For the community, from the community.
A Life of Service to Family
Ryan Williams is a prosecutor who follows the law and puts family and community first. Ryan currently lives in Winter Garden, Florida, with his wife and high school sweetheart Stacey and their two children. Stacey is a teacher and the two coach their children and neighborhood kids on their youth soccer teams.
Ryan was born in Winter Park, Florida, but he and his family soon moved to the City of Clermont in Lake County, where he first met his future wife Stacey in the third grade. He attended South Lake High School where he received more than 10 varsity letters in soccer, track, and cross country. Ryan graduated as a valedictorian of his class, finishing with what was then the highest grade point average in the county’s history.
Justice Over Ego
"It is my firm belief that the duty of prosecutor and attorney must be prioritized before political agenda in order for the job to be successfully performed. The community's safety is at stake and that is my first concern, every day I wake up."
Achievement in Education
The Consummate Professional, Student of the Law
Ryan’s academic achievements were rewarded with a scholarship to local Rollins College where he enrolled in the school’s honors degree program and graduated in the top five in his class. Ryan graduated summa cum laude and was the recipient of the General Charles McCormick Reeve Award and a fellow with the Center for the Study of the Presidency. Ryan married his wife Stacey shortly after graduating from Rollins and the two traveled to Chapel Hill, North Carolina where Ryan attended law school at the University Of North Carolina School of Law.
Ryan and Stacey returned home to Orlando after law school. It was at that time that Ryan turned down offers at local law firms to accept a lower-paying position at the Office of the State Attorney for the Ninth Judicial Circuit. Ryan wanted to use his education to protect his community.
Ryan has since been promoted rapidly through the ranks at the State Attorney’s Office due to his exceptional job performance. Less than two years into his job, Ryan was trying serious felony cases with potential “Life” sentences. In 2008, Ryan set a single-year record for felony trials when he tried 31 felony cases before juries in Orange County in a single year and in doing so, earned the office’s “Champion of Justice” award for his dedication and success in the courtroom.
Ryan prosecuted more than 150 cases involving sex crimes and crimes of child abuse and neglect, including more than 30 jury trials of serial rapists, home invaders, and child molesters. Ryan was subsequently recognized with the office’s “Champion of Justice” a second time, becoming only the third prosecutor to receive the award more than once.
By 2016, Ryan had become the face of the Ninth Circuit, taking on several high-profile cases including the prosecution of serial rapists, drug traffickers, corrupt former police chiefs, police officers accused of excessive use of force, and acting as co-counsel during the prosecution of Bessman Okafor. At the end of 2016, Ryan became the youngest prosecutor to be assigned as Trial Unit Director in the State Attorney’s Office.
Most recently, Ryan began the prosecution of Markeith Loyd, before current State Attorney Aramis Ayala announced her refusal to follow the law and seek the death penalty. When the governor removed the death penalty cases from Ms. Ayala’s office and reassigned them to the Fifth Circuit, Ryan was asked to transfer to that office to assist in their prosecution, which he continues to do to-date.
The safety of our community starts with an irrefutable ethic to the duty of law. That's what Ryan represents to us.