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Ryan Elsey





University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, J.D., 2012

University of Detroit Mercy, B.A., 2006

Bar Admissions

Court Admissions

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

Ryan Elsey specializes in complex commercial, criminal, and regulatory enforcement litigation.

Ryan previously practiced for several years at an elite international law firm’s Washington, D.C. office, focusing on investigations and enforcement litigation involving sophisticated derivatives and securities markets.

Immediately before joining Miller Canfield, Ryan clerked for the Honorable Laurie J. Michelson with the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. Throughout his two-year clerkship, Ryan saw various civil and criminal cases through from start to finish, learning effective ways to persuade judges at all stages of litigation and juries at trial.

Ryan has a passion for giving back to the community through an active pro bono practice. He has briefed and argued criminal appeals for indigent defendants and served as a court-appointed special prosecutor in criminal contempt cases arising from domestic violence allegations. As a law student, Ryan co-directed Berkeley Law's Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project chapter, fighting to obtain special immigrant visas for Iraqis who put their lives on the line while serving U.S. forces in Iraq. 


Berkeley Law School McBaine Honors Moot Court Competition, Semi-Finalist

American Jurisprudence Awards for law school courses including Federal Courts and Civil Trial Practice

Award for Best Oral Argument in 1L Written & Oral Advocacy course

Harvard Law School 3L Visiting Student through Berkeley-Harvard Exchange Program

Judicial Extern for the Honorable Phyllis J. Hamilton, U.S. District Court Judge for the Northern District of California

Berkeley Journal of International Law, Member

Graduated summa cum laude from the University of Detroit Mercy’s Honors Program

Vismara Award for achievement in the study of philosophy

Detroit Historical Memorials Society Award for achievement in the study of American history

Professional Activities

Federal Bar Association, Eastern District of Michigan, Complex Civil Litigation Committee