Attorney Ryan Pacyga


Arrested MN Partner

Ryan Pacyga is a successful criminal defense attorney who represents people facing serious criminal charges in state and federal courts in Minnesota and throughout the nation. He has obtained not guilty verdicts and dismissals for clients charged with criminal sexual conduct, murder, assault, burglary, drug crimes, robbery, DWI and a variety of other charges. He has defended clients in high-profile, white collar crime cases involving complex fraud and financial misconduct.

Ryan is on the Board of Directors for the Minnesota Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. He has argued at the Minnesota Supreme Court, as well as state and federal courts of appeals. He frequently represents lawyers, health care professionals, executives, athletes, accountants, entrepreneurs, and the average joe.

A Skilled Trial Lawyer

Mr. Pacyga has earned a reputation among prosecutors and judges as an effective negotiator and a skilled trial attorney. He is known for turning long-shot cases into improbable wins by calling upon his legal knowledge, meticulous case preparation, and his ability to cross-examine adverse witnesses, connect with jurors and present persuasive closing arguments at trial. He frequently teaches trial skills to law students and other lawyers.

Mr. Pacyga strives to achieve positive legal results for clients and is dedicated to helping clients improve their lives outside of the legal system. He and the entire Arrested MN team work to provide the resources and support clients need to make positive life changes.

Mr. Pacyga regularly appears as a criminal law and trial expert on television and radio. He has been featured in the New York Times, CNN Headline News, the Star Tribune, Pioneer Press, KARE 11, Fox 9, WCCO, KMSP, MPR, 93X, KFAN and several other media channels.

Victory in 46 count federal trial including wire and mail fraud and controlled substances.

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyers, 2008-Present
  • Top 40 under 40, The National Trial Lawyers
  • Who’s Who in Criminal Defense, Minnesota Law & Politics
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers, The National Trial Lawyers

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Life Member
  • Board of Directors: Minnesota Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • American Inns of Court
  • Appointed Counsel: Criminal Justice Act


  • William Mitchell College of Law, Juris Doctor
  • University of Minnesota, Bachelor of Arts

Community Involvement

Mr. Pacyga enjoys volunteering as a youth football, baseball and hockey coach.

My son was being investigated for rape (criminal sexual conduct). We called Ryan Pacyga right away and told him what we needed help with. Ryan was on the phone asap and started to help my son as soon as we got off the phone. Ryan stopped the police and the detective from going after him. — T.R.


We all know that driving while under the influence of alcohol is a crime. But when, if ever, is it justifiable? Should an impaired driver be permitted to drive to safety to avoid a rape, attempted murder, or assault? According to the Minnesota Attorney General’s office, the answer is no, under NO circumstances.  Not even if that […]

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