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Ryan Spencer Tait

Criminal defense Attorney at Phoenix, AZ

4.8   20 reviews

also known as Ryan Tait

  • Licensed for 16 years
    State AZ
    Acquired 2007
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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About Ryan

Learn Ryan’s areas of practice.

3
Practice areas
  1. Car accident
    40%

    12 years, 150 cases

  2. Criminal defense
    40%
    Ryan spent his first five years practicing Criminal Law as a felony prosecutor. He worked for one of the largest prosecuting agencies in the country, where he boasted the highest trial success rate in his Major Crimes Bureau. He was recognized multiple times for his trial work and assigned to train new attorneys on effective trial skills. As a criminal defense attorney, Ryan uses those trial skills to defend all types of criminal charges, from DUI's to First Degree Murder.

    17 years, 1,000 cases

  3. DUI and DWI
    20%

    17 years, 175 cases

Ryan Tait is founding partner of Tait & Hall and the firm’s chief litigator. As a persuasive and effective former prosecutor, Ryan successfully captures the attention and respect of anyone who interacts with him. Equipped with trial skills that earned him recognition in each bureau assignment at the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office, Ryan is someone you want on your side. During his tenure as a prosecutor, Ryan took more cases to trial and boasted a higher success rate than any other attorney in his bureau.

Fighting for those accused of crimes is not just a job for Ryan. As a child, Ryan was taunted and bullied by an older, bigger classmate and has never forgotten the feeling of powerlessness that resulted. He was reminded of that feeling when, as a freshman in college, he had a bill go to collections due to a bank error. Unwilling to admit its mistake, the bank forced Ryan to pay a fee or fight its attorney in court and risk paying thousands in attorney’s fees if he lost. Neither option was palatable for a poor college student working part time just to make ends meet. Those experiences where Ryan felt helpless and pushed around were what convinced him to become an attorney – determined to never again be bullied simply because he didn’t understand his rights.

It was also Ryan’s disdain for bullies that led him to choose a career as a criminal prosecutor once he finished law school. Unfortunately, it wasn’t long before Ryan began to see that too often the bullies aren’t the accused, who usually have little power to contest the unfathomably large and powerful government. To his surprise and frustration, Ryan witnessed firsthand the ease with which real people accused of crimes fall prey to overly aggressive law enforcement officers, recklessly one-sided prosecutors, and a mob mentality in public opinion.

Seeing the startling frequency with which those who have the most power casually disregard the real impact their actions have on those with the least power led Ryan to leave his government job and move to private practice, where his empathic and determined approach has led to unrivaled success. Ryan thrives on winning the unwinnable case and defending and fighting for the underdog.

