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Ryan Scott

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in Portland, OR

Law Office of Ryan Scott
1549 SE Ladd Avenue
Portland, OR 97214
Phone: 971-808-4354
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2011 - 2012, 2018 - 2022
Licensed in Oregon Since: 1995
Practice Areas: Criminal Defense, Appellate
Attorney Profile

Ryan Scott focuses his practice exclusively on criminal defense, participating in cases at both the trial and appellate levels. He assists clients throughout the greater Portland, Oregon, metropolitan area who have been charged by the state with major felonies. He is known among other criminal defense lawyers for both his deep understanding of complex legal issues and his willingness to help other attorneys.  

Ryan is frequently invited to speak on issues related to criminal defense, from demurrers and motions to suppress to creative defense strategies to jury instructions.  He was the co-editor of the OCDLA Search and Seizure Manual for a number of years and has also been the author of chapters in criminal defense treatises on pretrial motions and drug trafficking. Highly regarded by his colleagues for his excellent track record and high degree of ethics, he has received a 10.0 "Superb" peer review rating through Avvo.

Majoring in English as an undergraduate, Ryan attended the University of Missouri in Columbia, and he received a Bachelor of Arts in 1990. After working for more than two years at the American Anthropological Association, he decided to pursue a legal career and enrolled at Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, and he was awarded his Juris Doctor in 1995. Mr. Scott spent several years as a public defender before entering private practice. He is admitted to practice before all Oregon state courts.

Practice Areas
  • 70%Criminal Defense
  • 30%Appellate
Focus Areas

Arrest & Arraignment, Assault & Battery, Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, Felony, Murder, Sex Offenses, Theft, Criminal Domestic Violence, Appeals


7 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2011 - 2012, 2018 - 2022

About Ryan Scott

First Admitted: 1995, Oregon

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Bar/Professional Activity

  • Education Committee for the Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Chair, 2006-2010


  • Annual award given by the premier defense lawyer association in Oregon.  , Ross M. Shephard Award for Lifetime Service , Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, 2020
  • Perfect 10.0 AVVO attorney rating 
  • OCDLA President's Award, 2011
  • Super Lawyer, 2011, 2012 and 2018


  • Successful appeal and reversal of all counts in State v. Worley, 304 Or App 860 (2020), 2020
  • Won an appeal in post-conviction relief in McMullin v. Amsberry.  Original trial counsel deemed constitutionally ineffective.  25 year sentence reversed and ultimately Mr. McMullin will receive a new trial., 2021
  • Successful Appeal and Reversal of All Counts in State v. James, 302 Or App 717 (2020).  25 year sentence reversed.    , 2020
  • Reversal of sole Measure 11 conviction in State v. Newell, 366 Or 491 (2020), 2020
  • Chacon v. Meyers, 19CV22922.  Reversal of all rape and sex abuse counts via post-conviction.  , 2020
  • Edwards v. Washburn, CV150109.  Reversal via post-conviction relief of convictions for 6 counts of robbery in the first degree and 1 count of assault in the second degree.  , 2020
  • Won restraining order appeal in Wintch v. Duron (A170367), 2020
  • Martin v. Cain, (18CV25474).  Reversal of 19 year sentence via post-conviction.  , 2020

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Office Location for Ryan Scott

1549 SE Ladd Avenue
Portland, OR 97214

Phone: 971-808-4354

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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