Ryan J. Stevens is a member and owner of Griffen & Stevens Law Firm, PLLC. A former felony prosecutor in Flagstaff, Arizona, Mr. Stevens dedicates his legal practice to criminal defense, personal injury, constitutional rights litigation, and expert trial work all across Northern Arizona.
Mr. Stevens graduated cum laude from the College of William & Mary (B.S., Mathematics). He attended William & Mary School of Law on a merit-based academic scholarship. Mr. Stevens clerked for Chief Judge Walter S. Felton of the Virginia Court of Appeals. Mr. Stevens also clerked at a Flagstaff law firm and the Coconino County Attorney’s Office, accelerating his trial practice skills and experience. Early in his legal career, Mr. Stevens achieved numerous successful results in jury trials on serious criminal cases, including first-degree murder, felony murder, second-degree murder, aggravated assault, burglary, sale of marijuana, aggravated DUI, and more. Mr. Stevens believes that maintaining a high-quality trial practice yields optimal results in all legal settings.
Mr. Stevens' reputation is known in Coconino County, Yavapai County, Navajo County, Mohave County, Apache County, Maricopa County, federal and tribal courts. Mr. Stevens litigates serious federal cases in U.S. District Court (Phoenix/Prescott) and U.S. Magistrate Court (Flagstaff, Grand Canyon, Page, Kingman).
A competitive runner and Ironman triathlete, Mr. Stevens looks forward to serving his clients with professionalism, energy, and vigor.
Certifications & Services
- Top 10 Attorneys in the State of Arizona, American Institute of Legal Counsel (2021)
- Arizona Criminal Practice and Procedure Committee (State Bar of Arizona), 3-year appointment (2020-2023)
- American Association for Justice, Member
- Former Felony Prosecutor, Coconino County Attorney’s Office (Flagstaff, AZ)
- 9th Circuit Court of Appeals (Federal), Admitted/Member
- U.S. District Court for Arizona, Admitted/Member
- Hopi Tribal Court, Admitted/Member
- National Organization of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Member
- American Bar Assocation, Member (Criminal Justice Section)
- Coconino County Bar Association (Flagstaff, AZ), Member
- Flagstaff Chamber of Commerce, Member
- Better Business Bureau, Accredited
- Poore Medical Clinic, Board of Directors
U.S. News & World Report - Best Law Firm - Tier One (Flagstaff, Arizona)
From 2018 through 2021, the Griffen & Stevens Law Firm, PLLC has been repeatedly recognized in the category of Best Law Firm – Tier One by U.S. News & World Report and Best Law Firms, the only Flagstaff-based law firm to make the list.
Recent Jury Trial Win: Acquittal on All Drug Charges
Mr. Stevens served as lead defense counsel in a felony jury trial in Yavapai County, Arizona. There were three (3) felony drug charges, and after aggressively challenging the State’s evidence, Mr. Stevens’ client was fully acquitted by the jury (“Not Guilty” verdict on all three charges).
Recent Jury Trial Win: Acquittal on First Degree Murder Charge
Mr. Stevens led the defense team in a first-degree murder jury trial, in which he secured a “Not Guilty” jury verdict. After spending two years in jail on a $1 million bond, Mr. Stevens’ client was fully acquitted of murder and went home to his family on the day of the verdict.
Here is the news story on the Not Guilty verdict on the first-degree murder case: Jury: Suspect not guilty in teen’s death.
In recent personal injury law, Mr. Stevens litigated a truck accident case involving serious physical injuries to his client. The resulting settlement was $1,250,000. Recently, Mr. Stevens also secured personal injury results for his clients of $300,000 for a medical malpractice (missed diagnosis) matter; $195,000 for a dog bite case; and $175,000 for a car accident involving a head injury.
In civil rights litigation of statewide and national importance, Mr. Stevens was honored to serve as counsel of record fighting for marriage equality in Arizona in the case of Connolly et al v. Brewer et al, in United States District Court, District of Arizona, Case No. 2:14-cv-00024-JWS. On October 17, 2014, a federal court struck down Arizona’s unconstitutional marriage inequality laws. Mr. Stevens and the Plaintiffs’ legal team earned a favorable outcome, in every regard, so much so that the defense legal team decided to not appeal. Mr. Stevens is honored to have been an attorney of record on this historic constitutional rights victory in Arizona federal court.
Complete Jury Trial Acquittals
Mr. Stevens has served as lead counsel on complete jury trial acquittals ("Not Guilty on All Charges") in recent years that included:
- First Degree Murder;
- Aggravated Assault;
- Sale of Dangerous Drugs;
- Sexual Assault;
- Unlawful Flight from Law Enforcement;
- Resisting Arrest;
- DUI 0.08% or More;
- Possession of Dangerous Drugs;
- Possession of Drug Paraphernalia;
- And more charges.
Mr. Stevens has also achieved significant reductions of charges, through jury verdicts, on cases involving "Not Guilty" verdicts on Manslaughter, Child Abuse, and First Degree Murder.
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