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Location

Tait and Hall, PLLC
4455 E. Camelback Rd., Ste. C250
Phoenix, AZ, 85018

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4.8 / 5.0
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Posted by Justin | March 2, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Grateful is an understatement
I can't thank Mr. Tait and his staff enough! He listened and believed me when the previous firm didn't, which is a feeling that is hard to describe. He was forthright, honest, and only had two days to work on my case, and he worked tirelessly to say the least and did more for my case then the previous firm did in 7 months.
Posted by Oscar Contreras | February 14, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Life changer
I was facing a few felony counts with two prison priors and facing another prison term and I was being accused of some serious allegations. I made one of my best choices in life by hiring Ryan S Tait and he fought hard and aggressively and was able to get my case dismissed and I honestly don't have words to describe how thankful I am. Thanks to his hard work and dedication I'm able to get back with my life. I highly recommend this attorney. So if you find yourself in a difficult situation please don't hesitate and call and ask for Ryan and the rest will be taken care of trust me. He knows the system. Thanks once again Ryan, You guys are the best!!!
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Posted by Cheryl | December 6, 2017
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Client
He was hired last minute re arranged his schedule while taking the time to compassionately talk with me to prepare. He came into court and owned it.
Response from Ryan Tait December 14, 2017
Thank you Cheryl! It was a pleasure to help you on this case! We are thrilled with the outcome.
Posted by Janna | August 14, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Confident. Capable. Experienced. Dedicated. Passionate. Caring. Not Arrogant.
We hired Tait and Hall at the recommendation of one of the best lawyers we know. Now we consider Ryan, AJ and Grace as some of the best lawyers and people we know too. It was at a very difficult time in our life that we hired this firm. They devoted many hours and resources to knowing our case and preparing to help us in any way possible. I felt that they listened to every thought I shared and took it into consideration as we prepared for trial. I valued their counsel and really the integrity with which they work. "Truth is more powerful than a bullet proof statement," will always be something I attribute to Ryan as he empowered us and helped us to be prepared for whatever came. I absolutely recommend these attorneys and know that walking a hard time in the criminal justice system will never be easy, but with Ryan, AJ and Grace you are in the best of hands.
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Posted by Aaron | July 5, 2017
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Great Lawyer
Ryan Tait was very professional In every sense of the meaning in regards to my case or anytime we met to discuss my case. He made sure I understood everything that was going on or what was going to happen..was always courteous in giving me information ahead of time so I was not blindsided by anything.He took his time with my case and didn't rush through it he made sure I got the best deal possible for my case..he was able to get 2 of my 3 counts to drop off during the process..anything I asked for he made sure it was accommodated..I would recommend Ryan to anyone with any legal issues or questions
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Posted by wyatt | June 19, 2017
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Moore Case
we were very happy the way they talked to us,kept us up to date on the progress and followed up after it was over
Posted by Denise | April 28, 2017
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Auto accident settlement
It was a weight off our shoulders to have representation after we were rear ended by a driver with no insurance and our car was totaled. These guys took great care of all the details.
Response from Ryan Tait June 9, 2017
Thank you for for your review, Denise. I'm so pleased we could take care of you!
Posted by Vince | April 19, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Professional, devoted, honest and reliable! Couldnt have asked for a better outcome
Ryan Tait and AJ Hall's professionalism, experience and knowledge is unparalleled. They take their clients and cases very seriously. They are devoted to make sure you get the outcome that is fair and justified. They have assisted me in more than one criminal case and made me feel very comfortable knowing i was in good hands. There service is honest, reliable and gets results. I would recomend them to anyone. I cant thank them enough for there services and great prices! Thank you!!
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Response from Ryan Tait June 9, 2017
Thank you Vince. We are ecstatic that we were able to help you!
Posted by Tara | April 12, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Ryan Taitt
