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Ryan Akio English

Criminal defense Attorney at Olympia, WA

4.9   58 reviews
  • Licensed for 7 years
    State WA
    Acquired 2016
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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About Ryan

Learn Ryan’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    50%
    I have defended countless charges, ranging from misdemeanor to felony. I have a stellar trial record.

    9 years

  2. Appeals
    25%
    Convictions change lives. There's nothing more rewarding than helping overturn erroneous convictions.

    9 years

  3. Personal injury
    15%
    I have the resources to get you the highest settlement you are entitled to.

  4. DUI and DWI
    10%
    I am experienced defending DUIs in multiple counties throughout the Puget Sound.

    9 years

Ryan English has focused his law career on criminal defense since the time he began law school. As an intern at the King County Department of Public Defense, he regularly appeared in court on behalf of his clients, which was when he began delivering favorable results. He continued working as a public defender until he began his career in the private practice. 

Ryan took his first case to trial in his third year of law school (as a licensed Rule 9 intern), which was resolved at the end of all proceedings with no convictions for his client. One year later as a newly licensed attorney, his first jury trial resolved with a 30-minute not guilty verdict. He has continued to aggressively and effectively fight for his clients’ rights, ranging from the trial to appellate level. He has overturned convictions on appeal, won many jury trials and criminal motions at the trial level, and helped individuals in administrative proceedings regarding a variety of issues. 

Ryan's career really began to take off once he began his own practice. His philosophy is take a relatively small and manageable caseload, and give every single client the individualized attention they deserve and pay for. Currently, Ryan focuses his practice areas in criminal appeals, criminal defense, and personal injury. 

