Jeri Ryan

Jeri Ryan has been tapped to play a lawyer on Law & Order: SVU, TVGuide.com has confirmed.

Ryan will play attorney Patrice Larue on the April 7 episode, which is titled "Baggage," and will recur in the role for at least two future episodes. In "Baggage," the murder of an artist uncovers a string of unsolved homicides by a serial killer.

"Jeri Ryan's the real deal. She brings a compelling intensity to her roles and we're lucky to have her as a kick-butt attorney on SVU," said Neal Baer, the show's executive producer.

The same episode will feature supporting gigs for Delroy Lindo (Kidnapped) and John Ashton, who you remember as Det. Sgt. John "I'm Getting Too Old for This Sh--" Taggart from the Beverly Hills Cop movies, as — what else? — cops.