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Ryan Phillip Friedman

Immigration Attorney at Sacramento, CA

4.8   19 reviews
  • Licensed for 15 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2007
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Ryan

Learn Ryan’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Immigration
    Defense of removal, asylum, and adjustment of status. Representation in front of USCIS, appeals, etc. Attorney Friedman employs two, full-time attorney employees who provide primary assistance on immigration matters.

    16 years, 1,000 cases

  2. Criminal defense
    All matters of criminal defense, with an emphasis on major felonies and minor cases where the accused cannot suffer any conviction due to collateral effects on career, licensing, and/or personal reputation.

    16 years, 1,000 cases

  3. Car accident
    We represent victims of car accidents, who are are not at fault for the loss of their personal property and who suffer personal injury at the hands of negligent 3rd parties.

    16 years, 300 cases

My firm provides quality reprsentation in criminal defense, immigration defense, and personal injury matters. As of 2023, we have a staff of four, full-time attorneys with a combined 50+ years in defending clients' rights against State/Federal governments, and standing up to large insurance companies. We take our client's cases personally, and provide compassionate representation to those who have found themselves in the unfortuante position of having to defend themselves in legal proceedings. 

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Friedman Law Firm
1383 Garden Highway
Suite 200
Sacramento, CA, 95833


4.8 / 5.0
  19 customer reviews
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Posted by anonymous | March 9, 2021
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Fantastic Attorney 10 Stars
Ryan Friedman is an amazing attorney. He does his due diligence on all matters presented in front of him. He is a true subject matter expert who finds solutions and never excuses. He was upfront with me and attentive to my matter. I was new to Sacramento County after relocating from Los Angeles county. I volunteered for a temporary restraining order in SolCal because I wanted to work on a dead marriage. My ex wife filed multiple falsified law enforcement that landed me a case in the Sacramnto District Attorneys Office. I am truly thankful to Mr. Friedman because he was able to get the District Attorneys office to drop the case while I was able to plead innocent. Mr. Friedman is an honest attorney with an honest practice. He and all the associates at Friedman law are amazing people. I will recommend Mr. Friedman to my network and I would recommend his services if you have a criminal issue. Thank you again Mr. Friedman fir all your help! - T.
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Posted by anonymous | November 2, 2020
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I recommend Ryan Phillip
Ryan Phillip has been incredible! He helped with my sons criminal fees getting them reduced and dismissed. He labored with DA in a expert and successful way. He is assured and a difficult employee. Ryan Phillip and His team of workers are extremely good and I exceptionally advise him.
Posted by Michael | February 5, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Professional & Well-Educated Attorney
I would definitely recommend Friedman Law Firm as Ryan and his team were able to expedite the whole process with my situation as it is now behind me. I can say with confidence that Attorney Ryan Friedman will carefully evaluate your case and go above and beyond for his clients. I am truly grateful for his expert knowledge and assistance. He helped me with terminating probation early and expunging my record all at once. Thank you so much Ryan! If I ever need someone for legal representation, I wouldn't hesitate to contact you again.
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Posted by anonymous | January 29, 2020
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Awesome Law Firm
Ryan and the Friedman Law Firm are the best legal cousil I have used and I have used at least 3 other firms. I needed 3 DUIs and a felony (evading a peace officer) from 10+ years ago taken care of. He went to court for me while I was at work and got the 3 DUIs expunged and the Felony reduced to a misdeanor, then expunged as well. Everything I needed done was done all in one day and at one reasonable flat fee. I could not be happier with the outcome and highly recommend him for any legal needs. And all of this was handled while I live 65 miles away from him. Thanks again Ryan and your team.
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Posted by Shirley | October 28, 2016
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Sharp, dedicated and hands on attorney
Ryan Friedman is a sharp, dedicated and hands on attorney. He listens to his client, has a supportive staff and has intuitive research skills. Understandably client are apprehensive, filled with fear and want to get that one attorney that will fight for them. This would be Ryan Friedman! The individual I referred to Ryan Friedman faced a loss of his license with 3 incidences since 2014. His chance of a positive outcome was slim to none. Ryan successfully and reasonably restored all driving privileges through his preparation and presentation. Ryan Friedman is professional, efficient and a client's attorney. I will continue referring business to Ryan. Shirley. Arown
