and always had time to ask all our questions. Although our outcome was positive, this review isn’t based on the outcome of our legal issue. This is based on knowing that no matter what the end result might have been, we knew had the very best representation available. We very highly recommend Attorney O’Neill.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Law Offices of Mark Sherman, LLC
  • 2016 - Present
  • Trial Team Coach/Instructor
  • Quinnipiac University School Of Law
  • 2015 - Present
  • Associate Attorney
  • Law Offices of Mark Sherman, LLC
  • 2008 - 2016

Education

  • Temple University - James E. Beasley School of Law
  • LL.M - Master of Laws
  • 2014
  • Quinnipiac Univ. School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2008
  • James Madison University
  • BBA - Bachelor of Business Administration
  • 2004

Associations

  • National Association of Divorce Professionals
  • 2018 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • 2016 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2016
  • Associate Fellow
  • Litigation Counsel of America
  • 2016
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2015
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • The National Trial Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Top Lawyer
  • Connecticut Magazine
  • 2013
  • New Leaders of the Law
  • Connecticut Law Tribune
  • 2013
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2012
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Speaking Engagements

  • DUIs in CONNECTICUT: RECENT UPDATES
  • DUI in Connecticut
  • 2016
  • Defending DUI Charges in Connecticut
  • Defending DUI Charges
  • 2016
  • 2016 Connecticut Legal Conference
  • Defending DUI Charges in Connecticut II
  • 2016

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Given (5)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 11
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse Ryan not just for criminal defense, but whatever subject area you are seeking his representation in. He's a brilliant advocate and hardworking behind the scenes. In other words, he's excellent in and out of court. I fully endorse Ryan as an attorney and member of the legal community."
Litigation Attorney | Feb 01
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Ryan's dedication to each and every client is unmatched. His passion for litigation and thorough approach to each case consistently proves effective. I highly recommend and endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ryan is an incredibly skilled and passionate advocate for his clients. I sincerely endorse this lawyer."
General practice Attorney | Feb 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He is a very talented and passionate attorney in advocating for his clients."
Employment and labor Attorney | May 01
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Ryan is among the best in the Connecticut Bar. Ryan has an attention to detail that is second to none with a work ethic to match. He is highly skilled in the art of advocacy and represents his clients with the upmost zeal."
Litigation Attorney | Apr 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ryan is an intelligent litigator with a superb demeanor in all aspects of his approach to the practice of law. He is compassionate and serious about his work and he brings the full force of his drive to excel for his client to every phase of litigation."
General practice Attorney | Aug 23
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Outstanding lawyer. Communicates well with everyone, listens before he speaks, and genuinely cares about his clientele. I endorse Ryan without reservation."
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Stamford Criminal defense Lawyer Ryan Alexander O'Neill
Ryan Alexander O'Neill
Criminal defense Attorney
Stamford, CT
Licensed for 15 years