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Ryan G. Blanch

RYAN BLANCH is the founder and Managing Partner of The Blanch Law Firm’s criminal defense practice. He is a nationally recognized and top-rated New York criminal attorney who defends clients from white collar and other criminal charges. His cases and achievements both in and out of the courtroom span from New York to California and include criminal charges ranging from price fixing and insider trading to wire fraud and homicide. He has been rated as among the top 5% of criminal attorneys in NY.

Mr. Blanch has been sought after by high profile clientele across the nation to defend them from criminal charges in both federal and state courts. To this end, the firm has obtained pro hac vice admissions to handle criminal matters all over the country. From Alabama and Connecticut to Iowa, Michigan, Washington D.C., Pennsylvania, California and Hawaii, to name just a few.

Mr. Blanch has been tapped by corporate clientele, celebrities and Fortune 500 executives to represent them in all types of high-stakes criminal matters.

Despite his achievements, Mr. Blanch credits his success to his legal team and his clients. “Everyone wants to hear about our ‘high profile’ clients. To me, all of our clients are in the fight of their lives. Whether the charges are large or small, the potential impact on their futures is enormous. That makes all of our clients ‘high profile.’ This is our calling and where we can really try to make a difference.”

While Mr. Blanch and his team work routinely out of the federal and state criminal courts throughout Manhattan, Brooklyn and the surrounding boroughs of NYC, they can be found representing clients in courts throughout the United States.

Mr. Blanch has appeared on Fox News Live and BBC Worldwide News. His cases and commentary have been featured in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The LA Times, Washington Post, NY Post and Wired Magazine.

While Mr. Blanch boasts an impressive roster of well known clients and wall street executives, he regularly represents everyday individuals in a myriad of criminal charges. To this end, Mr. Blanch recently obtained a criminal court dismissal of all charges against his client who was charged with several Class-A felonies in New York. The government alleged that Mr. Blanch’s client was part of a cocaine trafficking network that smuggled narcotics in from Asia to New York City.

Mr. Blanch serves on several panels and committees alongside federal prosecutors and defense attorneys and devotes a good deal of his time to helping the underprivileged navigate their way through the criminal justice system. When asked to sum up his defense strategy in a single word, he answers: “Effort.”

“Effort will get you further than anything else in putting together a defense for your client. Prosecutors want to see you try. Juries want to believe you. If they see your effort they will see your belief. Prosecutors’ top priority cases today are not necessarily going to have the same priority six court appearances, five meetings and seventeen phone calls later. You have to push. You have to try.”

Of all the awards he has amassed during his career, his most prized are his client testimonials. “The clients are the only ones who can really judge you. They know what you’ve done and what you haven’t.” Client thank you cards line his office. One reads: “Thank you so much for helping me during this extremely difficult time in my life. You were always calling when I needed it the most. It was your wonderful talks that kept me going when I wanted to give up. Because of your determination, persistence and hard work, I am finally able to get my life back on track and return to my job after three years.” This client was charged under New York’s organized crime statute “Enterprise Corruption.”

You may contact the firm to schedule a meeting with Mr. Blanch to discuss your case.

About Mr. Blanch’s Attorney-Awards:

Martindale Hubbell is perhaps the oldest and most reputed rating agency for attorneys. Fewer than 8% of attorneys receive its top award of AV rating. The recipients of the AV rating are selected by an anonymous panel of judges and attorneys who are selected as representing the highest ethical standards and legal ability. Attorneys with a score of 4.5-5.0 are eligible for the AV rating. Mr. Blanch received 5 out of a possible 5. Super Lawyers maintains its own 12-step criteria as part of its selection process. It awards the Super Lawyer distinction to less than five percent of the attorneys in the state. Super Lawyers awards its Rising Star title to fewer than 2.5% of attorneys in the state. Mr. Blanch has received both awards. AVVO relies on attorney background checks from bar associations and court records together with a mathematical model for scoring attorneys. Mr. Blanch has been called “Superb” by AVVO and achieved a rating of 10 out of 10. Mr. Blanch is also the recipient of the Client Choice Award by AVVO and a 5.0 / 5.0 Client Rating by Martindale. Awards alone are not a reason to hire an attorney and cannot truly determine who is the best criminal attorney for your case.

