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John Ryan | Visalia Criminal Lawyer

John Ryan Lawyer

John Patrick Ryan

Central Valley Solo Practice

Criminal, DUI-DWI, Misdemeanor, Felony, Welfare fraud; expungements

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My practice is centered on defending clients against criminal charges, protecting their interests in divorce and other family law cases, and representing them in all other types of civil disputes. In all of these areas, I am committed to giving my clients the personal attention they deserve. I have extensive experience as a public defender and as a corporate lawyer practicing in Russia. Now, as an independent lawyer, I have the privilege of being able to provide personalized legal services to people in trouble. I speak English, Russian and Spanish. Member Questionnaire

Please describe a case(s) in the last year or two where you made a big difference.
I had a client who was charged with two DUIs, each in a separate county. I took both to trial, and got not guilty verdicts on both cases. Another was a child welfare case. The county wanted to terminate my client’s parental rights. I took the case to trial and my client was granted therapeutic reunification. In another case, I got a judgement for my client that the house she had rented for 20 years belonged to her. The list could go on.

How did you build a successful practice?
I would say that responsiveness to clients is paramount. My staff and I make it a point to stay in close contact with our clients. I would say that attention to detail is another important factor. Every case is different. To be successful, you can’t take a “cookie cutter” approach to cases.

What should clients look for in a lawyer?
The first is integrity. For me, the client’s interests come first. If I believe a client is better off going in a direction that doesn’t involve my services, then I without fail advise the client to go that way. Recourse to the law and lawyers should almost always be a last resort. It’s always best for people to work out their differences themselves. But, when a lawyer’s services are needed, then the client needs a zealous advocate who will take the time to understand his or her needs and really go for getting the best result possible in court, and always in keeping with the letter and spirit of the ethical rules.

How important is local knowledge to the success of your cases?
I would say that it definitely helps to know the judges and the prosecutors - how they look at things and what sort of things they find important. Many times in criminal cases you prepare hard for the defense while keeping your eye on the ultimate sentence. There are things that a client can do while defending the case to get a better deal. I understand that process very well. In family law, knowing the other lawyers is a big help. I’ve managed to save clients lots of time and money by simply having a relationship of professional trust with opposing counsel.

What information can you provide in a free phone consultation?
I provide a free 15 minute phone consultation. I provide all the information about the law pertaining to the case that I have during that conversation.

What information do you need in a free phone consultation?
I need to know generally what the case is about and where we’re at in the court process, if one has started.

What differentiates you from other lawyers in your community?
There are many fine attorneys in the area. I think that what distinguishes me from the others is that I take a very pro-active approach in finding the right solution for my client. Again, no cookie-cutters allowed. My job is to solve my client’s legal problems. So, whatever that takes I do. I think that others tend to fall into habits and treat all cases alike. But a DUI isn’t just another DUI, for example. It’s a unique case and everything needs to be looked at and considered in order to find the best solution.

What is the most rewarding aspect of your job?
I would say that the most rewarding thing for me is the quiet satisfaction of knowing I did my best, and that my client is better off for hiring me.

What are your other interests in addition to law?
I have a family, with grown kids. I have a dog who loves his walks everyday. I read extensively about all sorts of things. I’m something of an amateur historian. I love to take long walks on the beach, in the mountains, and so forth.

Are you involved in your community?
Yes. I am active in the State Bar’s outreach to members with addiction issues. I also am active in a local outreach for drug addicts and alcoholics.

Position Organization Location Duration
Attorney Law Offices of John Patrick Ryan N/A 2010-Present
Deputy Public Defender Tulare County Public Defender N/A 2008-2010
Of Counsel Magisters N/A 2007-2008
General Counsel Nestle Russia N/A 2001-2005
Of Counsel Russin & Vecchi N/A 1996-2005
School Degree Major Graduation
Santa Clara University J.D. Law School 1994
Middlebury College M.A. Russian 1987
University of Wisconsin B.S. Russian 1983
State / Court Date
California 1994
  • Member, Fresno County Bar Association (2010-Present)

    Member, Tulare County Bar Association (2010-Present)

    Member, State Bar of California (1994-Present)
  • Fulbright-Hays, United States (1985)
  • Judge Bars Tulare County From Pulling Pot, 420 Magazine (2014)
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(1994) Licensed as Attorney in California. Verified with California Bar Association. March 03, 2014

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Serving Tulare, Kings, and Fresno counties

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Service Type:Private

Language:Spanish, Russian


220 S Mooney Blvd
Suite A
Visalia, CA 93291

Other Locations:
  • Law Offices of John Patrick Ryan
    5588 North Palm Avenue
    Fresno, CA 93704


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