Ryan Brown is a solo practitioner focusing a criminal defense at all levels from indictment through post conviction in state and federal court with a primary practice location in Amarillo, Texas. Ryan also takes select civil cases such as civil forfeitures, civil rights, and catastrophic truck wrecks.
Before moving to Amarillo, Ryan was a staff lawyer with the Innocence Project of Texas. While working with the Innocence Project, Ryan was part of a number of big projects from helping to secure the first posthumous pardon in the history of Texas, to co-authoring a report debunking Fort Bend County Sherriff Deputy Keith Pikett’s extensive history of perjured court testimony, resulting in his early “retirement.” Ryan also headed a statewide review of arson cases which resulted in the passage of the junk science writ law, Texas Code of Criminal Procedure 11.073, the first of its kind in the country.
At the end of 2012, Ryan moved to Amarillo to fight for the citizens of the Texas Panhandle. Ryan has handled hundreds of state and federal criminal cases ranging from Class C misdemeanors to murder cases, to multi-defendant federal drug conspiracies and complex white collar fraud cases. Ryan specializes in representing clients charged in free speech protest and protest cases.
A frequent contributor to local, regional, and state news, Ryan’s opinion is sought often to clarify the latest legal issues affecting people in the Texas Panhandle and around Texas. Ryan has also taught CLEs on jury selection.
To Ryan, practicing law is about more than fighting and winning against the government. Criminal defense in particular is about getting to know the client and always tailoring a defense goal and defense strategy that is unique and fit for each client. At its core, the work of criminal defense is caring about people and telling their story. This approach has led to many dismissals and reductions and hearing “not guilty” in most cases he’s tried to a jury.