Hiring Ryan Taitt was the best decision we made in our sons case. Legal matters involving prosecutor's and the court's is extremely confusing and stressful to say the least. Our son was originally assigned a public defender that left us in the dark with no answers for months. After hiring Ryan I actually had my first full night of sleep in over a year. He answered our questions and explained the process so we could better understand the situation. He responded to us quickly at any given day or time that we reached out with concerns. He did not back down and fought hard for our son. His staff was professional and a great help. More importantly he really cared about our sons future. He did not view him as another criminal or case file but as the great young man we know him to be. Our experience with him was amazing. Ryan may never know the comfort and peace of mind he gave our family through this unfortunate situation. We are thankful for his hard work and professional knowledge. As I hope we may never need his services again I would consider none other than Ryan
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Response from Ryan Tait June 9, 2017
Thank you for trusting us with your son's case, Tara. It was a pleasure representing him!
Posted by Tina | February 16, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Best Lawyer EVER
It was a very sticky situation for my son. If it weren't for Ryans expertise my son would still be in jail to this day. My son was out of jail in 80 days which truly is a miracle. He would have had to be in Jail at least a year and up to 2 years if it weren't for Ryan Tait . He is amazing. I can't say enough about his skills, very friendly and a go getter. Thank you so much Ryan. We love your dedication to my sons case and will tell everyone what a fantastic lawyer you are, your office crew were wonderful too. Thank you Ryan from the bottom of our hearts.
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Posted by Jeanette | January 13, 2017
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Best Law Firm
I used Tait & Hall to set aside some past misdemeanor convictions. The results were outstanding as the set asides were granted by the court and thats due to their hard working. They always kept me updated on the process of my set aside cases and kept good communication through it all. I highly recommend Tait & Hall for any legal advice in the criminal field, personal injury, civil litigation & real estate.
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Response from Ryan Tait June 9, 2017
Thank you, Jeanette! So glad we could help!
Posted by Frank | June 10, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Mr. Ryan did an Excellent Job for our family.
Ryan Tait did an excellent job for our family. Ryan was very cordial and professional. He answered every single phone call of mine and took all the time I needed to talk about our case. Ryan called me exactly when he said he would call and he would have all the information he said he would have for me. We are very satisfied with Mr. Tait and his fine associate Mr. A.J. Hall. The outcome of our case was far better than we expected. We would highly recommend Ryan Tait to anyone who needs a very competent and aggressive attorney.
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Response from Ryan Tait June 15, 2016
Thank you for your kind review, Frank. I am so happy we were able to help!
Posted by Travis | April 11, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
BEST CHOICE OUT THERE
If you need a lawyer that listens to you and helps get what you want/need, he's the guy. I heard good things about him and he didn't let me down. He is a true ally and will not let others walk all over you. I'm currently going through a nasty divorce and he has stepped in to help when false allegations were made against me. It has been about a month or so since he helped me and he text me a few days ago to check in and see how I'm doing! Such a good guy but doesn't take crap from the opposing counsel/party. I will always refer people in need to him. I trust him to fight for me and my family. His rating should be a 10 out of 10. Seriously, meet with his firm, you will not be disappointed. Thanks Ryan for all your help!
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Response from Ryan Tait June 15, 2016
Thank you, Travis. It was an honor to fight for you in such a worthy cause!
Posted by Heidi | February 23, 2016
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Pleased customer
We would like to write a review for Ryan Tait as we are extremely pleased with his very professional representation on our family case.Thank for always keeping us informed . We would definitely recommend him as he has all of the necessary knowledge and experience to be an outstanding legal adviser. **thank you for always
Response from Ryan Tait June 15, 2016
Thank you, Heidi. I look at the trial result in your family member's case as one of my most rewarding victories. You have a wonderful family and I am so happy that your loved one is home where they belong!
Posted by anonymous | February 8, 2016
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Mr. Ryan Tait
We were referred to Tait & Hall through friends. We are so happy we chose this legal team to represent my son, as well as, helping us through the process of legal action. Their defense knowledge and experience put us at ease. We worked with Mr. Tait...who was very confident, yet realistic. I plan to refer anyone in the issues we faced to use Tait & Hall.
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Response from Ryan Tait June 15, 2016
