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Ready.  That’s the word that defines Ryan James, the founder of James Law, LLC.  Less than a year out of law school, Ryan founded James Law from the spare room of his home located in McKeesport, Pennsylvania because he was eager to make a difference and to help others.


Focused and determined to pursue practical and meaningful results for as many people as he could, the scope of Ryan’s earlier engagements were far reaching, landing him in any court available to pursue justice on behalf of his clients.  Ryan criss-crossed Pennsylvania and handled a variety of matters early on, opposing parties like municipalities and public utilities, universities and dioceses, and large and small businesses, be it contractors, insurance companies, or real-estate agencies to name a few.


It did not take long for Ryan to be recognized for his work.  Local newspapers, twice, named Ryan as the Readers’ Choice “Best Attorney.”  Since, Ryan has persisted diligently on behalf of his clients, often obtaining successful outcomes such as in the following representative matters:


  • Judgment of Acquittal.  After two years of litigation and one previous dismissal, client was acquitted in felony theft and conspiracy case, which involved 2,000-plus pages of documentary evidence. (Allegheny County)


  • Suppression of Evidence.  After suppression hearing, Court held that client’s car was illegally searched by Pennsylvania State Police trooper and accordingly suppressed discovered contraband, which could have justified lengthy prison sentence. (Somerset County) 


  • Ineffective Assistance of Counsel. After a PCRA hearing, Court vacated client’s prior sentence that had made client a “Person Not to Possess a Firearm,” and granted a new trial on the grounds that client’s prior attorney rendered ineffective assistance of counsel.  Result of new trial was such that client’s constitutional right to bear arms was restored. (Allegheny County)


* Ryan frequently serves as court-appointed, post-conviction counsel.  He has served as post-conviction counsel for well over 60 Post-Conviction Relief Act (PCRA) petitioners, many of whom are serving life sentences.


  • Dismissal for Lack of Personal Jurisdiction.  Allegheny County Senior Judge R. Stanton Wettick, Jr., sustained preliminary objections for lack of personal jurisdiction, which had the effect of dismissing a contract suit (seeking treble damages) against an out-of-state home-appliance manufacturer.


  • Grant of Partial Summary Judgment.  Court entered partial judgment on behalf of client who sued municipality for overcharging municipal fees.




Truly, Ryan’s passion for people drives his commitment to excellence.  It is that passion, too, that has also committed Ryan to give his time as a volunteer attorney with the Neighborhood Legal Services Association and the federal district court; to serve as an arbitrator in the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas; and to serve as his community’s former solicitor. 


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Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 70%
  2. Real Estate: 10%
  3. Contracts: 10%
  4. Appeals: 10%



Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (sometimes), Free consultation (30 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

17 total 

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  • Nicole M Hauptman

    I endorse this lawyer.


    Nicole Hauptman Real estate Attorney
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  • Adam Michael Bishop

    Ryan is a terrific attorney with a stellar reputation in Allegheny County. A rising star in the Pittsburgh legal community.


    Adam Bishop Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

James Law, LLC

1514 Lincoln Way
Suite 301-302
White Oak, PA, 15131


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Readers' Choice: Best Attorney-Silver Award RecipientTrib Total Media2015
Readers' Choice: Best Attorney-Gold Award RecipientThe Daily News2014
Pittsburgh's 50 FinestWhirl Magazine/CFF (Western Pa)2013
President's Achievement AwardThomas M. Cooley Law School2011
Distinguished Student AwardCooley Alumni Association2011
John D. Voelker AwardThomas M. Cooley Law Review2011
Fitzgerald AwardCooley Student Bar Association2011
Earl Dayton AwardCooley Grade Appeals Board2011
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
SolicitorBorough of White Oak2014 - 2014
AttorneyLaw Offices of Patricia L. McGrail, LLC2011 - 2012
Intern to Justice Diane M. HathawayMichigan Supreme Court2011 - 2011
Law ClerkRyan, Podein & Postema, PC2010 - 2010
Student AttorneyThe Washtenaw County Public Defender's Office2010 - 2010
Intern to Michael HausfeldCohen, Milstein, Hausfeld & Toll, PLLC2005 - 2005
Association namePosition nameDuration
Allegheny County Bar Association, Sole and Small Firm Practitioners SectionVice Chair2016 - Present
ACBA: Planning Ahead CommitteeMember2014 - Present
ACBA: Membership CommitteeMember2014 - Present
Allegheny County Bar AssociationN/A2012 - Present
Allegheny County Bar Association, Sole and Small Firm Practitioners SectionSecretary/Treasurer2015 - 2016
Allegheny County Bar Association, Sole and Small Firm Practitioners Section3-Year Council2013 - 2015
Pennsylvania Bar AssociationN/A2012 - 2013
Pittsburgh Young ProfessionalsPast Board Member2012 - 2013
White Oak Business and Professional AssociationProgramming Committee, Chairman2012 - 2012
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Comm. v. S. M.Not Guilty
Comm. v. T.M.Evidence suppressed; case dismissed
Comm. v J.C.Not Guilty
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Publication nameTitleDate
At Issue (PA Bar)Are Young Attorneys Specialists When It Comes to LinkedIn?2012
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Allegheny CollegePolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of ArtsN/A
Thomas M. Cooley Law SchoolLawJD - Juris DoctorN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Retirement Planning for AttorneysWinding Down Your Solo Practice2016
Young Adults and the LawThe legal implications of turning 18 in Pennsylvania2014