Location

Ryan English
203 4th Ave E Suite 306
Olympia, WA, 98501

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4.9 / 5.0
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Posted by Kelly | May 3, 2024
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| Hired Attorney
Great job Ryan
Review for Lawyer Ryan English: I had the pleasure of working with Lawyer Ryan English on multiple cases, and I must say that his professionalism and dedication truly stood out. Ryan's work was not only reasonably priced but also went above and beyond my expectations. His approach instilled confidence in me from the get-go, and his directness made every interaction straightforward and effective. Ryan was easy to talk to, making complex legal matters feel more manageable. I highly recommend Ryan English for his exceptional services. My overall experience with him was outstanding, and I have no doubt that his expertise and demeanor will benefit anyone seeking legal representation. Thank you, Ryan, for your excellent work.
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Posted by Jack | February 24, 2023
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Speeding Ticket
Ryan English was hired to handle a ticket I received in the Olympia area, and did an excellent job getting the ticket dismissed. The whole process was seamless to the end very professional. I highly recommend Ryan.
Posted by anonymous | February 1, 2023
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Excellent Attorney
This was my first time getting in trouble with the law and Ryan did an amazing job at explaining what was going to happen, and what the best outcome could be. He got my DUI moved down to a Negligent Driving and got me the cheapest fine possible. You can tell he is passionate about what he does, I would recommend him to everyone!
Posted by Eugene | December 24, 2022
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CDL
I had a speeding ticket, it's not good for my CDL. Ryan and his team did a good job to keep the s clean record . I recommend it.
Posted by Vincent | December 17, 2022
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A Great Ally
I was arrested for a DUI and needed representation. Through searching the internet, I found Ryan's number, gave him a call, and hired him. His professionalism and confidence in my case helped me to understand that he was the right person for the job. He was confident that we could "be in a better spot walking out than I did walking in" and he was 100% right on that. He does not sugarcoat anything and will be upfront with you the entire time. My charges were reduced to a Reckless and I am thankful for the outcome. When I had it stuck in my mind I'd be doing jail time and jeopardizing my newfound career, I ended up having the best possible outcome with the circumstances I had. Put your trust in Ryan, and you will be glad that you did.
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Posted by anonymous | December 7, 2022
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Excellent Lawayer
Mr. English was extremely attentive and communicative throughout our families difficult time. He was able to obtain an excellent deal for our juvenile client family member in a very reasonable time frame. We are all very happy with his wonderful services.
Posted by Robert F. | December 7, 2022
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Kids case
Ryan is an amazing attorney. Not only did he get us the best deal, but he wasn’t pushy about what he thought was best. He always made sure to go with what we wanted but still give his best opinion. He always had the best interest at heart starting from day 1. All of his work and communication through the process showed his dedication to us and to getting us the best possible outcome with all of the facts present. Even though the prosecutor was painstakingly taking their time with information Ryan always let it be known what we were waiting on. I reached out to at least 4 others before finding Ryan and I am forever grateful I did. I can’t thank him enough for what he’s done for my family. Here is your sign to stop looking and choose this man to defend you!
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Posted by Bryton | November 16, 2022
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Top notch attorney
I had no help from the court appointed attorney with my case and was looking at jail time for a crime I was accused of and Ryan English from sound law was able to get my case dismissed. Thanks to his work I can rest easy and keep my american freedom.
Posted by anonymous | November 9, 2022
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Fights for his clients
Absolute professional who fights to give his clients the best possible outcome.
Posted by anonymous | November 9, 2022
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Excellent
Very intelligent lawyer who brought peace and assurance to my case. I highly highly recommend him. He represented me wonderfully in court. For being in the situation I was in, he definitely took all the weight from my shoulders. Give him a call, you won’t regret it!!
Posted by anonymous | October 18, 2022
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You'd Be Lucky to Have Ryan on Your Side
Ryan was with me from the start. He was able to empathize with my situation and immediately formulated a plan for defense. He always kept it real with me and didn't sugarcoat anything, which I respected. He is going to work for you and his rate is incredibly reasonable; he is clearly not out there trying to rob people of their money. Ryan was there to bat for me every step of the way. He's a straight shooter. He's the guy that you want on your side.
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Posted by Reginald Johnson II | September 30, 2022
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Mr. English's real name is The Magician!!!
I was facing a felony and 2 misdemeanors. I contacted Sound Law. Ryan gave me a consultation, I liked that he told me to take care of myself as he could tell I was going off the deep end stressing myself out about the situation that I got put in. Because his power of observation was so strong, I hired him on the spot! He went right to work on my case, had his P.I. doing the most for me to get information that was critical to the case. Once he had all of the information. We went to trial. During trial, Mr. English was very good at making sure that I had a say in EVERYTHING. When questioning the victim and witness, Mr. English was making what seemed to be impossible, possible. He had them contradicting themselves, left and right then pointing out that I was only defending myself, and most importantly, my son. Because of his abilities of observation, from body language to how they wouldn't meet his gaze, he was able to catch them in lies, inconsistencies and discrepancies of their account of the event, got him the win. I was acquitted of all charges. Mr. English gave me my life back and even set me up to go get back what's rightfully mine! As far as I'm concerned, He is a magician!
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Posted by Eric h | September 9, 2022
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Absolutely fantastic
This man and his team gave me my life back.words don't even begin to describe how great full I am to this man. I have never in my entire life been so well taken care of. I had reached out to him over the phone and immediately I was put at ease. Being a young man with a bright future ahead and a possible life wreaking incident, his awesome man was able to guide me through the entire justice system process and come to the absolute best outcome I could have imagined. He is very responsive, responsible, coordinated, and not to mention, beyond of a measure of a doubt SMART. I cannot thank Ryan enough for what he has done for me and my future. I highly recommend him to anyone facing the justice system. I have already recommended him to everyone I know, both in my personal life as well as professional. I have never had to contact an attorney,but if you find yourself if need, this mas has my upmost vote of confidence! Thank you Ryan and his team
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Posted by Julia | July 20, 2022
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Ryan helped a family member who was falsely accused
Ryan was able to get the entire case dismissed. He was thorough, knowledgeable and friendly. I would not hesitate to hire him again. Thank you Ryan
Posted by Ryan | July 18, 2022
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An Amazing Attorney
Ryan was truly amazing! We contacted him to represent us in an anti-harassment petition that was brought up against us. The petitioners were basing their information on complete misunderstandings and lies that were told to them by others - and their assumptions of what was actually happening. I contacted many other lawyers and Ryan was the only one to not only listen to our full side of the story, but also meet with me face-to-face and begin planning out action steps to help our defense. He took the time to understand the background of the case, get to know us as people and what we wanted, and know who was bringing these false charges and accusations against us. When it came time for the hearing, Ryan was 100% prepared and ready to go. Through his negotiation skills, preparedness, and mediating between the two parties, we were able to come to an agreement and the petitioners dropped their charges -- much to our excitement and delight. Through the entire process, Ryan was easy to get in touch with (phone, text, or email), completely professional, honest, and direct. We talked about it as we left the courthouse that we probably wouldn't be needing his services again (who among us anticipates needing a defense attorney), but I told him that if we were ever in need again ... he would be the first person we call! We highly recommend Ryan English without any reservations and am confident you won't be disappointed either.
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Posted by Bret | November 18, 2021
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Strong Attorney
I am also an attorney in the Thurston County community. Ryan English is a solid attorney that I've used in the past many times when I could not be present. He is extremely knowledgable, reliable, and my go-to when I need help with my business. I strongly recommend Mr. English for your legal needs.
Posted by Luna | November 10, 2021
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Great lawyer, carrying person !
Respectable attorney ! Ryan is a patient, understanding, and willing to do what ever it takes for the best interest of his clients kind of attorney. He’s detail oriented - upfront guy. Glad to have worked with him
Posted by Allen | November 10, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Hire this gentleman!!!
While this review is way overdue it has not diminished over time for the fantastic knowledge and service that was delivered by a trusted lawyer. Mr English in my case went Far and Above on every aspect of my defense. I can not imagine others representing me. If seeking a true professional who cares and works hard in your interest this is the lawyer you want... Period
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Posted by anonymous | November 3, 2021
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Incredible
I interviewed 10 lawyers before deciding to hire Ryan. I could tell after speaking with him that he was honest, hard working and would do everything he could to represent me well. However, his performance somehow exceeded my already high expectations. Ryan was available to answer any questions throughout the process and always provided honest, insightful direction on how he was proceeding. It was clear that he cared and was taking my case seriously. Most importantly, though Ryan never promised anything of the sort, he was able to achieve a complete dismissal of my charges through his skill and ability as a lawyer. I would highly recommend him.
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Posted by Aubrey | September 15, 2021
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Thank's Ryan
I would like to say that Mr. English is a great attorney; organized, well composed and empathetic to his clients. I have recently survived many struggles in life that also involved the judicial system. Ryan has supported me every step of the way, giving me the confidence I needed to keep going. If it weren't for him, I could be in a much darker place... Thank you Ryan!!!
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Resume