Thank you so much! Your son is a wonderful person with great potential. We were ecstatic to be a part of helping get his charges dropped.
Posted by Laura | January 24, 2016
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Ryan the best lawyer
I will higly recommend Ryan to any one, personally i can say he is one of the best lawyers in Az, he does his best to get the job done. Hes always demostrated confidence which gave us peace of mind. He treats his clients with recpect and he knows how to listen. Ryan did an exelent job in our case he persevered until the end. If you are looking for a lawyer that gets the job done and always willing to tell you the truth get Ryan.
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Response from Ryan Tait June 15, 2016
Thank you Laura, it was an honor assisting your family!
Posted by anonymous | October 27, 2015
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Highly Recommended!!
Ryan Tait is a very talented, professional and knowledgeable DUI lawyer in Arizona. His dedication and commitment to my case helped get most of my charges dropped and my sentence reduced greatly. He was very attentive, responsive, payed close attention to detail and showed genuine concern about my case and I could not be more thankful. I would recommend Ryan Tait to anyone in need of a DUI lawyer. You will not regret your decision.
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Response from Ryan Tait June 15, 2016
Thank you so much for your review. It was an honor representing you and glad we were able to help get a favorable outcome!
Posted by Aaronessa | October 20, 2015
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Best decision ive ever made
I hired this lawyer to take on my case that didn't look like it was a winning case he won my case for me and I'm a free woman today to be able to speak of it
Response from Ryan Tait June 15, 2016
Thank you Aaronessa! We are so pleased that we were able to get your case dismissed!
Posted by Allison | September 1, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Best decision I could have made
I am not exaggerating when I say that choosing to hire Ryan Tait as my attorney has had a greater impact in changing the course of my life for the better than any other decision I have ever made. I retained him as my attorney during the most stressful time of my entire life--I was being investigated by law enforcement for something that had the potential for life altering consequences. Law enforcement had severe and damning evidence against me and I was absolutely terrified that I was going to lose everything. Ryan got involved and was incredibly aggressive in working with law enforcement to resolve the matter. He was able to get ALL charges dropped which was something I didn't think would ever be possible. Before hiring Ryan I had consulted with a different attorney who suggested that my best possible option was to plea to some pretty serious offenses-I was devastated at that news and continued my search for an attorney who wouldn't give up--that's when I found Ryan. I am so glad that I didn't listen to the other attorney and instead invested in hiring Ryan as my attorney. He was so easy to talk to and was compassionate and totally nonjudgemental. He believed in me and was confident and passionate about fighting for me. At the end of the whole ordeal I was told by an individual from law enforcement that I was incredibly lucky that I had such a good attorney--I believe this to be true and it is obvious that he is well known and respected and/or feared by law enforcement. If you are reading this review because you are searching for an attorney, I can say with confidence that you will not regret choosing to hire Ryan Tait.
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Response from Ryan Tait October 6, 2015
Thank you for your comments, Allison. It was an honor to help you with your situation. I am thrilled that we were able to convince the State to do the right thing in your case!
Posted by Vanessa | July 14, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Highly disappointed
I was referred to Ryan through a friend. The consultation was wonderful. He told me I would receive a small reduced fee due to the referral. The papers I signed didn’t reflect that and I didn’t notice until months later. My case was passed to a. Different attorney in the firm. I never saw or spoke to Ryan again. The second attorney was great but moved on. I was not notified until some guy called to update me on my case. He didn’t himself as my new attorney until I asked who he was. I thought he was a receptionist or paralegal. This attorney was condescending and disinterested in even making me feel as if his interests were to represent me. Today I called the office and asked to speak to Ryan about my concerns and with issues of further consequences that I was assured would not result in taking a bogus guilty plea. I was informed that would be another case. Save your money. There are more affordable attorneys that will do the same things and maybe more for you. I’m so disappointed because they came so highly recommend.
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Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Managing Partner
  • Tait & Hall, PLLC
  • 2015 - Present
  • Associate Attorney
  • Alcock & Associates, PC
  • 2012 - 2015
  • Deputy County Attorney
  • Maricopa County Attorney's Office
  • 2007 - 2012