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Posted by Juan | May 21, 2016
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Great team
He and he's team were very persistent in my case, they really invest them selfs in their job, getting maximum results. I was facing a year in jail. I was being prosecuted for two counts of theft. Ryan and he's team got them dismissed. I'm deeply grateful for what they did, they cleared my name. Thanks a lot
Posted by Shelby D. | February 12, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Great Lawyer
About 2 years later and I'm finally getting around to this.. But better late than never.. Ryan really helped me out when I was in a sticky situation. I had just gotten back from vacation and had gotten in a "conflict" with the law. Ryan was awesome and of course won my case for me. I didn't even have to go to court. -since I had also just gotten back from vacation and blowing all my money on that, Ryan was really understanding and let me do payments with him which I thought was really great or else I would've been screwed without a lawyer. Great experience overall for my first time dealing with a lawyer.
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Posted by anonymous | June 16, 2015
Best outcome we could have hoped for
I retained Ryan to defend me for a misdemeanor traffic citation. I found that Ryan's experience and expertise with this issue was superb. He is affiliated with a bigger company called SHOUSE Law Group. He was able to negotiate a deal that ultimately reduced the misdemeanor to a traffic infraction/parking ticket and therefore left me with NO criminal history or conviction on the original charge. Ryan himself was pleased and surprised with the minimal fine that was imposed. Ryan ultimately saved my life, job and family due to a one time mistake. THANKS RYAN!
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Posted by anonymous | May 29, 2015
Completely Turned My Situation Around...
Ryan is fantastic! He's worth his weight in gold and totally helped rebuild my life by defending me. Professional, assertive, aggressive, and no-nonsense. He's the genuine article and sincerely believes in defending the accused. He's a good man and a GREAT attorney. When I was arrested and charged I was really freaked out. One phone call to Ryan and everything was better. He had a professional game plan, a very calm demeanor, and was honest about all possible outcomes -favorable or not. By the time we reached arraignment, Ryan had given me enough confidence so I could continue living my life. Throughout the case communication was always prompt and detailed. Ryan employed several confidence inspiring tactics when defending me, which always left me with the impression I had a real fighter in my corner. He began the case very mild mannered and cooperative, but when the DA tried to steam roll me, he ramped up and became very aggressive. By the time the case was dismissed, he had built an avalanche of evidence that pressured the DA into submission. At the conclusion of the case, even the DA said, "your attorney is very good!" He's a force to be reckoned with and the kind of person you want to have in your corner.
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Posted by Joseph | March 21, 2015
He fixed everything and I didn't have to go to court
I met with several different lawyers before hiring Ryan. The reason I hired him was because he spent the most amount of time with me during our first consultation where the other attorneys seemed mostly interested in pressuring me to sign up quickly. Ryan listened to what I had to say and never treated me like my case was unimportant even though it was just a misdemeanor, and I know that at the time he was working on much more serious cases. The best part was that he was able to resolve my case without me ever having to go to court. If you're in a legal pinch he's definitely worth it!!!
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Posted by Ben | December 17, 2014
Back in 8-5-14 I was arrested and charged for two counts, illegal growing marijuana and fire arm enhancement. I felt lost and did not know what to do. so I started to look online and found Mr. Ryan Friedman, I hired Ryan to represent my case. His knowledge of criminal law and effective defense strategies has enabled him to keep my self and many of his clients charged with drug crimes out of jail. Ryan is not just a lawyer, he is also a good friend, he treated me like a friend, especially my self, English is my second language, Ryan was patiently explained and make sure I understand. Thanks for all the helps and efforts, the bottom line is that the outcome of my case was 10x's better than I expected. thanks again
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Posted by anonymous | October 6, 2014
Ryan Friedman review
I hired Ryan for his expertise in the field of law that I needed, a DUI charge. He was excellent. He knew what to do, when to do it, and seemed to know the players in the system, to expedite our defense. My case has since been dismissed, thanks to his efforts. He is personable, professional, and thorough. I would recommend him for any case in which you need representation.
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Posted by J.T. from Sacramento, CA | September 5, 2014
Caring & Thoughtful Attorney
