Perry Thomas Ryan

Title: Assistant Attorney General
Company: Office of the Kentucky Attorney General
Location: Georgetown, Kentucky, United States

Perry Thomas Ryan, Assistant Attorney General at the Office of the Kentucky Attorney General, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Lawyers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in the field of legal service.
Having accrued more than four decades of inimitable expertise in his chosen field, Mr. Ryan has garnered a laudable reputation as an assistant attorney general of the state of Kentucky since 1988. Specializing in criminal prosecution, he has handled more than 1,600 cases before the Kentucky Supreme Court and the Kentucky Court of Appeals, as well as more than 100 cases before various federal courts. Previously, Mr. Ryan served as deputy county clerk in Breckinridge County in Hardinsburg, Kentucky, from 1980 until 1988, and as an intern prosecutor for the Fayette County Attorney’s Office in Lexington, Kentucky. Throughout this time, he also worked as a certified teacher with Fayette County Public Schools between 1984 and 1994.
In a career suffused with highlights, Mr. Ryan is most proud to have participated in a joint effort to write three of Kentucky’s drunk driving laws. For this, as well as other accomplishments to his credit, he earned such accolades as the Sonego Award for Excellence from the Kentucky Prosecutors Advisory Council in 2017, and he was named as the Historian of the Year by the Breckinridge County Historical Society in 1998. Likewise, for his charitable endeavors, Mr. Ryan received an Outstanding Service Award from his local Rotary Club in 1996.
An accomplished author, Mr. Ryan has written eight books on a variety of subjects, including American history and criminal justice. Most notably, he wrote “The Last Public Execution in America” in 1992, which expounds upon the legal hanging of Rainey Bethea in 1936. Furthermore, Mr. Ryan penned a biography on Maurice F. O’Connell, an American soldier who died during the liberation of Europe in World War Two, and four genealogies of his own family history, among other works for which he is well regarded.
Before embarking upon his professional journey, Mr. Ryan sought a formal education at the University of Kentucky, from which he earned two bachelor’s degrees in history and education in 1984, and a Doctor of Jurisprudence in 1988. He was promptly admitted to practice law in the state of Kentucky in 1988, and. has been sworn in to practice before the U.S. District Court of Kentucky, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, and the Supreme Court of the United States.


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