Ryan M. Pacyga

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in Minneapolis, MN

Ryan Pacyga Criminal Defense
 | 333 South 7th Street, Suite 2850
Minneapolis, MN 55402
Phone: 612-339-5844
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2017
Selected to Rising Stars: 2008 - 2013
Licensed Since: 2002
Practice Areas:
  • Criminal Defense
Attorney Profile

Ryan Pacyga is the founder of Ryan Pacyga Criminal Defense, located in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Focusing his practice exclusively on criminal defense in state and federal court, he defends clients throughout the nation who are accused of serious felony offenses, including murder, fraud, assault, controlled substances, criminal sexual conduct, conspiracies and weapons charges.

Mr. Pacyga has obtained several high profile not-guilty verdicts and dismissals in cases including murder, aggravated robbery, domestic strangulation, assault, criminal sexual conduct, controlled substance sale/possession, federal mail and wire fraud, federal controlled substances, DWI and other crimes. Highly regarded by his peers, he has received an "Excellent" rating from Avvo, has been named to the Top 40 Lawyers under 40 by the National Trial Lawyers, the Top 100 Trial Lawyers by the National Trial Lawyers, and has been named by Minnesota Law & Politics magazine to its list of "Who's Who in Criminal Defense".

Ryan Pacyga is on the Board of Directors of the Minnesota Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and is a lifetime member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. Ryan believes in not only getting a good result in the courtroom, but on improving his clients' lives outside of the courtroom.

Regularly asked to share his background and experience with others, Mr. Pacyga has appeared as a guest commentator on both national and local news broadcasts, and frequently teaches lawyers and judges at continuing legal education programs, including the law of self defense and trial skills. Active in his community, he volunteers as a coach for youth hockey, baseball and football, and also volunteers mentoring law students and young trial lawyers.

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Criminal Defense (100%): Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, Felony, Murder, Sex Offenses, Tax Evasion, Criminal Domestic Violence

Focus Areas

Criminal Defense: Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, Felony, Murder, Sex Offenses, Tax Evasion, Criminal Domestic Violence

Selections

Selected to Super Lawyers for 4 yearsmiddle-imageSelected to Rising Stars for 6 years

Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2017 Rising Stars: 2008 - 2013

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About Ryan Pacyga

Admitted 2002, Minnesota

Professional Webpage: http://www.arrestedmn.com/our-team/

Honors and Awards:

  • Top 40 Trial Lawyers Under 40 by the National Trial Lawyers, Top 40 Under 40, The National Trial Lawyers, 2013
  • Named to Top 100 Trial Lawyers by the National Trial Lawyers 2014, 2015, Top 100 Trial Lawyers, The National Trial Lawyers
  • Minnesota Law & Politics, "Who's Who in Criminal Defense"

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Board of Directors: Minnesota Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Vice-Chair, Professionalism Committee, Hennepin County Bar Association's
  • Member, Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Treasurer, American Inns of Court, Richard T. Oakes Chapter
  • Member, Minnesota Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Lifetime Member, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Volunteer mentor to college and law students 2002-present
  • Volunteer youth hockey, football, baseball, and soccer coach
  • Axelberg v. Commissioner of Public Safety (Minn. 2014).  Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  • The law of entrapment in a criminal case is complex. How to discover if your client was entrapped, and if so, how to present that in court to obtain a successful result., Presenter/Author, Entrapment: How to use the defense at trial, 2015
  • How to obtain additional evidence in criminal cases that can uncover helpful facts for a criminal defendant., author/presenter, Paradee Requests, 2015
  • Training lawyers how to raise and use the defenses of self defense and defense of another in murder and assault trials, author/presenter, The Law of Self Defense and Defense of Another, 2014

Verdicts and Settlements:

  • State v. J.H.: Not Guilty felony domestic assault; State v. E.Z.: Not Guilty 1st Degree Assault; State v. M.W.: Felony drug distribution dismissed; State v. A.W.: Solicitation of Prostitution dismissed; State v. J.D. 1st degree controlled substance sale dismissed; State v. T.L.: solicitation of prostitution dismissed; State v. J.M.: violation of Order for Protection dismissed; State v. Yang.: 3rd degree controlled substance dismissed; State v. Milton.: obstructing legal process dismissed; State v. B.B.: Not Guilty 1st Deg. Assault; State v. S.S.: Not Guilty 2nd Degree Assault; State v. C.C.: Not Guilty Felony Violation of Order for Protection; State v. Hartwig: Not Guilty of aiding a murder and felon in possession of a handgun.  State v. Benedict: Not Guilty of burglary.  State v. Wilmes: 9 counts of attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon: jury verdict "not guilty" on every count; State v. T.B.: 14-count attempted murder: dismissed; State v. Kpedua: domestic strangulation jury trial: not guilty; State v. Zweber: drug possession: evidence suppressed, case dismissed; State v. A.L.: DWI jury trial: not guilty, State v. Khan: Not Guilty, domestic stragulation.  State v. Jacques: Not Guilty, DWI.  State v. Johnson: Case dismissed after 18 pounds of cocaine suppressed due to unconstitutional search; State v. Shoen: Not guilty, felony assault.  State v. Bielke: Not Guilty, 1st Degree Assault. State v. Craig: Not Guilty, felony violation of OFP; State v. Yang: 3d Controlled Substance Suppressed, case dismissed; State v. Williams: Not Guilty strangulation, terroristic threats, domestic assualt; State v Hamilton: Not Guilty Felony Domestic Assault; State v. Cook: Not Guilty felony DWI; State v. Gibbs: Malicious Punishment of Child Dismissed.

Educational Background:

  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, Minneapolis, MN, B.A., in Speech Communications, Honors: Dean's List, 1999

Industry Groups

  • Assaults
  • Drug Crimes
  • DWI & DUI Defense
  • Felonies
  • Gross Misdemeanors
  • Sex Crimes
  • Office Location for Ryan M. Pacyga

    333 South 7th Street
    Suite 2850
    Minneapolis, MN 55402

    Phone: 612-339-5844

     

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    Last Updated: 4/11/2017

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