I received a first-time DUI in October 2013 . After I was released from jail, I was absolutely terrified about the legal uncertainty facing me and my criminal court proceedings. I called Ryan for a consultation and within moments he brought stability, calm and decisive action to remedy my legal situation. His past experience in a D.A.'s office proved invaluable in negotiating a reduced penalty and sentence in my case. He turned what could have been a prolonged legal nightmare into a manageable and digestible legal process. Ryan not only secured me a favorable legal outcome but, above all, he treated me not as just another paying client, but as a human being with feelings, concerns and ever-present anxieties. Whenever fear, uncertainty, doubts or concern over my legal fate overwhelmed me, Ryan did not hesitate to provide me with legal reality, comfort and determination to keep moving forward through the legal process. I highly recommend Ryan for the following reasons: (1) he is compassionate and personable; (2) he is highly competent and skilled at what he does; (3) he has hired a highly skilled and prompt staff to facilitate clear and timely communications to his clients, the courts and opposing counsel; (3) he has the track record, pedigree and experience to secure favorable legal outcomes; (4) because he is a calming presence no matter what the circumstances are surrounding his handling of a case; and (5) because he will treat you as a highly respected and important client. Ryan is a fantastic lawyer and you will be benefited greatly from going to him for your legal representation.
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Posted by Jason M | January 2, 2014
Representation With Integrity!
Over the past 15 years I have place myself in the regretful position of retaining the services of several different attorneys; 3 Criminal Defense and 1 Civil Defense. I have also worked with 2 other Civil Defense attorneys through my employers. I can safely say it is rare to find honest, hardworking attorneys with the level of integrity one would expect from someone in this line of work. From our first conversation on our first case together to our last email correspondence closing out our second case together, Ryan has consistently provided me, and more importantly, my cases' with representation, diligence and knowledge of the Law one would expect to see from a high end celebrity attorney. Ryan also listened. He listened to my questions. He listened to my uneducated suggestions and still proceeded to handle my misdemeanor cases as if he were handling a serious felony case, which would undoubtedly have been more profitable to him and his firm. He listened after most would have given me the brush off and proceeded with my case as a slaughterhouse process beef without any human regard. I will not tell you that hiring Ryan will guarantee a positive outcome in your case and my guess is neither would he. But I will tell you that by hiring Ryan you will get an honest, hardworking attorney who will exercise every option he has in getting the best outcome possible for your case. I recommend anyone who has found themselves in need, to call Ryan and ask for his expertise. Sincerely, Jason M. Dublin, CA
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Posted by John | November 29, 2013
I recommend tryin' Ryan!
I hired Ryan to represent me after being injured in an a car accident. Ryan made me feel comfortable throughout the process and was concerned about how I was being treated for my injuries. He always took time to answer my calls and got me a great settlement. I'm usually very stressed out dealing with insurance companies, but Ryan took care of everything. Amazing!
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Posted by anonymous | November 22, 2013
Got charged with assault because my girlfriend's uncle lied to the cops. WAs arrested for two felonies but Ryan got me out on OR and eventually got the whole thing dismissed after he exposed the truth to the judge and DA.
Posted by anonymous | August 18, 2013
Best attorney in town
I was chArged with possession of assault rifle ; Ryan handled my case better then I could have expected. Best attorney in town? Ryan Friedman.
Posted by Adam | March 10, 2013
Hired him to help our family.
Our daughter was charged with committing a crime. My wife and I live out of state (in Utah), and we didn't know what to do since we've never needed a criminal attorney before. Even though my wife and I never met Mr. Friedman in person, he was great with us over the phone and was very patient in explaining the whole process to us. After we hired him, Ryan went to visit our Daughter in jail the same day we called, and gave us updates as the case went on. The charges were reduced and we were happy with the results.
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Posted by anonymous | March 17, 2015
Find someone else
He is a good attorney although he can do a lot more to be better. He could have been more helpful. He worked my case and compared to other cases my outcome should have been better than the one I had to pick because of him.
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AVVO RATING 9.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Senior Deputy District Attorney
  • Glenn County District Attorney's Office
  • 2008 - 2012
  • Deputy District Attorney
  • Calaveras County District Attorney's Office
  • 2007 - 2008
  • Legal Intern
  • Sacramento County District Attorney's Office
  • 2006 - 2006
  • Law Clerk
  • Moldo Davidson Fraioli & Sestanovich
  • 2006 - 2006
  • Legal Intern
  • United States District Court
  • 2005 - 2005
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  • UC Davis SOL King Hall
  • law
  • N/A
  • Carnegie Mellon Univ
  • undergraduate
  • N/A

