Hon. Michael D. Ryan
Arizona Supreme Court
Justice Michael D. Ryan (Ret.)Arizona Supreme CourtMichael D. Ryan, Justice of the Arizona Supreme Court, was appointed to the Court in May 2002. He retired from that Court on August 6, 2010. Before his appointment to the Supreme Court, Justice Ryan served on the Arizona Court of Appeals, Division One for more than five years, having been appointed to that position in September 1996. Before his appointment to the court of appeals, Justice Ryan served as a Judge of the Arizona Superior Court for more than ten years.Justice Ryan received his B.A. degree from St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minnesota in 1967. After college he served in the United States Marine Corps as an infantry platoon commander from 1967 - 1969. He received his Juris Doctorate degree from Arizona State University Law School in 1977.In 2001, Justice Ryan received the Honorable Henry S. Stevens Judge of the Year Award from the Maricopa County Bar Association and the Judicial Award of Excellence from the Public Lawyers Section of the Arizona State Bar. In 2002, Justice Ryan received the Committee on Minorities and Women in the Law Award from the State Bar’s Committee on Minorities and Women in the Law. In 2003, he received the Arizona State University’s College of Law’s Outstanding Alumnus award and the College of Law’s Distinguished Achievement Award. And in 2005, he received the State Bar’s James Walsh Outstanding Jurist Award.