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Ryan J. Harrington

Criminal defense Attorney at Milwaukee, WI

4.9   30 reviews

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About Ryan

Learn Ryan’s areas of practice.

4
Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    70%
    Ryan practices throughout Wisconsin representing defendants charged with everything from a minor traffic offense to a homicide and EVERYTHING in between-- drug cases, white collar crime, burglaries, violent crimes, etc.

    28 years, 1,500 cases

  2. Chapter 7 bankruptcy
    10%
    Ryan handles Chapter 7 consumer bankruptcy cases in southeastern Wisconsin, helping individuals and families get out from under insurmountable debt.

    22 years, 200 cases

  3. Domestic violence
    10%
    Ryan represents both petitioners and respondents throughout southeastern Wisconsin in matters involving Temporary Restraining Orders and injunction hearings relating to allegations of domestic abuse, harassment, and child abuse.

    28 years, 200 cases

  4. Personal injury
    10%
    Ryan represents individuals and families throughout Wisconsin who are injured as a result of the negligence of others, including instances involving wrongful death.

    28 years, 200 cases

Ryan has been in practice for over 25 years, having worked in both Wisconsin and Illinois while focusing on criminal defense, personal injury, Chapter 7 bankruptcies, and temporary restraining orders due to domestic abuse, harassment, and child abuse.

 

Ryan joined Halling & Cayo as a partner on March 1, 2017, after having practiced for 15 years with another highly respected firm, where he spent his last 10 years as partner.  Ryan has practiced in more than twenty counties throughout the State of Wisconsin and was praised for his trial skills by the Wisconsin State Public Defender in an issue of its monthly publication after winning an acquittal in his very first felony jury trial back in 1998. 

 

Ryan has won acquittals at trial for clients facing a wide range of criminal charges, including Reckless Homicide, Delivery of Cocaine, Reckless Endangerment, Battery to a Police Officer, OWI, and Battery (Domestic Abuse).  

 

He is a former elected member and Secretary of the Waukesha County Bar Association's Board of Directors, is a current member of the Milwaukee Repertory Theater's Community Advisory Board, serves on the board of the Whitefish Bay Civic Foundation, and is a former adjunct instructor in the Criminal Justice program at Bryant & Stratton College.  

 

Ryan has been recognized as a "Rising Star" and "Super Lawyer" by Wisconsin Super Lawyers, as published in Milwaukee Magazine.  The "Rising Stars" selection process is strictly merit-based and includes peer nominations and independent research of candidates.  His distinction as a "Rising Star" was an honor given to no more than 2.5% of Wisconsin's lawyers while his "Super Lawyers" recognition is awarded to no more than 5% of Wisconsin's lawyers.

 

Ryan has been included on Milwaukee Magazine's Best Lawyers List for 5 consecutive years.  Milwaukee Magazine's Best Lawyers List recognizes roughly the top 2% to 5% of lawyers in each practice area.  

 

Ryan has also been voted multiple times as being among Greater Milwaukee's best criminal defense lawyers and bankruptcy lawyers by readers of The Shepherd Express in its annual "Best of Milwaukee  Readers' Choice Awards" and is also a recipient of Martindale-Hubbell's Client Distinction Award, which is given to less than 4% of the over 900,000 attorneys listed on and .

 

The American Society of Legal Advocates has selected Ryan as one of the top 100 criminal defense lawyers in Wisconsin after a 6-month selection process involving tens of thousands of attorneys.  Inclusion comprises less than 1.5% of lawyers.

 

Ryan was born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, as the first of two children. He attended Marquette University and received a bachelor of arts degree in English and history in 1992, graduating as a member of both the English and history National Honor Societies.

 

Ryan obtained his doctor of jurisprudence in 1995 from Marquette Law School, where his maternal grandfather, Kenneth K. Luce, had taught as a law professor for over thirty years while also maintaining a private practice. Ryan accepted a nomination to serve as a member of the Moot Court Board and, during portions of both his undergraduate and law school studies, worked as an intern at the Milwaukee County District Attorney's Office. In addition, Ryan was employed by Marquette's Educational Opportunity Program as a university tutor for economically underprivileged students during his final three years of undergraduate study and also for one year while in law school.

