Ryan James is the owner and founder of James Law, LLC. In July 2012, Ryan founded James Law on the simple premise that clients must be more engaged in their legal representation and informed decision-makers in the process.
True to the firm’s motto, Ryan is committed to providing practical solutions to complicated legal problems because of an underlying passion for helping others. Licensed to practice in all Pennsylvania state courts, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, Ryan has had a successful record of representing his clients in various criminal, civil, and administrative proceedings. Specifically, Ryan has successfully obtained acquittals and dismissals on behalf of the wrongfully accused; obtained new trials for clients due to ineffective assistance of counsel; defended parental rights in dependency and custody proceedings; recovered thousands of dollars in contractual claims; and overturned erroneous eviction rulings, thus permitting clients to stay in their residence.
Ryan’s training has prepared him well to successfully try cases on behalf of his clients. Before founding James Law, Ryan had the benefit to work under one of the nation’s top attorneys in Washington, D.C., clerk for the Michigan Supreme Court, intern with the Washtenaw County Public Defender’s Office, and represent government agencies in a firm that practiced primarily in the public-sector field. Ryan’s education has also been critical to his success. Ryan received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Philosophy from Allegheny College, and he earned his Juris Doctor from the Thomas M. Cooley Law School, where he graduated fifth in his class. During law school, Ryan was a managing associate editor of the Law Review and a member of his law school’s National Moot Court team. Ryan was his class’s recipient of the President’s Achievement Award and the Alumni Association’s Distinguished Student Award.
Since he has returned to his hometown of McKeesport, Ryan has further been recognized for his commitment to his community outside of private practice. In 2013, Whirl magazine recognized Ryan as one of Pittsburgh’s 50 Finest for his contributions to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of Western Pennsylvania. In addition to this commitment, Ryan has given his time and attention to several other organizations and community activities. Ryan is a volunteer attorney with the Neighborhood Legal Services Association, a youth mentor for the United Way, a member of the Heinz History Center’s “History Uncorked” committee, an arbitrator in the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas, and a member of the Allegheny County Bar Association. Ryan is a past member of the Pittsburgh Young Professional’s board of directors and a past committee chairman of the White Oak Business & Professional Association.
Licensed since 2012
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I have been fortunate to watch Attorney James in action, before the judges of Allegheny County. Each time, he has been prepared and persuasive in representing his clients' interests. When my clients call me about a criminal matter, I feel confident in connecting them with Attorney James.
Kevin Tucker Workers Compensation Attorney
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
Attorney Ryan James is a dedicated criminal defense lawyer who fights hard to obtain justice for his clients. Having seen him in action in both Magisterial District Courts and the Court of Common Pleas, Ryan is both articulate and well-prepared. Having handled cases against him as a former prosecutor, he does not take the easy way out, as he thoroughly examines the Commonwealth's evidence to prepare the best possible defense for his clients. I would not hesitate to recommend his services to others.
David Zuckerman Criminal Defense Attorney
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|Readers' Choice: Best Attorney-Silver Award Recipient||Trib Total Media||2015|
|Readers' Choice: Best Attorney-Gold Award Recipient||The Daily News||2014|
|Pittsburgh's 50 Finest||Whirl Magazine/CFF (Western Pa)||2013|
|President's Achievement Award||Thomas M. Cooley Law School||2011|
|Distinguished Student Award||Cooley Alumni Association||2011|
|John D. Voelker Award||Thomas M. Cooley Law Review||2011|
|Fitzgerald Award||Cooley Student Bar Association||2011|
|Earl Dayton Award||Cooley Grade Appeals Board||2011|
|Solicitor||Borough of White Oak||2014 - 2014|
|Attorney||Law Offices of Patricia L. McGrail, LLC||2011 - 2012|
|Intern to Justice Diane M. Hathaway||Michigan Supreme Court||2011 - 2011|
|Law Clerk||Ryan, Podein & Postema, PC||2010 - 2010|
|Student Attorney||The Washtenaw County Public Defender's Office||2010 - 2010|
|Intern to Michael Hausfeld||Cohen, Milstein, Hausfeld & Toll, PLLC||2005 - 2005|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|Allegheny County Bar Association, Sole and Small Firm Practitioners Section||Secretary/Treasurer||2015 - Present|
|ACBA: Planning Ahead Committee||Member||2014 - Present|
|ACBA: Membership Committee||Member||2014 - Present|
|Allegheny County Bar Association, Sole and Small Firm Practitioners Section||3-Year Council||2013 - 2015|
|Pennsylvania Bar Association||N/A||2012 - Present|
|Allegheny County Bar Association||N/A||2012 - Present|
|Pittsburgh Young Professionals||Past Board Member||2012 - 2013|
|White Oak Business and Professional Association||Programming Committee, Chairman||2012 - 2012|
|Allegheny College||Political Science||BA - Bachelor of Arts||N/A|
|Thomas M. Cooley Law School||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||N/A|
|Young Adults and the Law||The legal implications of turning 18 in Pennsylvania||2014|