Ryan Locke is intelligent, creative, and tirelessly devoted to his clients. He achieves extraordinary results in serious cases in state and federal courts across Georgia.


I've represented hundreds of clients facing the most serious crimes in Georgia. I've spent hundreds of hours in court, from bond hearings to preliminary hearings to trials.

When you hire me, you know that I have the courage to tackle the toughest cases and the expertise to help you fight the charges.


I graduated from the University of Georgia School of Law and was awarded the highest honor for achievement in courtroom advocacy. Now, I teach trial techniques at Emory as an adjunct professor of law. You can count on me to be on the cutting edge of appellate decisions; to write the best motions and briefs; to prepare the best possible case for you.

Hard Work

I employ a trial-focused criminal defense strategy from the moment you hire me. I file motions to dismiss the charges and suppress illegally-obtained evidence, utilize investigation to locate and interview witnesses, and research the law to stay one step ahead of the government. Simply put, I work tirelessly and effectively to get you the best result possible in your case.

We like trying cases.

We not afraid to take a case to trial because we've been planning it from the beginning. We're effective at telling your story because we think smart and work hard. And as a small firm, our focus is on your needs. Our clients never worry if we're ready for trial; they know we expect it.

We fix mistakes other lawyers have made.

We craft successful appeals by an exhaustive review of the record and a keen eye for good issues. A winning appeal requires a thorough review of the record, strong command of the law, and an eloquent brief. We identify the most persuasive arguments and relentlessly pursue them in drafting our briefs and arguing before appellate courts.


We don't need to raise our voices to be heard.

Ryan Locke has the credibility with adversaries and judges needed to get things done. 

He has a law degree from the University of Georgia and is an adjunct professor at Emory University School of Law. Ryan was one of ten students from his class inducted into the Order of the Barristers. In school, he was a pupil in the Joseph Henry Lumpkin Inn of Court.

Ryan has nothing but superb reviews. He is rated 10/10 by Avvo, rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell, and was invited to The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 and Top 40 under 40. His professional accomplishments speak for themselves.

Ryan devotes substantial time to pro bono work, including representing prisoners under federal sentence seek reductions in their sentences with Clemency Project 2014, fighting charges filed against peaceful protesters in the Occupy Atlanta and other social justice movements, and litigating on behalf of indigent plaintiffs with the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation (where he won the largest verdict ever obtained by the organization).

Storytelling is the most powerful way to put ideas in the minds of judges and jurors.

Stories are inherently persuasive. We identify narratives emergent in the facts presented by the government and the facts we find from our investigation. Using proven storytelling techniques from rhetoric and oratory, we overcome resistance in judges and jurors and join with them in experiencing the story--and writing the final chapter by deciding in our favor.



With our flat fees, you know what to expect.

We charge you one flat fee for our legal services. Even if the case goes to trial, our fee never increases. 

When it must be done right.

Some lawyers charge inflated rates to take on cases. Even worse, some lawyers charge low prices because they plan on pressuring you into a plea. We don't do that. We charge fair rates for top notch work preparing your case for trial.

If you want a lawyer who won't take your calls and pressure you into a plea, then you should hire someone else.

If you want one of the best lawyers in Atlanta to prepare your case for trial, then you should schedule an appointment to meet us.