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Luke concentrates his practice in criminal defense and in civil rights litigation. His work has been featured in two documentaries – “How to Fix a Drug Scandal” and “The System” – as well as numerous publications including Rolling Stonethe Washington PostReason, and Slate.

Luke’s tireless advocacy has not only produced successful results for his clients but has given him insights into the criminal justice system as a whole. As a result, he contributes his time and expertise to the goal of substantive changes that address systemic racism, oppression of the poor, and criminalization of addiction. He serves on the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court’s Standing Advisory Committee for the Rules of Criminal Procedure, as well as the Board of Directors for the Massachusetts Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. Luke has drafted amicus briefs in cases that protect the rights of defendants and he has published articles on the rights of criminal defendants to access internal affairs files in self-defense caseschallenging search warrants in drug cases, and ending the drug war.

Luke is active in many community organizations including Arise for Social Justice, Out Now and Springfield No One Leaves. He is a regular speaker at continuing legal education events, community organizer trainings and a frequent guest on podcasts and radio programs.

He can be found on Twitter @LukeRyanLawMA.


Western New England College School of Law, Springfield, MA

  • Juris Doctor-2006
  • Honors: magna cum laude
  • Editor-in-chief of the Law Review

Amherst College, Amherst, MA

  • Bachelor of Arts, 1994


  • United States District Judge Michael Ponsor

Bar Admissions

  • United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts, 2007
  • First Circuit Court of Appeals, 2013


  • Massachusetts Super Lawyer, 2016
  • Lawyer of the Year by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly
  • Massachusetts Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild
  • Access to Justice Award from the Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Edward J. Dugan Award for Zealous Advocacy and Outstanding Legal Services to the Poor from the Committee for Public Counsel Services
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