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Geoffrey Ryan Willis

Criminal defense Attorney at Raleigh, NC

5.0   4 reviews

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About Geoffrey

Learn Geoffrey’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    State and Federal criminal court including DWIs, drug felonies and misdemeanors, violent crimes, sex offenses, fraud, embezzlement, traffic, domestic violence

    17 years, 500 cases

  2. DUI and DWI

    19 years, 300 cases

I am a former Wake County Assistant District Attorney with over 10 years of criminal trial experience and Board Certified by the North Carolina Bar in State and Federal Criminal Law.  I am a Raleigh native, graduating from Enloe High School and attending  NC State for my undergraduate degree.  I attended UNC for law school.  After law school, I was hired as an assistant district attorney in the Wake County District Attorneys Office. After two years with the Wake DA, I went to work for the criminal defense firm of Manning & Crouch.  I spent three years there, before opening my own law practice in 2010.  Since I left the Wake DA's office, my practice has focused solely on criminal defense in federal and state court.  I represent clients charged with traffic violations, DWI/DUIs, drug charges, assaults, domestic violence cases, serious felonies, and murder.   

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Licensed for 18 years
State NC
Status Active
Acquired 2004
Updated 12/27/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Contact Geoffrey

Willis Johnson & Nelson PLLC
1101 Haynes Street
Suite 205
Raleigh, NC, 27604


5.0 / 5.0
  4 customer reviews
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Posted by anonymous | April 1, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Speeding- Raleigh NC
I was worried when I received a ticket on my way to school. It was great that Mr. Willis was professional and explained my options and what he could do for me. After several extensions i had my reckless driving charges dropped and speeding reduced significantly so i could use a pjc. I would recommend him to anyone who receives a speeding ticket in raleigh.
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Posted by anonymous | March 25, 2015
A great lawyer
Atty Ryan Willis did a great job providing me legal informations and he respond quickly and in timely passion. Thanks again.
Posted by Grateful. | March 24, 2015
Personable Attorney
Ryan was both genuine and personable. After my initial consultation with him, I knew that I had someone on my side. Unlike other attorneys, Ryan didn't seem to be after money, but instead sought after justice. I would not only recommend his services, but won't hesitate to utilize him myself again if necessary.
Posted by Tarun | April 9, 2014
The Best: Defends you as your own family.
High Integrity, Honesty. Fearless in defending with truthful facts. He stood by me, my family and always delivered successful results . Its hard to find such a stand up, excellent, honest, reasonable man anymore. His integrity is solid. If I ever had to use an attorney it is him. He has presence of humanity and dignity in his demeanor in courtrooms. He brings respect to your case just by his commitment to his integrity in his role as your attorney. You cannot go wrong in choosing this man. Excellent work ethics. On-time communications and genuine sense of responsibility in his prompt actions. He has all the 'Best Qualities' you ever want in an attorney on your side. Highly recommend him. I wish him the very best in his future with great success.
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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
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Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Willis Johnson & Nelson PLLC
  • 2010 - Present
  • Associate Attorney
  • Manning & Crouch
  • 2006 - 2009
  • Assistant District Attorney
  • Wake County District Attorney's Office
  • 2004 - 2006


  • University of North Carolina School of Law
  • J.D.
  • 2004
  • North Carolina State University
  • B.A.
  • 1997

Legal Cases

  • First Degree Murder
  • Assistant District Attorney offered plea of attempted voluntary manslaughter, which client accepted
  • .08 DWI
  • Not guilty after a bench trial.
  • Felony Assault by Firearm
  • Client found not guilty of felonies after a jury trial. The jury convicted him of misdemeanors.
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  • National College of DUI Defense
  • 2014 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • 2004 - Present
  • Wake County Bar Association
  • N/A
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • N/A
  • North Carolina Advocates for Justice
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English


  • Best Lawyers in America-DUI/DWI Defense
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2016
  • Rising Stars
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2015
  • Board Certified Specialist - Criminal Law
  • North Carolina State Bar
  • 2015
  • Rising Stars
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2014
  • Rising Stars
  • Superlawyers
  • 2013
  • Rising Stars
  • Superlawyers
  • 2012
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Speaking Engagements

  • The Mechanics of North Carolina Criminal Procedure
  • Jury Strategies and Trial Tactics
  • 2012

Attorney endorsements

Received (6)
Given (2)
Endorse Geoffrey
Federal crime Attorney | Jul 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ryan is an outstanding attorney. He works tirelessly for his clients and finds creative ways to get his clients fantastic results."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 23
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Ryan is a great lawyer and very talented trial attorney. I have referred many cases to Ryan with confidence that he will do an excellent job for the clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ryan is a thoughtful and compassionate defense attorney who does an incredible job representing clients facing a crime, whether it be a serious felony or a DWI. Whether Ryan is in a jury trial or attempting to negotiate a plea, he always keeps his clients best interest in mind and does all in his power to attain the best result possible for his client. As a former prosecutor, Ryan understands the ins and outs of the criminal justice system, and he has a great reputation among the courthouse community. Ryan realizes that each case is different, and as importantly that each client is different. Ryan takes the time to understand his clients, their background, and their goals with respect to their specific case."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 27
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I met Ryan when he was opposing prosecutor/counsel on a case I was defending. Years later, he stills brings the same passion and sound skill sets honed in the DA's Office to defending his clients in both State and Federal Court. I highly recommend this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Geoffrey. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
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Raleigh Criminal defense Lawyer Geoffrey Ryan Willis
Geoffrey Ryan Willis
Criminal defense Attorney
Raleigh, NC
Licensed for 18 years
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