Legal Cases

  • People v. Winston
  • Found NOT GUILTY of the felony at jury trial.
  • People v. Brown
  • Dismissed at Preliminary Hearing
  • People v. Chipman
  • Dismissed
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  • California Public Defenders Association
  • 2012 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • California District Attorneys Association
  • 2008 - 2012

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Russian
  • Ukrainian
  • Armenian
  • Spanish
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Honors and Awards

  • Public Service Award
  • U.C. Davis, School of Law
  • 2007


Speaking Engagements

  • Spring Symposium
  • How to testify as an effective, medical expert
  • 2014

Attorney endorsements

Received (19)
Given (21)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 19
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Having worked with Ryan Friedman, I can say that he is a tough, aggressive attorney that is willing to put in the extra hours and miles for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 04
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse Ryan P. Friedman as an extremely competent criminal defence attorney who works successfully to obtain the best outcomes possible for his clients. He has successfully received numerous acquittals or dismissals of cases for his criminal clients. He also has a good working relationship with the District Attorney Offices such that he can effectively obtain plea agreements which are good outcomes for his clients considering the circumstances of the charges and facts. He works around the clock for his clients. He is extremely thorough in his representation of his clients. I would readily refer anyone to him for criminal defence representation."
Unknown Attorney | May 28
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer for being a top-notch attorney in the community."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 27
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Friedman is a formidable opponent who cares deeply for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 27
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 | Mar 20
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I opposed Ryan on a number of cases when he was a prosecutor. He was always ethical, fair-minded and prepared. I'm proud to welcome as a colleague now that he's joined the good guys!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 03
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"A very aggressive lawyer that works and fights hard for his clients. He is a lawyer that is willing to go to trial on matters. He really fights for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"As a former District Attorney Ryan Friedman understands the criminal justice system inside and out. He consistently gets great results for his clients. Ryan Friedman has tried over 20 jury trials and isn't afraid to take cases to trial when necessary. I highly recommend him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 27
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Ryan is a knowledgeable and caring attorney, who will work hard for you."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"One of the best Criminal Defense Attorneys in town. This is an attorney who provides aggressive representation for all clients. As a former District Attorney he knows the law, and knows how to make it work you. Highly recommended attorney in Sacramento."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 07
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. He worked in a very busy DA's office and managed a variety of criminal cases from assaults, vehicle code, DUI, drugs, fights and Fish and Game cases. He was always able to think on his feet, and fight for his side. You'd be lucky to have this guy by your side in a court room. He is intelligent, honest and caring."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer.He is very intelligent. He is diligent in pursuit of factual and procedural defenses. He is a former deputy district attorney and understands the inner processes of the various prosecutors' offices. I refer criminal cases to him and consult with him personally on criminal defense issues that may come up in my practice. He knows when to litigate, when to go to trial and when to plead."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 06
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Ryan is a sharp, tough and skilled former District Attorney. He was also reasonable, forthright and was fun to work with due to his sense of humor, keen insight and shared interest in the law."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have worked with Mr. Friedman while he was a Deputy District Attorney and in his capacity as a Defense Attorney. As a defense attorney, Ryan has that extra edge due to his experience as a prosecutor. Ryan is known for his professionalism and a well-honed ability to negotiate."
General practice Attorney | Jan 03
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I unhesitatingly endorse Ryan Friedman. Mr. Friedman and I resolved numerous matters during his tenure as a local Deputy District Attorney. Now a private practitioner, his uncommon litigation experience brings a relatively unique perspective to offer his clients. In fact, very few attorneys have such a multidimensional skill-set as Ryan Friedman, which makes him an excellent choice. Call him to schedule a consultation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have had mutual clients with Attorney Ryan Friedman and they have all praised his work. I know Ryan to be Intelligent, experienced, and passionate about Criminal Law. I have noticed he doesn't do a lot of marketing and instead focuses on quality representation through hard work which results in word of mouth referrals sustaining his business which speaks volumes about the results he produces."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 30
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer.Ive known Ryan years. He used to be in Glenn County and was the best there. he is smart and hard working and has NO love for prosecutors!! Joe Vandervoort, Chico Ca;, FORTY ONE YEARS"
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 27
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I've known Mr. Friedman for several years and worked on opposite sides of the table. He is very efficient, practical and well spoken. Having a lawyer who will take your case to trial is invaluable and Mr. Friedman is that lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 15
Relationship: Friend
"Mr. Friedman is a dedicated advocate who uses his past experiences in the DA's Office to defend his clients."
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Sacramento Immigration Lawyer Ryan Phillip Friedman
Ryan Phillip Friedman
Immigration Attorney
Sacramento, CA
Licensed for 15 years
Free Consultation