John Patrick Ryan

John Patrick Ryan

Visalia, California

I have practiced law for 20 years. I have a great deal of experience in criminal law, international law and tax law. I also handle certain immigration matters.

My practice centers on criminal defense. I handled hundreds of cases for the Public Defender, having taken dozens of cases to trial. I have achieved many not guilty verdicts and can say with confidence that in all of my cases I improved the final result for my client, usually dramatically.

I handled all kinds of criminal cases:

  • Misdemeanors - DUIs, reckless driving, petty theft, trespassing, simple vandalism, simple assault and battery, shoplifting, being under the influence of a controlled substance - you name it, I've handled it.
  • Felonies - gang charges, robbery, assault with a deadly weapon, assault with great bodily injury, weapons charges, felony DUIs, auto theft, sex cases, child pornography, drug charges of all kinds from simple possession to sales.
  • Juvenile - I handled the full range of juvenile delinquency cases, including robberies, assaults, auto theft, sex cases, and so forth.

I have completed specialized courses in Drunk Driving Defense, Juvenile Defense, Trial Techniques, and others.

I also have a great deal of experience in tax, contracts and international export-import deals.

I speak Spanish and Russian.

Areas of Practice

  • Criminal Law

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Advanced Spanish, ESADE Foreign Language Center, Barcelona, Spain , 2007
  • Russian Tax Advisor, Plekhanov Institute, Moscow, Russia, 2003


  • St Thomas University School of Law, Miami, Florida
    • LL.M. - 2005
    • Major: International Taxation
  • Santa Clara University School of Law, Santa Clara, California
    • J.D. - 1994
  • Middlebury College, Middlebury
    • M.A.
    • Major: Russian Language & Literature
  • University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin
    • B.S. - 1983
    • Major: Russian Language & Literature