Michael Shay Ryan, Esq.
Michael Ryan was born in Phoenix, Arizona, but having a father in the army they moved around the country. At the age of 21, he moved to New York City to attend the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. Mr. Ryan graduated from Columbia University and Fordham law, in Manhattan. He worked for Morvillo, Abramowitz, Iason & Anello, one of the most premier white collar criminal defense firm in the country. In 1997, Mr. Ryan moved back to Phoenix, Arizona where he worked for the Maricopa County Public Defender's office. He then entered into private practice and was AV Preeminent Rated by Martindale Hubble. Mr. Ryan is a Bronze Life member of the American Contract Bridge League.
- Juris Doctor, Fordham University School of Law
- Bachelor of Arts, Political Science, Columbia University
- Arizona Bar
- New York Bar
- Massachusetts Bar
- United States District Court for the District of Arizona
- United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
- United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York
- United States Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit
- United States Supreme Court
- United States v. Lapin. Client charged with threatening The Speaker of the United States House of Representative Nancy Pelosi by leaving her a voicemail on her Washington, D.C. office line. Tried it two times. Hung it the first time; not guilty on the second trial which was set in March of 2021, not long after the January 6, 2021 attack on the Capitol.
- United States v. Pinto, also a not guilty (in a bench trial) for threatening a congressman by leaving a voicemail.
- United States v. Smith. I defeated the government's and probation's attempt to enhance the sentence greatly for aiming a laser at an aircraft on the completely unfounded grounds that by doing so Mr. Smith recklessly endangered the passengers on the aircraft. The FAA's data should have settled the matter because in the 10 years it has tracked lasings of aircraft there has not been one serious incident. In the face of this data, probation and the government relentlessly pushed back. We called an expert from Jacksonville, an aviator and a lawyer who explained it all. The judge said without this testimony he would have agreed with the government and enhanced the sentence for reckless endangerment.
- Randy Roberts v. The City of Phoenix. This was simply an odyssey. Nine years of litigation. Client sued the City for violating his civil rights because a police officer stopped him for no reason and assaulted him. The officer was on a DUI squad and he liked to target persons leaving gay bars. The twists and turns in this case are too numerous to mention, but among them the officer in question was himself arrested for assault and DUI when he struck a truck parked legally in its driveway sideways on his motorcycle at 40mph in 25mph zone injuring his passenger. He very seriously injured himself and ended his career.
- I filed the first lawsuit in Arizona to legalize same-sex marriage.
- I tried one of the first "bath salts" or "designer drug" cases to go to trial.