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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.


Practice areas


  1. Child Support: 25%
  2. Child Custody: 25%
  3. Divorce: 25%
  4. Litigation: 25%



Fixed (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Anthony Justin Eldreth

    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.


    Anthony Eldreth Intellectual property Attorney
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  • James Prescott Little

    Ryan is a superb attorney with vast knowledge and impecable litigation experience. His zealous advocacy for his clients never falters.


    James Little Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Rosen Law Firm

4101 Lake Boone Trail
Suite 118
Raleigh, NC, 27607


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
NHTSA DWI Detection & Standardized Field Sobriety TestingDrugs & Alcohol Risk Management2010
Community Rock StarJunior League of Durham and Orange Counties2009
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AssociateRosen Law Firm2012 - Present
AssociateKurtz & Blum2009 - 2011
PartnerShort Law Office2008 - 2009
Association namePosition nameDuration
Wake County Bar AssociationMember2011 - Present
14th Judicial District Bar AssociationMember2008 - Present
North Carolina Bar AssociationMemberN/A
American Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Durham County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
State v. MarchandMotion to Suppress Allowed
State v. YarborughNot Guilty
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
North Carolina Central University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2008
Furman UniversityEconomics & Political ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts2005