 

Ryan is licensed to practice in the Eastern and Western Districts of Wisconsin, as well as the Northern District of Illinois, and is a member of the State Bar of Wisconsin, the Milwaukee and Waukesha County Bar Associations, the Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Justinian Society of Lawyers, and the Eastern District of Wisconsin Bar Association.  He is also a former member of the Milwaukee Young Lawyers Association and the private bar panel for the Wisconsin State Public Defender's Office.

Licensed for 27 years
State WI
Status Good Standing
Acquired 1995
Updated 03/05/2023

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

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4.9 / 5.0
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Posted by Barbara | July 29, 2020
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Attorney Harrington's services were very professional. He guided us through the entire process without being stressed out.
Posted by anonymous | July 13, 2020
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In My Defense
I guess in any case, getting the results you expected is an excellent way to rate your lawyer. In my case, Mr. Harrington delivered the expected/desired results. He was always available and kept me up to date. His experience and connections within the system helped in my case. I would recommend him to anybody seeking an experienced lawyer.
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Posted by Carrie | June 8, 2020
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TRO
A very thorough, professional, patient, and compassionate lawyer. Assisted me with a restraining order issue in family court.
Posted by anonymous | April 29, 2019
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Highly professional ,and a very strong advocate of his clients
I found attorney Harrington on avvo and I believe I owe this review to avvo so other people can find him and benefit from his legal services, It was during the holiday season when I found that my ex wife had filed for a TRO. Being a physician and having no experience with the legal system I found him on AVVO. I was lucky to get in touch with him. He was very professional and heard the entire case in detail before we even hired him. He did an excellent Job in laying out the entire case and got a favorable decision for me. I feel I was really lucky to have found a lawyer who was professional and invested in the case and did a great job in proving the actual motives behind the filing of TRO by my ex wife. I would recommend him to everyone and would hire him again if I ever need to.
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Posted by Leigha | April 19, 2019
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Best in the business HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
When your in such a traumatic time in your life and then to find somebody that you can trust and has ur best interest! Can only be heaven sent! Ryan Harrington you have been a blessing and thank you for all of ur support and fight! Well done ❤
Posted by Dustin | December 10, 2018
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Your Best Interest is #1
Ryan, came highly recommended and after having him work my case I can see why. He was always in touch with the most up to date happenings and did everything he could to make sure my interests were placed on top.
Posted by Brett | December 10, 2018
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Excellent Help!
Ryan was very nice, and easy to talk to. He helped me a lot in my case allowing me to get a pleasing result.
Posted by anonymous | December 9, 2018
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Repeat Client
It was quite disconcerting to find myself with multiple cases and facing over 80 years, given a formerly pristine record Yet, Atty. Harrington reassured me that we would obtain the desired outcome and ultimately executed his strategy masterfully. From meticulously sifting through hundreds of pages of discovery material and coordinating with medical experts and other pertinent parties to expertly negotiating with the prosecuting attorneys and presenting himself very professionally in court, he displayed genuine concern for my well-being. Even when the judge displayed an overtly unfavorable disposition towards us due to the sensitive nature the charges in one of my cases, he managed to completely reverse their perspective of the situation by the end. All questions were answered promptly and thoroughly; would not hesitate to retain again if I were requiring representation down the road for criminal charges.
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Posted by anonymous | April 5, 2018
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Amazing!
I had to place a restraining order on my child's father and was extremely nervous to do so being there was no police reports. Ryan made it happen with consistent and clear communication. He was very fast acting and empathetic all at the same time. He gave proper honest expectations and made the difficult process very easy to navigate. I would recommend him in a heartbeat. The case was over in a very quick matter and go to the results we were hoping for.
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Posted by anonymous | February 22, 2018
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Best lawyer Ever!!!!
Attorney Harrington was there for us in a very hard time... he kept us well informed of everything that was going on. I felt like he really did above and beyond for us... He is Awesome!!!!Thank you for everything!!!!
Posted by anonymous | February 8, 2018
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Knowledgeable and empathetic
