Ryan C. Locke

I'm a trial lawyer representing real people who need real help: people who have been injured, people accused of crimes, and people fighting systemic injustice. I've spent hundreds of hours in the courtroom and thousands of hours outside representing my clients to the best outcomes possible. The results speak for themselves.

I'm widely recognized for my good work. I am an Adjunct Professor at Emory University School of Law in their trial techniques program. I am AV Preeminent rated by Martindale-Hubbell and rated 10/10 by Avvo--the highest ratings for both organizations--and was selected as a Rising Star by Georgia SuperLawyers in 2017. At the University of Georgia School of Law, I was honored for my skill in trial advocacy by being invited to the Joseph Henry Lumpkin Inn of Court as a pupil. I was one of ten students inducted into The Order of Barristers at graduation.

I've been representing vulnerable people against powerful interests for a long time. Right after law school, I lived in Mexico and represented refugees and asylum-seekers with the South Texas Pro Bono Asylum Representation Project. Later in Atlanta, I represented the indigent against the massive power of the State as a public defender in the Atlanta Judicial Circuit. Today at Locke Law Firm, LLC, I devote a substantial amount of time to pro bono efforts. I've performed free work for wrongfully evicted tenants, the International Community School, Occupy and Black Lives Matter protestors, and federal prisoners seeking clemency for unfairly tough drug sentences. I hold the record for the largest verdict obtained by the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers' Foundation. I am also pro bono general counsel for a nonprofit engaging in international humanitarian work.

I live in Midtown with my wife, two small children, and one medium-sized dog.

Follow me on social media: @ryanlocke on Twitter, @lockeitdown on Instagram, @lockelawfirm on Facebook, or @lockeitdownATL on Snapchat.

If you need a lawyer, call me: 404-909-7795.

Education

J.D., University of Georgia School of Law (2010)

The Order of Barristers; Pupil, Joseph Henry Lumpkin Inn of Court; Editor, Journal of Intellectual Property Law

B.A., University of Richmond (2007)

The Lexicon Award, a departmental honor

Admissions

  • All state trial courts
  • Georgia Court of Appeals
  • Georgia Supreme Court
  • Northern District of Georgia
  • Middle District of Georgia
  • 11th Circuit Court of Appeals

Notable Accomplishments

PROFESSIONAL

I am an adjunct professor at Emory University School of Law for the Kessler-Eidson Program for Trial Techniques, seven days of intensive workshops on trial techniques for all second-year students.

I was selected for The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 and Top 40 under 40. Membership is by invitation only. I am also AV Preeminent rated by Martindale-Hubbell and rated 10/10 by Avvo--the highest ratings for both organizations.

After law school, I worked for the Public Defender for the Atlanta Judicial Circuit, the largest (and best!) office in Georgia. The Georgia Public Defender Council continues to appoint me to represent children in juvenile court and convicted indigent defendants on appeal.

I was selected by the Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers to attend the 13th Bill Daniel Trial Advocacy Program in Athens, Georgia.

I am widely involved in the legal community, holding membership in the Atlanta Bar Association, the Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and the Georgia Trial Lawyer's Association.

COMMUNITY

I perform a significant amount of pro bono work. I have performed free work for people harassed by junk debt collectors, tenants wrongfully evicted from their homes, the International Community School, Occupy protesters arrested during peaceful protests, and federal prisoners seeking clemency from unreasonable drug sentences with Clemency Project 2014. I work closely with the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation and the Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta in providing pro bono services to worthwhile individual and corporate clients. I am also the general counsel, pro bono, for a nonprofit engaging in international humanitarian work.

I hold the record for the largest verdict obtained for the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation.

I coached Southwest DeKalb High School's mock trial team for several years.

I am a board member at Oakhurst Presbyterian Church and for Boy Scout Troop 107, the oldest troop in the southeast.

I am an Eagle Scout from Troop 993 in Severna Park, Maryland. I was even a camp counselor in the summer and can start a fire with a battery and steel wool (but my morse code and flag semaphore are pretty rusty).

LAW SCHOOL

I graduated from the University of Georgia School of Law, where I competed with our mock trial team and coached a team my third year. I was a pupil in the Joseph Henry Lumpkin Inn of Court.

I also was an editor for the Journal of Intellectual Property Law and published my student note about the constitutionality of laches barring a copyright infringement claim within the statute of limitations in the Buffalo Intellectual Property Law Journal in 2009. The Supreme Court of the United States agreed with me when they decided this issue in Petrella v. MGM, 572 U.S. ___ (2014).

At graduation, I was one of ten students inducted into The Order of Barristers, a national honor society for oral advocacy. I also was awarded the class award for "Outstanding Achievement in Socratic method--Member of the class whose performance in Socratic dialogue entertained us the most." The first award is more prestigious than the second.

During law school I worked in a variety of clinics and internships, including working in UGA's Special Education Clinic and Family Violence Clinic, and interning with the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Texas and the South Texas Pro Bono Asylum Representation Project.