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Recognized as among the top100 Lawyers in Georgia & Top 40 Lawyers Under the 40 by the National Trial Lawyers along with SuperLawyer as published in Atlanta Magazine, Rick has earned the reputation for fearlessly defending difficult DUI cases.  He was also awarded The Most Amazing Winning Streak (2011), DUI Lawyer of the Year (2009) and the Most Amazing verdict of Acquittal by the Georgia DODD group. 

Rick Ryczek tirelessly defends those accused of DUI, and challenges himself to obtain favorable results in every case.  He graduated from the University of Georgia in 1994 and worked as a Deputy Clerk of Superior Court in Gwinnett County while waiting to enter law school. In 1999 Rick graduated from Georgia State University School of Law, and began his legal career with the Rockdale County Public Defender’s Office. At the Public Defender’s Office he represented hundreds of DUI cases. Rick left the Public Defender’s Office in 2001 and worked for the DUI firm of Clark & Towne, P.C. until May of 2004 when he started his own practice.



Rick wants to “know his enemy.” This is why he purchased an Intoxilyzer 5000 machine, the same breathalyzer machine that Georgia police officers use. Rick conducts experiments on the machine to understand the strengths and weaknesses of the machine.



In 2005 he graduated from The Trial Lawyers College. Rick was selected as one of fifty lawyers from across the country to attend Gerry Spence’s Trial Lawyers College at Thunderhead Ranch in Wyoming. There, Rick studied trial techniques focusing on how to better connect with jurors and present his clients’ cases.  Rick has attended graduate courses at the Trial Lawyers College every year since graduating in 2005. 



He is a guest instructor for Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Council. He served as Vice-President of the Georgia Society for Criminal Justice and Secretary of the Gwinnett County Bar’s Criminal Defense Section. Rick is also a member of the National College for DUI Defense and the Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

Rick closely watches his caseload to ensure that he can give each case the attention it deserves. Cases are won and lost in the office as well as in the field. Preparation is the key to success, and Rick’s low caseload allows him to leave no stone unturned.

If your case goes to trial, Rick provides you with access to the most qualified expert witnesses for testimony and consultation. From university professors to former DUI-Task Force police officers, Rick can provide your judge or jury with the information necessary to educate them with the whole truth about field sobriety evaluations and the Intoxilyzer 5000 machine. Rick was also one of a select few lawyers in Georgia to utilize the power of focus groups and mock jury trials in DUI cases. In mock jury trials/focus groups Rick hires citizens similar to the jurors in your jurisdiction, and along with another lawyer he will present your trial to the “mock” jurors to gain a deeper understanding of your case.


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Practice areas


  1. DUI & DWI: 80%
    16 years
  2. Criminal Defense: 20%
    16 years



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Attorney endorsements

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  • Samuel Ray Bagwell

    Rick's modest and approachable style of interaction is so effective because of his massive underlying bank of knowledge and experience. Prosecutors listen and take him seriously because they've seen what he is capable of.


    Samuel Bagwell DUI and DWI Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Sean Phillip Park

    Back when I was a prosecutor, Rick and I had a case together and he was relentless in doing everything he could for a client with a very difficult set of facts. The case was made more difficult by the bureaucratic red tape to get his client into one of the court sanctioned treatment programs. Rick was able to not only strongly advocate on behalf of his client but he also navigated the other details of the case with precision. While we were adversaries in that case, I've seen the commitment he has to his clients and have to say that he is one of the few DUI attorneys in the area that I would recommend to a friend or family member. Plus, he's a great guy to boot.


    Sean Park Personal injury Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

Contact info

Richard T. Ryczek, Jr., LLC

368 W. Pike Street
Suit 203
Lawrenceville, GA, 30045-4860

Atlanta, GA

Decatur, GA

Athens, GA



GAActive Member in Good Standing 199908/05/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers2012
Top 40 Georgia Lawyers Under 40National Trial Lawyers2012
Georgia SuperLawyerAs Published in Atlanta Magazine2012
Super Lawyer -Rising StarGeorgia Trend2011
Most Amazing Winning StreakGeorgia Dodd Group2011
DUI Lawyer of the YearDefense of Drinking Drivers Institute2009
Rising Star AttorneyAtlanta Magazine2008
Georgia Rising Star as Published in Atlanta MagazineAtlanta Magazine2007
Georgia Rising Star DUI LawyerAtlanta Magazine2006
Georgia Rising Star DUI LawyerAtlanta Magazine2005
Most Amazing Jury AcquittalGeorgia Group/Defense of Drinking Drivers2002
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
DUI LawyerClark & Towne P.C.2001 - 2004
Lead Assistant Public Defender in the DUI CourtRocdale Public Defender's Office1999 - 2001
Association namePosition nameDuration
Georgia Association of Criminal Defense LawyersArea Vice-President2008 - 2008
Georgia Defense of Drinking Drivers (Dodd)GroupMember2001 - 2008
National College of DUI DefenseGeneral Member2001 - 2008
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Various successful casesSuccessful Defenses
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Publication nameTitleDate
Institute of Continuing Legal EducationCross Examination/Keeping the Cop Under Control2009
Institute for Continuing Legal EducationHow to Use the ALS Hearing to Limit Issues at Trial2008
Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Spring Seminar MaterialsLephrechauns, Unicorns, the Constitution and Other Figments of the Imagination2008
Defense of Drinking DriversField Sobriety Tests-How to use them to your Advantage2008
Institute of Continuing Legal Education (ICLE Georgia)How to Use the ALS Hearing to Win at Trial2002
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Georgia State University College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1999
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training CouncilCross Examination2009
Drivers License Suspensions and RevocationsCross Examination2009
Institute of Continuing Legal EducationUsing Field Sobriety Evaluations to your Advantage2008
Handling Drivers License Suspensions and RevocationsUsing the Administrative Hearing to Limit Issues at Trial2008
Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Spring MeetingConstitutional Issues in Criminal Defense2008
Georgia Public Standards and Training CouncilDUI Related Issues2007
Handling DUI Administrative SuspensionsHow to Use the ALS Hearing to Win at Trial2002