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Ryan N. Holtan

Criminal defense Attorney at South Jordan, UT

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About Ryan

Learn Ryan’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    State, Federal and Juvenile Criminal Defense

    12 years

  2. DUI and DWI
    Driving Under the Influence, DMV Representation

    12 years

Ryan N. Holtan specializes in criminal defense and trial law. Mr. Holtan grew up in Alaska before attending college in Montana where he raced for Montana State University’s NCAA ski team. After college, Mr. Holtan went to straight to law school at the University of Utah. In his third year of law school, Mr. Holtan elected to participate in a year-long criminal clinic with the Salt Lake County District Attorney’s Office.

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Ryan N. Holtan was raised in Alaska and spent his summers fishing and his winters skiing.  School and skiing took him to Montana State University where he raced for their NCAA Division I ski team.  Mr. Holtan graduated with honors from Montana State University in 2006 with a degree in Political Science.  He immediately enrolled in the S.J. Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah where he focused on criminal and natural resources law.

During his second year of law school Mr. Holtan worked as a law clerk for a large regional Oil & Gas law firm.  In his third year of law school, Mr. Holtan elected to participate in a year-long criminal clinic with the Salt Lake County District Attorney’s Office.  It was there that he discovered his true passion and love trial law.  While at the District Attorney’s Office, Mr. Holtan prosecuted cases for Salt Lake County and the State of Utah.  He handled difficult and complex  criminal charges from arraignment to trial.  This experience has proven invaluable as it gave him an inside look at the system he would later face across the courtroom.

After graduating from law school at the age of only 24, Mr. Holtan went into private civil practice for a short time but left to pursue his career in criminal defense.  He managed his own criminal law practice and quickly gained a reputation for passionate and professional defense.  Managing his own practice gave him a unique perspective on the law and the opportunity to relate directly to his clients.  But after more than a year Mr. Holtan wanted to spend less time on business and more time on law and his clients.  It was then he joined the team at Pearson, Butler & Carson.  He brought the passion and personal contact that made his own practice successful and gained the support and experience of Pearson Butler.

Mr. Holtan is licensed to practice law in the State and Federal Courts of Utah.  He actively participates in the criminal law community and pro bono projects.  He is extremely excited to be a part of Pearson, Butler & Carson and continue serving his clients and protecting their rights.

Mr. Holtan managed his own criminal defense practice in Salt Lake City before joining the team at Pearson Butler & Carson, PLLC.

Licensed for 12 years
State UT
Status Active
Acquired 2010
Updated 03/10/2023

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

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Posted by anonymous | September 1, 2015
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Ryan helped get my case for Criminal Mischief dismissed. He gave great advice, worked very well with the prosecuting attorney and with the judge. He kept me informed every step of the way. I hope to never need an Defense Attorney again but, if I do, I would have Ryan represent me again in a heartbeat.
Posted by Brien | April 20, 2015
A Real Defense Attorney
I hired Ryan for two separate domestic violence cases involving my ex. The charges were bogus to begin with but the prosecutors in both cases wouldn't even listen to my side, they just wanted me to plead guilty to the charges. I hired Ryan, and he quickly got both cases dismissed. He didn't charge an arm and a leg either. He kept me informed throughout the entire process and always had time to answer any questions l had. I highly recommend Mr. Holtan to anyone in need of a real criminal lawyer. Thanks again Ryan!
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Posted by robby | April 5, 2014
Ryan, great great lawyer.
Ryan took amazing care of my case. He got me exactly what i needed, wanted and what was best for me. He listened to my concerns, took them all into account, and advised me on what i asked for. He's very knowledgable. He told me that some of the things I wanted at the moment should be forgotten to better my case at a further date. He was right. Im very very impressed with his skill set and genuine care for me, and my case.
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Posted by Humphrey | February 7, 2013
Ryan Holtan passionate trial lawyer in my son's case
My son was charged with second degree felony. We worked with various other attorneys in this case and we were not happy with their service. We were relieved when we met Mr. Ryan Holtan. Ryan is a young passionate trial lawyer. My family was impressed with his assertiveness, confidence, positive attitude, and a keen interest in my son's case. He was assuring but careful and he outlined his strategy to us and contingency plans in case plan A fails. There was no hidden agenda. Through Ryan's magnificent trial performance, my son was found not guilty in Salt Lake District court held on 11/15/2012. My family was breaking apart because of this case. A conviction could have destroyed my son's future and possible 1-10 year prison term. Ryan did not only save my son's life but the entire family. Ryan believes in evidence and he never showed prejudice of any kind. He had my son’s interest at heart throughout the court proceedings. We will spread the word. Humphrey & family
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Work Experience

  • Head of Criminal Law Department
  • Pearson, Butler, Carson & Cook, PLLC
  • 2012 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Rammell Law, PLLC
  • 2011 - 2012
  • Attorney
  • Beatty & Wozniak, PC
  • 2010 - 2011
  • Criminal Clinic Prosecutor
  • Salt Lake City District Attorney's Office
  • 2009 - 2010
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  • University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2010
  • Montana State University, Bozeman
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 2006


  • Utah Associate of Criminal Defense Laywers
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Utah State Bar
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Client Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • Top 40 Under 40
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Client Distinction Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015

Attorney endorsements

Received (11)
Given (7)
Endorse Ryan
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 09
Relationship: Co-worker
"Ryan is a hard-working attorney who is dedicated to his clients. He spends a great deal of time reviewing each client's case, looking for the evidence necessary to protect their interests and fight for their rights. He is comfortable in the courtroom and has the ability to convey his thoughts in a professional and persuasive manner."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 09
Relationship: Co-worker
"Ryan is an incredible attorney. Not only does he have a firm understanding of the law, he knows how to fully and completely advocate for his clients. I have personally watched Ryan go the extra mile for his clients, and I have sent referrals to him because I trust him completely."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 18
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. He loves what he does which results in success for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 31
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"I endorse Ryan as an great advocate. I personally watched him ensure that his clients are rights are protected. He is not afraid to fight and go to trail if needed to protect the process of law."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 25
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. Ryan is one of the brightest minds in criminal defense. He cares deeply about making sure all his clients receive quality representation and are treated fairly by the law."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 22
Relationship: Co-worker
"Ryan is an excellent attorney who is willing to stand up for his clients in tough situations. I highly recommend him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 22
Relationship: Co-worker
"Brilliant mind and excellent attorney. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 22
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Ryan is one of the best criminal defense attorneys in Utah. Not only is he an aggressive, dedicated and very knowledgeable advocate for his clients’ interests, but he is also thorough and attentive to detail and always achieves great results for his clients without wasting time or resources. Indeed, when it comes to a Utah criminal defense matter, accept no substitute."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Ryan. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 02
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. Ryan is a terrific criminal law attorney. We have worked on several cases together, and his knowledge of the law, and ability understand the necessary elements for alleged criminal acts, has allowed him to achieve impressive results for his clients. He is great in trial, and has the respect of clients, judges and prosecutors for his excellent work."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 20
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Great attorney!"
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South Jordan Criminal defense Lawyer Ryan N. Holtan
Ryan N. Holtan
Criminal defense Attorney
South Jordan, UT
Licensed for 12 years
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