Thomas C Ryan


K&L Gates Center, 210 Sixth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15222-2613

United States of America

Thomas Ryan is a trial lawyer who represents clients under scrutiny for allegations of misconduct that cover the gamut of enforcement actions brought by state, federal, and international agencies. As a former federal prosecutor focused on complex white collar criminal cases, Mr. Ryan brings the courtroom perspective to the defense of every single enforcement action from the outset. Mr. Ryan is also routinely entrusted with clients’ most sensitive issues to conduct internal investigations, often involving whistleblowers or C-Suite implications. Most recently, Mr. Ryan was recognized in Legal 500 for his work in this area relating to conducting cross-border investigations and defense of government enforcement actions.

Mr. Ryan complements his criminal practice with a complex commercial litigation practice, focused primarily on the energy and health care industries. In the energy space, he routinely represents upstream and midstream members of the unconventional gas industry active in the Marcellus and Utica Shale formations lying under Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia.

In the health care sector, Mr. Ryan is also an active member of the firm’s Health Care Fraud Task Force, a cross-practice collaboration between the firm’s internationally recognized health care and investigations, enforcement and white collar practice groups. As part of that group, Mr. Ryan actively defends a broad spectrum of health care providers in various forms of qui tam actions, involving allegations of violations of the False Claims Act, the Anti-Kickback Statute, and Stark Law.

In addition to representing clients, Mr. Ryan also serves as an assistant general counsel to the firm, where, among other things, he serves on the firm’s ISO27001-certified Information Security Management Systems Committee, which coordinates the firm’s ongoing commitment to the highest global standards of data privacy, management, and security.


  • B.A., West Virginia University (1999)
    (magna cum laude, Mr. Mountaineer Award Recipient — Most Outstanding Senior, Student Representative to University System Board of Trustees)
  • J.D., West Virginia University College of Law (2004)
    (Order of the Coif, Law Review, federal judicial extern to the late Charles H. Haden II, Chief Judge, Southern District of West Virginia)
  • M.B.A., West Virginia University (2004)
    (Capstone Challenge Champion)


Bar of Pennsylvania, Bar of West Virginia
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