Christopher Ryan

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Law School

University of New Mexico School of Law
(Juris Doctor,1990)


Eastern New Mexico University
(B.A. in Political Science, Military Science Minor 1987)

Upon graduating from Law School, Mr. Ryan was commissioned as a 1st Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps.  He remained on active duty for almost 9 years and was stationed at Fort Bliss, Texas, Fort Ord and Presidio of Monterey, California, Fort Lewis, Washington, and Fort Richardson, Alaska.  While on active duty Mr. Ryan held positions as Administrative Law Officer, Trial Counsel, Defense Counsel, Senior Defense Counsel, and Chief of Military Justice.  As a military litigator Mr. Ryan was involved in dozens of felony courts-martial cases throughout the United States. In 1999, Mr. Ryan left active duty and entered the Army Reserves where he furthered his military career holding positions as a Team Leader, Deputy Commander, Executive Officer, and Commander.  Due to his extensive courtroom experience, Mr. Ryan was invited to serve as an Adjunct Professor in the Criminal Law Division of the Judge Advocate General’s School and Learning Center in Charlottesville, Virginia from 2000-2005. He retired from the military in 2015 at the rank of Colonel.

In his civilian career, Mr. Ryan served as the Labor and Employment Law Advisor to Fort Bliss and William Beaumont Medical Center in El Paso, Texas from 2000-2003.  In 2003 he was hired by the newly formed Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Customs and Border Protection where he served for 12-years as Attorney-Advisor, Deputy Assistant Chief Counsel, Assistant Chief Counsel and Senior Legal Advisor to senior management officials of the U.S. Border Patrol and U.S. Customs.  During his time as legal advisor to the Department of Army and Homeland Security, Mr. Ryan handled administrative hearings before such forums as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Merit Systems Protection Board, Federal Labor Relations Authority, and third-party Arbitrators. He also served as a Special Assistant United States Attorney. Mr.  Ryan possesses expertise in civil rights, civil litigation, state and federal tort claims, intelligence law, Freedom of Information Act and IPRA issues, immigration law, governmental ethics programs, operations law, military law, and labor and employment law.  From 2016-2018 he held positions with the New Mexico Association of Counties and as Deputy City Attorney for Las Cruces.

Practice Areas
Bar Admissions & Certifications
  • State Bar of New Mexico
  • United States District Court for the District of New Mexico
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Texas
  • United States Army Court of Military Review