Ryan Campbell

Ryan Campbell
Ryan Campbell

Mr. Campbell received his juris doctorate from The George Washington University Law School in 2002 and earned a bachelor of science degree from Virginia Tech in 1999.  After law school, he clerked for Judge J. Ramsey Johnson in the D.C. Superior Court prior to joining the Alexandria Public Defender’s Office.  Mr. Campbell was a defender at the Alexandria Public Defender’s Office for over 5 years, and represented hundreds of clients in that time.  During his tenure at the Public Defender’s Office, he attended the Trial Practice Institute at the National Criminal Defense College in Macon, Georgia.


Northern Virginia Magazine has recognized Mr. Campbell as one of the area’s best criminal defense attorneys (2016, 2014, and 2012 best lawyer issues).  Washingtonian magazine, in its December 2013 and December 2011 issues, also recognized Mr. Campbell as among the Washington areas’ top criminal defenders.   Mr. Campbell has been selected by Virginia Super Lawyers (2016-2017) and named as a Virginia Super Lawyers rising star (2009-2015) for his proficiency in criminal defense.

Criminal Defense

Mr. Campbell has represented hundreds of clients for many types of offenses, ranging from misdemeanor assaults and traffic offenses, to murder, rape, and other serious felonies. He also has experience representing clients before the Virginia appellate courts. For nearly 2 years during his tenure at the Public Defender’s Office, Mr. Campbell represented juveniles accused of crimes almost exclusively.

Trial Experience

Mr. Campbell has tried hundreds of misdemeanor cases, dozens of felony offenses, and has served as lead or co-counsel in over a dozen felony jury trials. He has secured acquittals or dismissals for clients charged with rape, alleged shaken baby syndrome, felony assault, larceny, embezzlement, and other serious felonies. He has also secured acquittals or dismissals in many cases for less serious offenses, including DUI, assault, drug possession, larceny, and other  offenses.

Appellate Experience

Mr. Campbell is an experienced appellate lawyer who has appeared and argued both before the Virginia Court of Appeals and Virginia Supreme Court.  Notable cases include Mwangi v. Commonwealth, 277 Va. 393 (2009) and Epps v. Commonwealth, ___ Va.App. ___ (2011).


  • J.D., The George Washington University Law School
  • B.S., Sociology, Virginia Tech

Bar Admissions

  • Virginia
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia