Ryan M. Harrison, Sr.

Associate | Sacramento

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Ryan M. Harrison, Sr. is an Associate in Lozano Smith’s Sacramento Office. He advises local governments, school districts, and special district clients through the intricacies of public agency law.


Mr. Harrison’s experience extends to litigating cases involving negligent conduct, the California Public Records Act, the Brown Act, and labor and employment discrimination and retaliation. He has also represented government-operated healthcare entities in labor disputes. His practice includes advice and counsel, drafting discovery motions, trial court and appellate litigation, drafting motions for summary judgment, and demurrers. He is also an experienced neutral investigator.

During law school, Mr. Harrison externed for the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of California, where he provided research and analysis for cases on the Court’s calendar. He received Witkin awards for academic excellence in disability discrimination, and criminal procedure, and he competed on the #1 ranked UC Hastings appellate advocacy moot court competition team.

Mr. Harrison served multiple years as a principal consultant in the California Senate Rules Committee where he monitored multiple California industries, advised Senate members on policy objectives, and, conducted internal investigations into employee misconduct.


Mr. Harrison is a former law enforcement officer and has received California Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) certification for special investigators. He received his Juris Doctor from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. He received a Masters of Science in Criminal Justice from California State University, Sacramento. And, he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of California, Davis.

Mr. Harrison is also a Senior Fellow of the Sacramento Region’s Nehemiah Emerging Leaders Program (NELP), an executive development program for diverse leaders.

Community Service

In 2019, the Trustees of the State Bar of California appointed Mr. Harrison to the Council on Access and Fairness (COAF), where he focuses on diversity in the legal profession and inspiring confidence in the rule of law.

Mr. Harrison serves as an Executive Committee Member to the Public Law Section of the California Lawyers Association.

Mr. Harrison also serves as a Board of Appeals commissioner for the City of West Sacramento, with prior service as a planning commissioner for the City.

Mr. Harrison is also the General Counsel-North of the California Association of Black Lawyers (CABL), he is a member of the UC Davis Health Community Advisory Board, and he serves on the executive board of the Wiley Manuel Bar Association of Sacramento County.

In 2017, California State University, Sacramento, honored Mr. Harrison as its Distinguished Alumni Rising Star, for his service and leadership in the Sacramento Region.

Supreme Court Says Plaintiffs In Law Enforcement First Amendment Retaliation Cases Must Prove No Probable Cause For Arrest

By: Jenell Van BindsbergenSloan SimmonsRyan Harrison, Sr.-

July 2019Number 31Once a year, deep in the Alaskan wilderness, twelve thousand "snow hippies" exercise their right to party. Law enforcement officers chaperone them at a ratio of ten thousand to seven. At "Arctic Man," not to be confused with "Burning Man," there is a blizzard of skiers, snowmobilers, and bonfires. According to the popular sports blogging network SB Nation, "Arctic Man is a weeklong, booze and fossil-fueled Sledneck Revival bookended around the world's craziest ski race." Fro...

The California Court of Appeal Has Spoken, Not Just Anyone Can Be Elected County Sheriff—So Says County Clerk

By: William Curley IIIRyan Harrison, Sr.-

April 2019Number 20In 2017, basketball Hall-of-Famer Shaquille O'Neil was sworn in as a deputy sheriff of Henry County, Georgia. The momentous occasion concluded with a moment levity at the end of the swearing-in ceremony when Mr. O'Neil announced his candidacy for County Sheriff in 2020. His wit was fueled by the tacit understanding that county sheriff is a position requiring the qualification of sufficient prior law enforcement experience. World-class basketball skills, although highly impo...