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Ryan Gary Short

Litigation Attorney at Raleigh, NC

3.9   8 reviews
  • Licensed for 15 years
    State NC
    Acquired 2008
    Active No misconduct found

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About Ryan

Learn Ryan’s areas of practice.

Ryan says people are what make him happy. He values his relationships above all and is a zealous – but level-headed – advocate for his clients. As a child of divorce, he has a greater understanding of what his clients go through, but he also has firsthand experience of the open communication, patience, and understanding that can come out of it all. As he puts it, “A new type of relationship can form from a seemingly broken past.”

Ryan received his undergraduate degree in Economics and Political Science from Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina, where he was part of the International Economics Honor Society (Omicron Delta Epsilon) and the Mock Trial Team. He then went on to graduate cum laude from North Carolina Central University School of Law, where he was part of the Phi Delta Phi Honor Society and worked on the law journal. He’s a member of the Wake County Bar Association.

All impressive academic accomplishments aside, Ryan has a great sense of humor. He loves dancing to jam bands, especially 80s cover bands like The Breakfast Club. But he points out that he doesn’t care for the “tie-dye don’t-like-to-take-showers” kind of jam band.

Ryan also loves salsa – not the dance, but the condiment (as long as it isn’t too-too spicy.) In fact, he’ll eat almost anything with salsa. In between bites of chips and salsa, you might hear him making up his own hybrid language mixing Spanish, Latin, French, German, and North Carolinian, but it’s German he studied for three years in college.

While Ryan loves practicing family law, he harbors fantasies of becoming a Formula 1 race car driver. His clients probably don’t have to worry that will happen any time soon, but shhh… don’t burst Ryan’s bubble.


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4101 Lake Boone Trail
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Raleigh, NC, 27607

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3.9 / 5.0
  8 customer reviews
Posted by anonymous | July 11, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Difficult case Short came through!
I have custody of my children and had to make a difficult decision to protect them. Mr. Short defended me brilliantly and clearly made my case to the judge! I look forward to working with him again! Highly recommended!
Posted by anonymous | November 5, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Ryan advised me on some complex litigation topics. I found him to be very knowledgeable on all the questions I asked. He was very patient and always available (even late at night). In addition to the precious legal advice he gave me, I found his attitude very supportive and helpful.
Posted by anonymous | December 27, 2011
Great Lawyer
Mr. Short was an excellent asset. He was knowledgeable and represented me very well during my case. The outcome of the case was satisfactory. He was very prompt with answering any questions I had and was very helpful through the entire process. I am very pleased with him and I am glad that I hired him.
Posted by Lucas | November 29, 2011
Very good and helpful.
He explained to me in detail every step of the process. I lived out of state and am a full time student and he made it possible for me not to be present for hearings. Although he told me there was a chance I could face a more serious punishment he ended up getting me the minimum. He was a reasonable price and I was truly happy with his service.
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Posted by Kevin | September 6, 2011
Ryan Shorts Representation
It was a pleasure to watch Ryan work. All the decisions I had to make were based on the law, facts and Ryans interpretation of the law versus the environment we would be in (judge, DA, amount of cases, mood of the court, etc). We made the decision to go to trial and from my seat Ryan made the DA look disorganized and unprepared. He seemed very calculated and measured when challenging the judge and presenting the facts. I highly recommend Ryan.
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Posted by John | December 20, 2011
Speeding ticket
Ryan recently represented me in the matter of a speeding ticket and it ended in a dismissal. I was quite pleased, and would definitely work with him again.
Posted by anonymous | July 18, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Use this idiot at your own expense….
“Represented” me years ago. Take a look at where he went to school if you need to know anything. His physical appearance is embarrassing enough in court and he’s a box of rocks IQ wise.
Posted by Steve | December 29, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Came up Short
Mr. Short was unavailable most of the time, did not seem invested or interested in representing my case with the effort and time it takes to be successful. Very disappointed with the effort and outcome.
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AVVO RATING 7.1 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Associate
  • Rosen Law Firm
  • 2012 - Present
  • Associate
  • Kurtz & Blum
  • 2009 - 2011
  • Partner
  • Short Law Office
  • 2008 - 2009


  • North Carolina Central University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2008
  • Furman University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2005

Sample of Legal Cases

  • State v. Marchand
  • Motion to Suppress Allowed
  • State v. Yarborugh
  • Not Guilty


  • Wake County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • 14th Judicial District Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Durham County Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • NHTSA DWI Detection & Standardized Field Sobriety Testing
  • Drugs & Alcohol Risk Management
  • 2010
  • Community Rock Star
  • Junior League of Durham and Orange Counties
  • 2009

Attorney endorsements

Received (5)
Given (3)
Endorse Ryan
Divorce and separation Attorney | Nov 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I’ve worked with Ryan on cases for a number of years and I know him to be aggressive, knowledgeable, thorough, and very committed to his clients. I’ve referred many cases to Ryan and would recommend him highly to anyone."
Family Attorney | Jan 09
Relationship: Friend
"Mr. Short is an extremely knowledgable and talented lawyer. As a friend and fellow attorney I often trust Ryan with questions on my own matters. I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Oct 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ryan is a superb attorney with vast knowledge and impecable litigation experience. His zealous advocacy for his clients never falters."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Whenever a client of mine is looking for a Wake County Criminal Defense Attorney, DUI / DWI Attorney or Traffic Ticket Attorney, I refer them to Ryan Short. Ryan is an excellent trial attorney, and he consistently gets great results for his clients. Whenever I have a question about a criminal defense case, DUI/DWI case or Traffic Ticket case I turn to Ryan for advice. I endorse Ryan, and I believe his clients are fortunate to be represented by him."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Sep 02
Relationship: Co-worker
"Ryan Short is a creative, hard working, smart lawyer. He knows DWI law as well as anyone I've met and fights for his clients with enormous passion. No one cares more about getting a good outcome for his client's than Ryan Short."