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Lawyer. Litigator. Problem-solver. Negotiator. Peacemaker. Arguer. Bargainer. Troublemaker. Those are just a few of the titles thrown at Ryan Carty with some regularity.

Ryan is a family law practitioner, which is the polite way to explain at a fancy dinner party that he is a divorce lawyer without the word divorce ever spilling out across the table. Ryan spends most of his days in court, preparing for court, or explaining to his clients why they should attempt to avoid court at all costs.

Being in court -- litigating -- is what drew Ryan to the practice of family law. Ryan is no stranger to big stages. Ryan made his first front page newspaper headline when he was less than two weeks old. He fractured his skull (it was an accident!) before he could walk. He attended home school, private school, and public school. Ryan left private school halfway through his junior year of high school, despite his parents' best efforts to dissuade him, and transferred to one of
the largest public high schools in Southwest Washington (State, not D.C.). Ryan was elected student body President less than five months after setting foot in the door.

Ryan's first job was as a door-to-door salesman; he was 12. He started his own window washing business before he could drive a car. He spent time as a groundskeeper, bartender, and dog-walker. Ryan performed tooth extractions in Nicaragua. He laid roof in the Appalachians. And he has never lost an alpine skiing race.1

Lawyers are sometimes referred to as sharks, or blood-suckers. Ryan has played one of those on the big screen. A blood-sucker, not a shark. Ryan has died on film; he has killed on film; he has been yelled at by Michael Bay (not on film).2

Ryan was in a punk rock band for a short period of time, but got out before getting some smokin' tattoos. He sang tenor 2 in an all-male choir (also leaving before acquiring any tattoos). He played Nathan Detroit in a college production of Guys & Dolls despite having never gambled in a casino in his life.

Ryan is married to the love of his life. They have three amazingly wonderful boys who sometimes simultaneously drive them crazy and make them crazy proud to be their parents. Ryan's boss once told Ryan that he is a better family law lawyer because he has kids of his own, which means Ryan understands just how important issues like custody and parenting time really are to his clients. And Ryan can appreciate that yelling at your child doesn't mean you're a bad parent.

By the same token, Ryan believes that life experience is what makes good lawyers great lawyers. Ryan's life experiences are the reason he is one of only two private lawyers in the State of Oregon to currently serve in an advisory role to the Chief Justice of the Oregon Supreme Court on matters pertaining to family law. Ryan's life experiences propelled him in to a position in which he finds himself regularly testifying before the Oregon Legislature on behalf of the Oregon State Bar regarding proposed family law legislation.

Ryan's life experiences are why you want him by your side.

1. Ryan has never actually participated in an alpine skiing race.

2. Is there anyone who has worked in the film industry who hasn't been yelled at by Michael Bay?


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Practice areas


  1. Child Custody: 25%
  2. Family: 25%
  3. Divorce: 25%
  4. Child Support: 25%


Payment types:

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Attorney endorsements

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  • Michael S. Waddington

    I endorse Ryan. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community.


    Michael Waddington Military law Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • James Andrew King

    I have known Ryan since 2006, and he has always been articulate and bright. If I am looking for an attorney in Salem to refer a case to, Ryan is always tops on my list.


    James King Divorce and separation Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Saucy & Saucy, PC

475 Cottage St NE Ste 120
Salem, OR, 97301


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Rising StarSuper Lawyers Magazine2014
Top 10 Family Law Attorneys Under 40 - OregonNational Academy of Family Law Attorneys2014
Rising StarSuper Lawyers Magazine2013
Rising StarSuper Lawyers Magazine2012
New Lawyer of the YearMarion-Polk County Legal Aid2010
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Associate AttorneySaucy & Saucy, P.C.2009 - Present
Law ClerkSaucy & Saucy, P.C.2007 - 2009
Vice President of DevelopmentClarity Pictures2004 - 2006
Association namePosition nameDuration
Historic Elsinore TheatrePresident, Board of Directors2014 - Present
State Family Law Advisory CommitteeMember2014 - Present
Historic Elsinore TheatreMember, Board of Directors2012 - Present
Oregon State Bar, Family Law Section, Legislative SubcommitteeChair2012 - Present
South Salem RotaryBoard Member2011 - Present
Oregon State Bar, Family Law SectionLegislative Liaison2010 - Present
Oregon Academy of Family Law PractitionersMember2009 - Present
Oregon State BarMember2009 - Present
Rotary InternationalMember2009 - Present
Oregon State Bar, Senate Bill 799 Task ForceMember2013 - 2014
Oregon State Bar, Family Law Section, Legislative SubcommitteeCo-chair2010 - 2012
Publication nameTitleDate
Oregon State Bar CLE publication2013 Oregon Legislation Highlights - Domestic Relations and Juvenile Law2013
Oregon State Bar CLE publication2011 Oregon Legislation Highlights - Family Law2011
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Willamette University College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2009
Willamette UniversityTheatreBA - Bachelor of Arts2004
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Oregon State Bar, Family Law Section CLEAdvanced Child Support: Rebuttals2014
American Bar Association, Law Student Division Region 10 Negotiation CompetitionJudges Panel - Region 10 Negotiation Competition2014
Public Hearing - HB 2571Law Improvements2013
Oregon State Bar, Family Law Section CLE2013 Oregon Legislation Highlights2013
Polk County Mediators Assoc.Oregon Legislative Updates (Family Law)2012
Multnomah County Family Law GroupSpousal Support Reform2012
Interim Judiciary CommitteesSpousal Support Reform2012
Willamette University College of LawFamily Law Practice Panel2011
Public Hearing - SB 0334Joint Custody2011
Public Hearing - HB 3064Temporary Joint Custody2011
Public Hearing - HB 2816Spousal Support2011
Oregon State Bar, Family Law Section CLE2011 Oregon Legislation Highlights2011
American Bar Association, Law Student Division Region 10 Negotiation CompetitionJudges Panel - Region 10 Negotiation Competition2010