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.