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Douglas Ryan



Anchorage, AK





Douglas Ryan joined the Alaska bar in 2017. He has been practicing family law specifically since July 2018. He joined the team at Wyatt & Butterfield, LLC, in July 2019, where he enjoys the collaborative character of the practice, and represents men in divorce and child custody cases and seniors in elder law matters. Douglas is married and has one child, a daughter in elementary school. As a father himself, Douglas is committed to helping his clients have close relationships with their children, even after divorce or breakup.

Douglas graduated magna cum laude from Boston College. In 2006, he obtained a PhD in philosophy from the University of Sheffield in the United Kingdom. His PhD thesis emphasized the philosophy of mind and perception. After teaching philosophy at UAA for several years, he received a scholarship to attend law school at the University of California, Irvine (UCI). During law school, Douglas interned for the Alaska Department of Law, and represented men and women in domestic violence proceedings in UCI’s domestic violence law clinic. After law school, he clerked for Judge Michael MacDonald in Fairbanks, Alaska.

Douglas was born in Massachusetts but grew up in Anchorage. In high school, he sold skateboards from a shed in his backyard. He is the oldest of five children, and enjoys reading fiction and nonfiction, driving, snowboarding, and listening to music.

Areas of Practice

  • Family Law


  • University of California, Irvine School of Law, Irvine, California
    • J.D. - 2017
  • University of Sheffield, United Kingdom
    • PhD - 2006
  • Boston College, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts
    • Honors: magna cum laude