Ryan E. Hamilton is the principal attorney at Hamilton Law, LLC. His practice focuses on providing affordable client-centered counseling and legal services for individuals, nonprofits, and small businesses. 

Ryan has practiced environmental and energy law in his home state of Pennsylvania since 2014. Ryan earned his law degree with a certificate in environmental and natural resources law at Lewis and Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon. He obtained his B.A. in Philosophy from Juniata College in Huntingdon, Pennsylvania. 

To begin his legal career, Ryan joined Fair Shake Environmental Legal Services as a resident attorney in Pittsburgh. At Fair Shake, he represented individuals and nonprofits in federal, state, and local litigation. He also provided client-centered counseling in negotiations, transactions, and policy development. 

In June 2017, Ryan was named in the Incline's: Who's Next: Law, as one of 12 Pittsburghers shaping the legal community. Ryan is a member of the Allegheny County Bar Association Environment and Energy Law Section and he volunteers as Treasurer of the Solar Unified Network of Western Pennsylvania

Ryan is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania and the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania. 

Community Education

    It can be a challenge to face any legal issue. Ryan provides community education presentations several times per year so you can be prepared. See below for information about past presentations or contact Ryan to discuss a presentation in your community. 

How to Use Public Hearings to Beat Oil & Gas, Webinar presented with Gillian Graber, Executive Director of Protect PT and Ashley Funk, Community Organizer with Mountain Watershed Association, hosted by Halt the Harm Network and Protect Our Children Coalition, May 9, 2018.

Fracking in the Fox Chapel Area: What to Expect, presented with Patricia DeMarco Ph.D., James Fabisiak Ph.D., John Stoltz, Ph.D., Ned Ketyer, MD, and Lois Bower-Bjornson, hosted by Fox Chapel Area Fracking Safety Awareness at Indiana Township Town Hall, Pennsylvania, February 27, 2018.

Guide to Oil and Gas Development for Citizens and Landowners, hosted by Communities First Sewickley in Bell Acres Borough, Pennsylvania, January 10, 2018.

Your Right to Clean Water, Soil, and Air, presented with Rose Monahan, Esq. and Emma Hempstead, Esq. hosted by Fair Shake Environmental Legal Services in Greensburg, Pennsylvania, November 30, 2017.

Legal Issues: Local Government and the Oil and Gas Industry, hosted by Citizens to Protect Oakmont and Food and Water Watch, presented with Doug Shields in Oakmont, Pennsylvania, October 10, 2017.

Basics of Oil and Gas Leases for Landowners, hosted by Center for Coalfield Justice at the Daisytown Community Center, Washington County, Pennsylvania, September 19, 2017.

Imagine a Legal Services Incubator or Residency Program in Your Community, American Bar Association, Equal Justice Conference Panel, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, May 5, 2017.

Startups and Sustainability: An Entrepreneurs Perspective, Carnegie Mellon University, Cohon University Center, Sustainability Weekend Panel, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, April 8, 2017.

Citizen Engagement in Oil and Gas Development, presented with Patrick Auth, Esq. and Rose Monahan, Esq., hosted by Save Our Salem in Salem Township, Pennsylvania, November 14, 2016.

Mushrooms and the Law: Legal Aspects of Mushroom Picking in Pennsylvania, Western Pennsylvania Mushroom Club Guest Speaker for Meeting at Beechwood Farms Nature Reserve, August 16, 2016.

The State of Renewable Energy Panel, University of Pittsburgh School of Law 2016 Energy Law and Policy Institute, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, April 15, 2016.

Practicing Local Environmental and Sustainability Law, University of Pittsburgh School of Law, Michael Lewyn’s Spring 2016 Environmental Law Class, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, April 04, 2016.

Citizen Engagement: What You Need to Know about the Oil and Gas Permitting Process, presented with Oday Salim, Esq., hosted by Marcellus Outreach Butler in Butler Pennsylvania, February 27, 2016.

Legal Tools for the Sharing Economy, Environmental Community Fair hosted by Fair Shake Environmental Legal Services, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, December 10, 2015.

Renewable Energy for Pennsylvania Farms, Statewide Webinar hosted by the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture, December 1, 2015.