AVVO RATING 9.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Managing Partner
  • Sound Law, PLLC
  • 2019 - Present
  • Associate Attorney
  • Callahan Law
  • 2017 - 2019
  • Associate
  • Longview Defenders
  • 2016 - 2017
  • Public Defender
  • Department of Public Defense| King County Associated Counsel for the Accused Division
  • 2015 - 2016
  • Law Clerk
  • Anchorage Superior Court | Honorable Judge Gregory Miller
  • 2014 - 2014
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Education

  • Seattle University
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2016
  • California State University, Los Angeles
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • 2012

Sample of Legal Cases

  • State v. Savelle
  • Misdemeanor resolution, credit for time served, no probation

Associations

  • Washington Defender Association
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • Pierce County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • Cowlitz County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • King County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2016 - 2017
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Honors and Awards

  • Top 10 Under 40 Award
  • National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • 2021
  • Client's Choice Award
  • Avvo
  • 2021
  • Top 40 under 40
  • The National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2018

Speaking Engagements

  • CLE
  • Criminal Trial, everything you need to know
  • 2020
  • Civil Trial: Everything You Need to Know
  • Ethical Considerations for a Civil Jury Trial
  • 2019

Attorney endorsements

Received (5)
Given (8)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have worked alongside Ryan in court and have had the opportunity to watch him defend his clients in a respectful and zealous manner. Ryan is knowledgeable about the field of criminal law and is someone I would highly recommend to those who have been charged with a crime."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ryan cares and fights for his clients. He truly wants the best outcome for each of them. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have had the pleasure of watching Mr. English in action. He is extremely well versed in the law and does an exceptional job of crafting arguments and representing his clients. I highly recommend Mr. English."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 17
Relationship: Co-worker
"One of my go-to’s when I need clarification on a matter."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"If you are facing any criminal law issue, at any level, Ryan English is the attorney that you need. I've had the distinct pleasure of knowing Ryan for about 5 years now, and I can say with the utmost confidence that Ryan is an incredible attorney with amazing skills that are matched by the level of care and attention that he gives every client, in every case. I wholeheartedly endorse Ryan English as an incredible attorney."
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Olympia Criminal defense Lawyer Ryan Akio English
Ryan Akio English
Criminal defense Attorney
Olympia, WA
Licensed for 7 years