Ryan efficiently handled my case, clearly experienced in his areas of expertise and the related professionals needed to resolve matters.
Posted by anonymous | February 8, 2018
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Highly recommend Ryan!
Ryan Harrington came recommended to me by multiple people. After our initial meeting I knew that he was going to be a great lawyer and hired him right away. Not only is he extremely professional, he is amazing at what he does. Ryan is extremely knowledgeable and has plenty of experience, I could not be more happy with the outcome of my cases. Do not look any further than him for a winning attorney.
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Posted by Irene | October 20, 2017
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Spectacular Experience
Hiring Ryan Harrington to handle my bankruptcy was the best decision I could have made. I was in the worst financial position of my life, felt horrible and stuck. I have never had to hire a lawyer or even be in court before. Ryan explained every step thouroughly and made me feel at ease that I was going through the right process to make my life better. When I had any questions he responded quickly and made sure the information was clear. From start to finish, I never felt lost or felt like I couldn't call him. I knew what I had to do and what the next step was. He was very responsive and he made me feel relaxed, not intimidated and completely comfortable. Being comfortable was important because finances are personal, especially when you are in a bad financial position. I am so relieved to finally be debt free and have all those worries be a part of the past. My experience was much less stressful than I had expected and I credit that to having chosen to work with Ryan.
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Posted by David | October 19, 2017
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Excellent Help
Ryan worked with my daughter through a difficult time, preparing her for her testimony and the testimony that she might hear. He was able to anticipate the opposing attorney's strategy and came to a very satisfactory conclusion. I would recommend him highly.
Posted by Nancy | October 19, 2017
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Wical bankruptcy case
A great attorney. He was very caring of what we needed to process and get our legal matters accomplished in a short time. Very happy with the result of his work he did for us.
Posted by anonymous | October 13, 2017
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Excellent
Ryan was very attentive and gave realistic counsel to my case. He helped me understand the process and gave me confidece.
Posted by Karin | October 12, 2017
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Best and only attorney I will have
Ryan is extremely easy to talk to and veey down to Earth. He doesnt fit the stereotype of attorneys and by that I mean he is very approachable, listens well, and is compassionate and empathetic. I have known and worked with atty Harrington for years and his demeanor hasn't changed over the last 15 years. Extremely personable and very responsive
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Posted by Chad | November 24, 2016
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If you want the best you'll get the best!!!
Ryan was from the beginning of my criminal case upfront and honest about what he could do for me. The reality is that what I was told at first was the worse case! Of which was way better than what the D.A was offering!!! Long story short he is as competent as attorney you could possibly have! He is personal and there with you step by step!!! I never had to go to court for my criminal charges and Attorney Harrington represented me each and every time allowing me to work within my career!!! Final result was that after nine months and going to trial he got all of my criminal charges completely and with predudice Dismissed... !!!! Ryan is there for you and your best interest !!! He's the best of the best hands down!!! Set up a consultation and you will see why Ryan Harrington is a super lawyer in criminal cases, bankruptcy and personal injury!!!! I got more than I had ever expected and am more satisfied than words can explain
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Posted by Jenny | September 29, 2015
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Excellent Representation
Being charged with felony was a very scary thing to me. I talked to over 10 lawyers, and i decided to hire Mr Ryan Harrington. He is a very professional, knowledgeable, efficient, honest lawyer. His performance at the court is excellent. I were able to obtain a favorable result at pre-trial. I truly appreciate Mr Harrington's representation. I highly recommend Ryan Harrington.
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Posted by Russ | March 16, 2014
Great Representation
Ryan did an outstanding job representing a case that involved a long history and multiple facets including minor children. I would have no hesitation recommending Ryan to anyone in the Waukesha/Milwaukee area.
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 45 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney/Partner
  • Halling & Cayo, S.C.
  • 2017 - Present
  • Partner
  • D'Angelo & Jones, LLP
  • 2007 - 2017
  • Associate Attorney
  • D'Angelo & Jones, LLP
  • 2002 - 2007
  • Attorney
  • Linde & Schottler, LLC
  • 2001 - 2002
  • Attorney
  • Feingold & Bates, LLP
  • 1998 - 2001
  • Attorney
  • McGranaghan & Stawski
  • 1995 - 1998
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Education

  • Marquette University Law School
  • Law
  • 1995
  • Marquette University
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • 1992

