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Ryan serves as co-chair of the firm's Global Energy & Natural Resources Industry Group.  Within his practice, he represents oil and gas companies, private equity and hedge funds and other financial institutions in mergers and acquisitions, project finance and development, and other transactions related to the energy industry. A recognized practitioner in Texas and Pennsylvania, as well as across the United States, Ryan also frequently lectures on topics related to oil and gas, and has served as an adjunct professor teaching Energy Law at Duquesne University’s School of Law.


  • University of Pittsburgh School of Law, 2004, J.D., Member, Journal of Law and Commerce
  • University of Pittsburgh Katz School of Business, 2004, M.B.A., Finance
  • Pennsylvania State University, 2001, B.S., Dean's List

  • Ohio
  • Pennsylvania
  • Texas
  • West Virginia

  • U.S. District Court - Western District of Pennsylvania

  • Member, Marcellus Shale Coalition
  • Trustee, Energy & Mineral Law Foundation Board of Trustees
  • Advisory Board Member, Institute for Energy (Plano, Texas)
  • Member, Ohio Oil & Gas Association


  • Selected through peer review for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© for Energy Law, Mergers and Acquisitions Law, Oil and Gas Law, 2024
  • Ranked in Chambers USA for Pennsylvania: Pittsburgh & Surrounds Corporate/M&A & Private Equity (Band 1 in 2022), 2019-2023, and for Pennsylvania Energy & Natural Resources, 2022-2023
  • Selected by Super Lawyers as a "Pennsylvania Rising Star," in Energy and Natural Resources (2014-2018)
  • Selected to Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list for Energy and Natural Resources (2019-2022)
  • Selected for inclusion as a "Leading Lawyer" for Energy Litigation: Oil And Gas, Energy Transactions: Oil And Gas, Pennsylvania, Legal 500 US (2017-2021)
  • Named to "Who's Who in Energy," Pittsburgh Business Times (2013-2018)
  • Named an Energy and Environmental "Trailblazer" for Oil and Gas Transactions by The National Law Journal (2017)
  • Selected as an “Emerging Leader” by M&A Advisor (2016)
  • Ranked as 'Next Generation Partner' in The Legal 500 USA for Energy: Energy Transactions: Oil And Gas (2017-2023)