Ryan J. Ellis

Ryan grew up in Knoxville, Iowa and attended Northwest Missouri State University for his undergraduate degrees in Psychology and Criminal Justice. While at Northwest, Ryan played wide-receiver for the Bearcats. For his last semester, Ryan worked as an intern with a criminal defense lawyer in Washington D.C. Upon graduation from Northwest, Ryan attended law school at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, where he received his J.D.

In 1998, Ryan moved back to central Iowa to work in a small firm before becoming a Drug Prosecutor for the Mid-Iowa Narcotics Task Force in Marion and Warren Counties. As a drug prosecutor, Ryan handled misdemeanor and felony drug cases, worked very closely with law enforcement, assisted with search warrants and instructed officers on procedures and search and seizure. Currently, Ryan prosecutes violations of city ordinances for Indianola.

In his sixteen years of practice, Ryan has handled criminal cases ranging from simple misdemeanors to First Degree Murder. He has also handled many DUI cases and is certified in Standardized Field Sobriety Testing. Ryan has served as an adjunct professor with Simpson College in the areas of Criminal Justice, Criminal Procedure, Family and Juvenile Law and Theories of Juvenile Delinquency.

Ryan has vast experience in handling divorce and custody cases. In addition, he has handled other civil matters including personal injury cases due to automobile collisions, workplace injuries and medical malpractice.

Ryan represents several small businesses and handles transactional work such as real estate, estate planning, and probate.

Ryan is respected for his ability to investigate cases and provide zealous and ethical representation of clients. He was recognized as one of the Top 100 Criminal Defense Attorneys by National Trial Lawyers.

  • Creighton University School of Law (J.D. 1997)
  • Northwest Missouri State University (B.A. 1993)
Community Leadership
  • Indianola Chamber of Commerce – Board of Directors
  • Indianola Athletic Booster Club—Board of Directors
  • Warren County Leadership – Board of Directors 2002
  • Iowa County Attorney Legislative Committee 2002
  • Simpson College Criminal Justice Advisory Board
  • Indianola RAGBRAI committee co-chair
  • Indianola High School Softball—Assistant Varsity Coach 2012-2013
  • Former Volunteer Mock Trial Coach and Judge
  • Founder of Indianola Youth Football Scholarship
  • Assistant and Pitching Coach for Youth Softball
  • Junior Achievement Volunteer Teacher 1998-2001
Achievements and Awards
  • Warren County Leadership Graduate 2001
  • The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100


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