James Ryan started his career in criminal law by majoring in Criminal Justice at California State University, Sacramento, and graduated magna cum laude. James went on to join the California Highway Patrol as a Cadet but decided to pursue going to law school. However, his training and background has proved useful while working in criminal defense and the insights gained have guided him during his practice.
James has worked at the Office of the Federal Defender, Eastern District, as a Certified Law Clerk where he managed multiple cases from assignment until completion and represented clients in court from arraignment to sentencing for federal and state misdemeanor crimes. His work included legal research, motion writing and oral argument before the court.
At the San Francisco Public Defender's Office, James worked extensively on major felonies and death penalty felony trials as a Legal Intern to the Research Unit.
James attended law school in San Francisco at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. He was a National Quarterfinalist at the Judge John R. Brown Admiralty Moot Court Competition.
James firmly believes in the dignified, respectful treatment of every person before the law, and he takes a vested personal interest in each case.
When he is not working, James volunteers as a pastoral care minister, and enjoys sailing, shooting sports, and weightlifting.
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