Education

  • University of California at Los Angeles School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2007
  • Brigham Young University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 2002

Sample of Legal Cases

  • State v. JF
  • All charges dismissed!
  • State v. NS
  • All charges dropped!
  • State v. RC
  • All charges dismissed!
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Associations

  • Maricopa County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • DUI Defense Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • United States District Court for the District of Arizona
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Arizona Forensic Science Academy
  • Graduate
  • 2010 - 2011
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Top 40 under 40
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2016

Publications

Speaking Engagements

  • Paralegal Training Seminar
  • Managing Criminal Case Flow
  • 2014
  • New Hire Training
  • Effective Cross-Examination
  • 2012
  • Juvenile Law Symposium
  • Introduction to Juvenile Delinquency Law
  • 2010

Attorney endorsements

Received (18)
Given (27)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 05
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have had the great pleasure of working with Mr. Tait for several years. Mr. Tait was a thoughtful and effective supervisor and teacher while at the county attorney's office. I was fortunate enough to work with him on a jury trial where I saw first hand how well he prepared motions, opening and closing statements and cross examination. It was a valuable lesson for me in trial preparation. As a defense attorney Mr. Tait and I worked together for just under a year. He again was an inspiring person to work with and learn from. I relied on his advice and legal knowledge heavily when I began working in criminal defense. He is easily one of the most brilliant legal minds, any case he takes rest assured is in good hands."
White collar crime Attorney | Mar 11
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Mr. Tait is a tireless advocate for his clients. He explores and pursues all legal avenues of defense on behalf of his clients, insuring the best possible outcome. I endorse him completely."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Ryan for several years. We have worked together on several cases where he and I have represented co-defendants. Ryan is a great lawyer, is always prepared and does a tremendous job for his clients"
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 28
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have worked with Mr. Tait on a number of cases involving mutual clients facing immigration consequences. Mr. Tait's skillful advocacy skills helped him successfully defend these clients. He is an exceptional attorney with years of trial and courtroom experience. I wholeheartedly endorse Mr. Tait."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 27
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I had the pleasure of working side-by-side with Mr. Tait for over two years. During that time, he handled multiple matters with ease. These ranged from every day misdemeanors to serious felonies. I was always impressed with his work, and I learned a lot about being an effective lawyer from Mr. Tait. He is one of the best trial attorneys I have ever seen. He cares about his clients and uses his experience to explain everything happening in their case. You can tell from the moment you meet Mr. Tait that he genuinely cares about what he is doing. You are in great hands if you choose Mr. Tait to represent you."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've known Ryan since he began practicing in Arizona. When he was a prosecutor, he had a great reputation. It is one that has carried with him in all the years he has practiced criminal defense. He is well liked by his clients and respected by his peers. We often discuss current legal issues when we see each other in court and I hold him in high regard."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 07
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Ryan and I had a major felony trial together. He fights for his clients. He's smart, charismatic, and very skilled in the art of cross examination. You won't regret hiring him!"
Unknown Attorney | Oct 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ryan is an excellent attorney, he is dedicated to his clients and diligently works on their cases. His courtroom demeanor and litigation skills are exceptional and he is highly respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ryan Tait is an exceptional attorney and is well respected in the community among prosecutors, defense attorneys and judges. He is especially talented at oral argument and in conducting trials. He is incredibly smart and convincing. I would trust him to handle a matter of my own."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ryan Tait is a fantastic attorney. I strongly endorse this lawyer. Hire him with with the ease of knowing that he is one of the top attorneys in Arizona."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ryan is a skilled and intelligent trial lawyer. He is relentless in his quest to achieve the best possible results for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 29
Relationship: Co-worker
"Great attorney. Smart and aggressive."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Tait is one the best attorneys in Phoenix. Highly recommended and highly skilled."
Litigation Attorney | Apr 08
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Mr. Tait is an extremely smart and persuasive trial attorney and has managed to achieve some incredible results for his clients. He was a prosecutor for the State of Arizona and worked diligently in that position and has carried that same passion into private practice. I've personally observed Mr. Tait in trial and have been very impressed with the knowledge, presence and strategy that he uses to accomplish enviable results. I don't hesitate when I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 31
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have worked as immigration counsel on a few matters that were first handled by Mr. Tait as criminal matters. He has always been very responsive when I have needed information about the case and helpful in framing any issues from the criminal matter that I needed help understanding. From what I can see, his clients have had nothing but positive things to say about his professionalism, punctuality, fee affordability, and results in the court room. Highly recommend for any type of criminal litigation matter."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 18
Relationship: Co-worker
"Mr. Tait is a highly skillful trial lawyer and litigator. I recommend him to anyone looking for an aggressive criminal defense attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 15
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Ryan is a great trial lawyer. I have personally observed him in trial here in Phoenix. He is a master of the facts and the law. He truly cares about his clients and he achieves impressive results. He is also quite friendly and approachable. I endorse this lawyer without reservation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 14
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"I wholeheartedly endorse this lawyer. Ryan can take on the most difficult and serious felony cases, and get great results. I would trust him with my own case if I were facing such dire circumstances."
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