Ryan Schiff is a seasoned 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.

Ryan has litigated some of the past decade’s most significant Massachusetts criminal and constitutional cases. His successes have included victories in criminal and juvenile appeals, successful constitutional challenges to Massachusetts criminal and civil statutes, a class-action constitutional challenge before the Supreme Judicial Court that provided relief to more than 6,000 people, and numerous victories in the trial courts, including successful motions to dismiss and suppress and victorious administrative appeals. Ryan also has substantial experience representing clients before the Sex Offender Registry Board and has successfully litigated some of the most important sex-offender-registration cases that have come before the Massachusetts courts in recent years.

Ryan is frequent lecturer at legal seminars and trainings across Massachusetts. Since 2016, he has been a faculty member for the National Legal Aid & Defender Association’s annual National Appellate Defender Training in New Orleans.

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 state-wide Massachusetts public defender agency. Prior to that, he was a staff attorney in CPCS’s Special Litigation Unit and an associate at the Boston law firm of Salsberg & Schneider.


Massachusetts, 2003

U.S. Dist. Court, D.Mass., 2004

U.S. Court of Appeals, 1st Cir., 2005


Northeastern University School of Law, J.D., 2003

University of Massachusetts Boston, M.A. in English, 2000

University of New Mexico, B.A., 1996

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Elkins, Auer, Rudof & Schiff

31 Trumbull Rd., Suite B  Northampton, MA 01060

Phone: (413) 341-2131

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Communities We Serve: Northampton & Surrounding Areas