Ryan grew up in Sheridan, Wyoming where he enjoyed hiking, camping, fishing and hunting in the Bighorn Mountains. He attended public school until the 7th grade, then was home schooled and enrolled in Sheridan College at 14, later becoming the youngest graduate at 17 and with honors. After college, he worked as an insurance agent in his family's business. While working in insurance, Ryan joined the Sheridan College speech and debate team, winning regional and national awards which earned him a scholarship to Northern Arizona University where he graduated in 2003 Summa Cum Laude with his bachelor’s degree in political science.
He pursued his passion for creating change in society through the study of law, enrolling at Georgetown University Law Center in 2005. During law school, Ryan worked on the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pension Committee under then Chairman Senator Michael Enzi. After graduating law school, Ryan moved to New York City and joined a boutique New York City law firm where he practiced commercial and corporate law. In private practice, Ryan worked in numerous areas, including criminal law, contracts, construction, employment discrimination, insurance coverage, insurance defense, international law, negotiations, and mediation.
Ryan returned to Wyoming in 2012, serving as a Deputy County Attorney handling criminal and civil matters for Johnson County, Wyoming. In 2015, Ryan joined the Laramie County District Attorney's Office as an Assistant District Attorney where he prosecuted complex felonies over four years. He also served as a Special Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Wyoming for approximately three years managing drug prosecutions in Southeast Wyoming. As a prosecutor, Ryan conducted dozens of jury trials, provided legal assistance to government agencies and law enforcement agents, oversaw wiretaps and large-scale investigations of narcotic drug networks, and prosecuted hundreds of felony cases. Ryan has hands-on experience in numerous areas of the law.
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Peer Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2019|
|Summa Cum Laude||Northern Arizona University||2003|
|Owner||The Wright Law Firm||2019 - Present|
|Assistant District Attorney||District Attorney Office for the First Judicial District of Wyoming||2015 - 2018|
|Special Assistant United States Attorney||District Attorney Office for the First Judicial District of Wyoming||2015 - 2018|
|Deputy County Attorney||Johnson County Attorney Office||2012 - 2015|
|Associate||Silverman Sclar Shin & Byrne PLLC||2008 - 2011|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Wyoming Trial Lawyers Association||Member||2018 - Present|
|Georgetown University Law Center||Juris Doctor||2008|
|Northern Arizona University||B.S., Political Science||2003|
|Wyoming State Bar Annual Meeting & Judicial Conference||Understanding Bonds for Criminal Cases||2018|
|Wilkerson v. State, 2014 WY 136, 336 P. 3d 1188 (Wyo. 2014)|
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