R. Ryan Wilber has always dreamed of being a criminal defense attorney. While attending the Santa Rosa Junior College, Ryan concentrated on communications, criminal justice, and sociology. Notably, Ryan experienced a lecture from Greg Jacobs, the prosecutor in the Richard Allen Davis murder trial. It was during this lecture that Ryan thought about what the defense attorney was tasked with.
Later, while attending San Francisco State University, Ryan concentrated his studies on anything and everything involving civil rights and criminal justice. Ryan externed for the Honorable Adrienne Jacobs Miller in San Francisco Juvenile Court. Ryan also focused a considerable amount of time on his internship at the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights where he took complaints of police abuses of the citizens of the San Francisco Bay Area. Ultimately, Ryan earned degrees in Criminal Justice and Political Science in 2005.
While applying to law school, Ryan worked as an underwriter for complex SBA, agricultural, and commercial real estate transactions. While in this profession, Ryan specialized in the financial intricacies of small business and large entities seeking financing from a range of institutions, as well as the technical nature of real estate transactions.
Ryan attended Empire College School of Law while also working full-time in the commercial lending industry and while employed as a law clerk for several well-known criminal defense and civil litigators. Ryan also spent a considerable amount of time as a law clerk for the Mendocino County Public Defender's Office. During Ryan's time at Empire, he was able to gain immense practical training in the areas of Real Estate litigation and mortgage fraud, as well as Family law. Additionally, Ryan found himself immersed in the defense of litigants facing charges in matters such as: Juvenile, Domestic Violence, Misdemeanor, Traffic, sex crimes, and serious and drug related Felonies. Ryan graduated Empire in 2010.
While a licensed attorney, Ryan has handled every type of case, from the smallest misdemeanor to the highest felony, with finesse. Ryan has received numerous awards, including being named a Rising Star by SuperLawyers.com for his notable victories amongst his fellow criminal defense lawyers. Ryan has become a go-to source for many of his peers with regard to case tactics and strategy. Ryan believes that cases, no matter the size or severity, need a team approach, especially when facing the weight of limitless government resources utilized in prosecuting people.
Ryan is an avid trail and distance runner, and open ocean sailor. Ryan resides in Sonoma County with his wife and law partner Rachel, his daughter, and their two Great Danes.