Meet Our Team

At Risen & Ryan, we understand that life brings challenges. Whether you are dealing with a broken relationship, an unexpected loss, criminal charges, or the stress of mounting debt, we offer more than 40 years of combined experience providing compassionate legal counsel and zealous trial advocacy – finding solutions and fighting for our clients’ interests.

Our team has been working together for over 20 years and has a proven track record of effective service to our clients in and out of court. We use that experience to help you down a path to the results you need. Please feel free to contact us today for information or to schedule an appointment.

Shawn M. Risen, J.D.

Shawn holds a Juris Doctorate, ​cum laude, from Florida State University, College of Law and a Bachelor of Arts in History Education from the University of West Florida. He is a member of the Florida Bar since 1996, the United States District Court, Northern District of Florida, since 1997, and Board Certified as an expert in Juvenile Law.

Stephen J. Ryan, J.D.

Stephen “Steve” Joseph Ryan was born in the Bronx, where his mother worked as a nurse and his father was an officer with the New York Police Department. It was there, as one of eight children, that Steve began developing and refining his skills in the arts of negotiation and diplomacy, as middle children often do. Having filled every space of their small home on Pelham Bay, the Ryan’s moved their family east to Long Island, where Steve and his many siblings completed high school.

In the late 1980s, Steve enrolled at Stoney Brook State University to pursue a degree in Computer Science. He was surprised to find, however, that he was most inspired by an elective course he took on international law, which was taught by a former judge. Consequently, Steve changed his major to Political Science, which fed his growing curiosity and passion for the inner workings of American jurisprudence.

Upon graduation, Steve moved to Tallahassee, Florida to continue his studies at Florida State University’s College of Law, where he met fellow law student and his future law partner, Shawn Risen. In 1995, Steve graduated with honors and received a Juris Doctorate, and one year later, Steve and Shawn Risen established Risen & Ryan, Attorneys at Law.

Outside of the office, Steve enjoys exploring the many festivals, natural sites, and food options available along the Gulf Coast, with his wife, daughter, and his Rottweiler, Frank. On occasion, specifically when challenged by one of his brothers, Steve trains and participates in a Tough Mudder, a timed 10-mile to 12-mile obstacle course.

Kenya Risen, F.R.P.

Kenya studied at Florida State University and earned her Associates Degree at NWFSC in 1993. Kenya is recognized by the State Bar Association as a Florida Registered Paralegal since 2008 and has more than 20 years experience assisting clients in matters of Marital & Family Law, Consumer Bankruptcy, Juvenile Law & Criminal Defense. As our paralegal and office manager, Kenya will work directly with you to ensure your case gets the attention you deserve.

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Monday: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Tuesday: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Wednesday: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

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Friday: 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

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Find Us

436 Green Acres Road

Ft. Walton Beach, FL 32547

Hours

Monday: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Tuesday: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Wednesday: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Thursday: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Friday: 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

NOTICE: This website is for informational purposes only. Using this site or communicating with Risen & Ryan, P.A. through this site does not form an attorney/client relationship. This site is legal advertising. This website is for informational purposes only. Using this site or communicating with Risen & Ryan, P.A. through this site does not form an attorney/client relationship. This site is legal advertising.