For Immediate Release - April 23, 2013

Governor Patrick Appoints Marian T. Ryan as Middlesex County District Attorney

BOSTON – Tuesday, April 23, 2013 – Governor Deval Patrick today named Middlesex District Attorney’s (DA) Office General Counsel Marian T. Ryan as Middlesex County DA. Ryan will assume responsibility for all Middlesex County DA’s office operations and fills the vacancy created by the departure of Middlesex County DA Gerard Leone.  

“Marian brings a great wealth of experience as a prosecutor generally and in the Middlesex County DA's office in particular,” said Governor Patrick. “I am confident she brings the rigor, tenacity, integrity and compassion to take an already strong team to even greater heights.”

With over 30 years of experience in the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office, Ryan most recently served as General Counsel and Chief of the Middlesex DA’s Elder and Disabled Unit under outgoing Middlesex County DA Leone. She has extensive and varied experience in both the prosecution of homicide and other felony cases as well as in the development and implementation of prevention and outreach initiatives in communities throughout Middlesex County. Ryan is a member of the Middlesex District Attorney's Office Senior Leadership Team and has been intimately involved in the legislative, personnel, training and budgetary processes of the Office. She has tried hundreds of cases in the District and Superior Courts and briefed and argued over 40 cases in the Appeals Court and the Supreme Judicial Court.

During her 34 years of service at the Middlesex County DA’s Office, Ryan has forged strong professional relationships with the criminal defense bar, the judiciary, community groups, police departments and other public safety personnel, the probation department, mental health professionals, social service agencies and other advocacy groups throughout the county that will bring a depth of knowledge and experience to her role as Middlesex County DA.  

Ryan has taught as an adjunct professor at Emmanuel College and Wentworth College, and currently teaches at Lasell College. 

Ryan is a graduate of Emmanuel College and Boston College Law School. While at Boston College Law School, Ryan was a student attorney at the legal assistance bureau. She lives in Belmont with her husband and has two children. 

Ryan replaces Acting Middlesex DA Michael Pelgro, who was appointed after the departure of Middlesex DA Gerry Leone.  An election to select the next DA will occur in 2014, the next biennial election.

“I am humbled by the responsibility which the Governor has entrusted to me,” said Ryan. “I am thrilled to be leading the Office where I have spent my entire professional career and I look forward to continuing its long tradition of excellence.”

“I commend the Governor for his selection of Marian Ryan as the Middlesex District Attorney,” said former Middlesex DA Leone. “Marian has spent her entire legal career serving and protecting the people of Middlesex County.  She will continue the legacy and tradition of Middlesex District Attorneys who are professional prosecutors and progressive prevention minded public servants.”

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