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.

Talk to him about your case at 404-909-7795 or Ryan@TheLockeFirm.com


I've represented people accused of crimes, injured victims, nonprofits, and small businesses. I've spent hundreds of hours in courts across Georgia.

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


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 strategy from the moment you hire me. I file motions, utilize investigation to locate and interview witnesses, and research the law to stay one step ahead of the government or opposing counsel. Simply put, I work tirelessly and effectively to get you the best result possible in your case.

I like trying cases.

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

I fix mistakes other lawyers have made.

I 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. I identify the most persuasive arguments and relentlessly pursue them in drafting our briefs and arguing before appellate courts.


I don't need to raise my voice to be heard.

I have the credibility with adversaries and judges needed to get things done. 

I have a law degree from the University of Georgia and am an adjunct professor at Emory University School of Law. I was one of ten students from my law school class inducted into the Order of the Barristers. In school, I was a pupil in the Joseph Henry Lumpkin Inn of Court.

I have nothing but superb reviews. I am 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. My professional accomplishments speak for themselves.

I devote 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 I won the largest verdict ever obtained by the organization).

I treat you with respect and dignity.

After meeting with a potential client and agreeing to represent him, he sent me this message:

I just want to say thank you so much for agreeing to take my case and working with me on the payment schedule. You have taken a tremendous weight off my shoulders. I also want to say thank you for the meeting that we had last week and talking to me like I was an actual human being and not trying to sell me a used car which is what I have dealt with when speaking to other lawyers.

I work hard so that every client will feel this way.

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

Stories are inherently persuasive. I identify narratives emergent in the facts presented by the government or opposing counsel and the facts we find from our investigation. Using proven storytelling techniques from rhetoric and oratory, I overcome resistance in judges and jurors and join with them in experiencing the story--and writing the final chapter by deciding in our favor. I started honing my storytelling techniques while earning a degree in rhetoric from the University of Richmond, and I've spent significant time as a lawyer developing systems that meld the law and storytelling.



With my flat fees, you know what to expect.

For most cases, I charge you one flat fee for my legal services. For others, I charge you a series of flat fees depending on what happens, or I charge you an hourly rate. There are never any surprise fees or expenses.

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 or settlement. I don't do that. We charge fair rates for top notch work preparing your case for triaI.