Legal Cases

  • State of Wisconsin vs. Client
  • Not Guilty of 1st Degree Intentional Homicide by Reason of Mental Disease or Defect
  • State of Wisconsin vs. Client
  • Jury verdict of Not Guilty (Battery)
  • Personal Injury action
  • Settled prior to trial for $700,000.00
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Associations

  • Whitefish Bay Civic Foundation
  • Board Member
  • 2019 - Present
  • Community Advisory Board for the Milwaukee Repertory Theater
  • Board Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • Board of Directors for the Waukesha County Bar Association
  • Board Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Waukesha County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2002 - Present
  • Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2002 - Present
  • Justinian Society of Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2002 - Present
  • State Bar of Wisconsin
  • Member
  • 1995 - Present
  • Milwaukee Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1995 - Present
  • Eastern District of Wisconsin Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1995 - Present
  • More For 4 Foundation
  • Board Member
  • 2017 - 2019
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Best of Milwaukee Readers' Choice Awards
  • Shepherd Express
  • 2016
  • Nominated as one of the "10 Best" Attorneys for WI
  • American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys
  • 2016
  • Milwaukee's Highest Ranked Attorneys
  • M Magazine
  • 2015
  • Client Distinction Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2012
  • Rising Star
  • Wisconsin Super Lawyers
  • 2010
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Speaking Engagements

  • High schools across SE Wisconsin
  • Various Legal Issues
  • N/A

Attorney endorsements

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Given (16)
Endorse Ryan
Criminal defense Attorney | May 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ryan is an excellent attorney whom I have observed in court many, many times. He is always well prepared and obtains very favorable outcomes for his clients. I would not hesitate to recommend Ryan as a criminal defense lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ryan is an excellent criminal defense attorney. Not only does he have the requisite knowledge of the substantive law, but he also has a great presence in the courtroom and works well with clients. I've referred several cases to Ryan if our firm is unable to handle a matter, and I have the utmost confidence in him."
Chapter 7 bankruptcy Attorney | Oct 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I referred several people to Ryan Harrington who needed legal services near Milwaukee, WI. These individuals subsequently reported back to me that they were very satisfied with Ryan Harrington's legal representation."
Chapter 7 bankruptcy Attorney | Oct 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have referred numerous clients to Attorney Harrington when they were in poor financial straits while going through a divorce. He sensitively guided them through the process and considered all alternative options prior to even recommending bankruptcy. I highly recommend him as not just an attorney, but as a true counselor."
Chapter 7 bankruptcy Attorney | Oct 11
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I highly endorse Ryan and his work. He and I worked together on a high profile case in the last couple of years. He was well prepared and a strong advocate for his client's rights. He and I were able to resolve the case, both to his client's and my client's best interests."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer.Ryan and I have worked together for 10 years. We consult on every major case, tried a homicide case together, and are presently representing the defendant in a 1st degree homicide. Ryan is exhaustive in his trial preparation. I would hire him if I needed a good lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He is thorough in his preparation and a very good advocate in court."
Family Attorney | Oct 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Ryan is a dedicated advocate for his clients. He is also a very kind person. He provides high quality legal services and I highly recommend him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"As a fellow lawyer, I have know Ryan personally and professionally for almost 20 years. I know him to be extremely intelligent, hard-working and responsive to the needs of his clients."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Oct 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Harrington has the experience, knowledge, and skills to guide you through the bankruptcy process. You can trust Attorney Harrington to help you with each step of the process. An excellent attorney and a great person."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have worked with ryan on a number of complex cases. He does a great job."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have had the opportunity to work with Attorney Harrington for many years. As an Assistant District Attorney, I always respected Attorney Harrington's opinion and dedication to his clients. As a Defense Attorney, I continue to hold Attorney Harrington in the same high regard. He is a great litigator and has earned a great reputation as an Attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ryan is an excellent litigator. He has always represented his clients to the highest standards and professionalism. I would recommend him to any potential clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 08
Relationship: Co-worker
"I highly recommend Attorney Harrington for criminal defense, bankruptcy, and personal injury law. He is a dedicated advocate, and is well respected by both judges and district attorneys. I consider him to be an innovative leader in all of his areas of practice."
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Milwaukee Criminal defense Lawyer Ryan J. Harrington
Ryan J. Harrington
Criminal defense Attorney
Milwaukee, WI
Licensed for 27 years
Free Consultation