Tough Trial Attorneys With Extensive Courtroom Experience
Tough Trial Attorneys With Extensive Courtroom Experience
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Ryan Schiff

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Practice Areas

  • Appellate
  • Criminal Law
  • Civil Litigator


Ryan Schiff is an experienced appellate, criminal, and civil litigator. He has briefed and argued a wide range of criminal and civil cases before the Massachusetts Appeals Court, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, and the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. His trial-court experience ranges from complex first-degree murder and federal racketeering cases to trespassing and drug-possession cases.

His successes have included victories in criminal and juvenile appeals, successful challenges to the legality of Massachusetts statutes and regulations, and a class-action constitutional challenge before the Supreme Judicial Court that provided relief to more than 6,000 people. Ryan also has substantial experience representing clients before the Massachusetts Parole Board and the Sex Offender Registry Board.

Ryan is frequent lecturer at legal seminars and trainings across Massachusetts and has been a faculty member for the National Legal Aid & Defender Association's annual National Appellate Defender Training. In 2018, he received the Jay D. Blitzman Youth Advocacy Award in recognition of his dedication to juvenile rights.

Before becoming a partner at Elkins Auer Rudof & Schiff, Ryan was the Director of Juvenile Appeals at the Committee for Public Counsel Services (CPCS), the statewide Massachusetts public defender agency. Prior to that, he was a staff attorney in CPCS's Special Litigation Unit and an associate at a Boston law firm.


  • Northeastern University School of Law, Boston, Massachusetts
    • J.D. - 2003
  • University of Massachusetts Boston,
    • MA (English), - 2000
  • University of New Mexico,
    • BA, - 1996

Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts, 2003
  • U.S. District Court District of Massachusetts, 2004
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 1st Circuit, 2005

Classes & Seminars

  • Faculty Member, National Legal Aid & Defender Association’s annual National Appellate Defender Training in New Orleans