On Working with the Client:

Mr. Blanch firmly believes that it takes a team to win criminal cases and that team must include the client. “I tell clients from our first meeting that they are going to have to get to work on their defense. Sometimes their reactions are surprising. After all, the client just paid us a significant fee to work for them. And we will, but we’re going to put you to work too. The truth is, we do most of the work, but the client has to get involved. The greatest advantage we have in any criminal case is the client. We get to talk to you. The prosecution does not. At the outset, you know the players, the timeline, the documents and other evidence better than anyone. Our job is to understand the government’s case better than the government understands it. Only the client can help us achieve that. Even in a confession case, where the government has spoken to you. You know how the interrogation was conducted, when they turned the camera on, or if there was no video, and whether the government’s notes accurately reflect what you said. Usually they do not. And you know whether you told them the truth and what you left out. So for many reasons, we need the client in our offices, working side by side with us, reviewing the discovery. We recently had a wiretap case where we had to listen to nearly a thousand hours of audio recordings. We sat the client down with us and reviewed the first 6 hours of them together. The client was able to recognize the voice on the recording. He knew who was speaking and it wasn’t whom the government had identified as the speaker. More importantly, it wasn’t the person that the government wanted it to be. Moments like that one are priceless and it created turning point in the criminal case. Only the client could have figured that out so quickly.”

Ryan Blanch

Ryan G. Blanch

Role: Managing Partner
Phone: 212-736-3900
Fax: 212-736.3910
Noteworthy Criminal Cases:

Saudi Arabian Airlines:
No Charges Filed in Federal Price Fixing Probe

Telecomm Company:
No Charges Filed in DOJ’s Foreign Bribery Investigation

Fortune 500 Executive:
No Charges Filed in Embezzlement Investigation

Homicide Defendant:
Found “Not Responsible” based on insanity defense.

Foreign Bank CEO:
Acquitted at Trial of Federal Money Laundering Charges

Software Development Company:
No Conviction in Illegal Gambling Trial. Jury Deadlocked 9-3 in favor of acquittal.

Hedge Fund Principal:
Drug charges dismissed prior to arraignment.

Nationally Recognized Movie Director:
(nature of representation confidential)

Reality T.V. Star & Model:
All Charges Dismissed in High Profile NY Sex Case.

Honors and Awards:
“Super Lawyer”:
SL Magazine
“Preeminent” AV Rated (5.0 / 5.0):
“Top 100 Trial Attorneys”:
National Trial Lawyers
“Superb” Rated 10.0:
“Top Attorney” :
Am. Reg. of Business Excellence
“Rising Star”:
SL Magazine
“Client’s Choice” Award:

Areas of Practice Include:
•Federal & State Criminal Defense
•Major Felonies
•White Collar Crimes
•Government Investigations
•Drug & Violent Crimes
•Tax Evasion
•Grand Jury Investigations
•Insurance Fraud
•Wire & Mail Fraud

Professional Associations:
•NY State Defenders Association
•Nat’l Assn of Criminal Defense Lawyers
•New York State Bar Association
•New York City Lawyers Association
•New York County Bar Association
•ABA White Collar Crime Committee

SMU Law School, Dallas, Texas, 1999

Honors & Awards:
Law Review, Outstanding Service
Criminal Law Moot Court National Champion
Best Speaker and Best Brief
Son of Sam Laws, Winner for Article Submission
UCLA, 1995
Bachelor of English
Honors: Dean’s List
Rowing Crew
With Honors
Daily Bruin Op-Ed Journalist

Published Works:
•Model Brief Regarding Constitutional Law, 15 PACENVLR 913, 1998
•UCLA columnist for article regarding criminal drug program

Bar Admissions:
New York State Court
Federal Courts (SDNY & EDNY)
United States Court of Appeals
Pro Hac Admissions include several states from Alabama to Hawaii