Senior associate attorney Ryan Ramsayer has been with the Barone Defense Firm since 2009. During his tenure, he has been involved in the successful defense of hundreds of clients accused of drunk driving. Prior to beginning a career in law, Mr. Ramsayer was as a member of the United States Marine Corps infantry and served honorably in Afghanistan.
A Minnesota native, Mr. Ramsayer moved to Michigan to study law at the Michigan State University College of Law. During his time in law school, he participated in the two-year Geoffrey Feiger Trial Practice Institute program, where he learned the essential skills of trial advocacy.
Mr. Ramsayer is a member of the National College for DUI Defense, Michigan Association of OWI Attorneys, and is a certified practitioner of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Standardized Field Sobriety Tests.
I come from northern Minnesota. I was attending my undergraduate college, Bemidji State, and I was working on a history degree, and one day my professor sort of made the joke that as a history major, you will always be asked whether or not you are going to teach or become a lawyer. And at that point, I had not really considered being a lawyer, but it sort of gave me a drive and determination to begin fulfilling that goal. And that is what led me eventually to Michigan State College of Law and into the practice of law.
As for the Barone Defense Firm and OWI defense, they were the ones that gave me my first opportunity to practice law coming out of law school. I have been here with the firm ever since.
What makes me passionate about practicing this type of law is very simple: it’s something that affects everybody and it is something that everybody does. Whether we want to acknowledge it or not, pretty much everybody who has ever drank has, unfortunately, drank and then got behind the wheel. I have been in the car with many of my friends who have been arrested for drunk driving, and it is something that I find that because a majority of people do, I think that they need somebody there to support them and make sure that they understand that they’re not alone, and that they have people there that care about them and are willing to help them out, contrary to what a lot of the TV commercials may say.