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Employment Law - Individual and Class Representation


Ryan A. Hancock

Ryan Allen Hancock is of counsel and chair of the Employment Law Department of Willig, Williams & Davidson.

An experienced employment law attorney, Ryan is a passionate advocate for working people who have suffered discrimination in the workplace. He counsels and represents clients in matters relating to sexual harassment, discrimination, retaliation and whistleblower actions, wrongful termination, employee benefits, overtime and wage and hour concerns, and employment agreements, including contract negotiation, non-compete agreements, and severance.

Before joining Willig, Williams & Davidson, Ryan was assistant chief counsel of the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission, the Commonwealth’s civil rights enforcement agency. As assistant chief counsel, Ryan successfully litigated a wide range of discrimination matters including claims based upon sexual orientation, religious accommodation, disability, race, sex, and denial of employment based on a criminal record.

Ryan co-founded and is board chair of the Philadelphia Lawyers for Social Equity and its Criminal Record Expungement Project. He also is a member of the Young Professional Advisory Board for the Bethesda Project, which provides shelter, housing, and other support to chronically homeless men and women.
Ryan received his law degree from Rutgers School of Law in 2003 and clerked in Camden County Superior Court, Criminal Division for the Honorable David G. Eynon.


  • Rutgers School of Law-Camden, Camden, New Jersey, J.D., May 2003
  • University of the Arts, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, B.F.A., May 1999


  • Willig, Williams & Davidson, Of Counsel, 2014-Present
  • Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission, Assistant Chief Counsel, 2005-2014
  • Camden County Superior Court, Criminal Division, Law Clerk for David G. Eynon, 2003-2004

Court Admissions

  • Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, 2004
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 2008
  • New York State Bar, 2015

Professional Affiliations

  • Philadelphia Lawyers for Social Equity, Co-Founder and Board Chair, 2010-Present
  • Bethesda Project’s Young Professional Advisory Board, Member, 2013-Present
  • MENTOR, First Judicial District of PA, Steering Committee, 2013-Present
  • National Employment Lawyers Association
  • Philadelphia Bar Association


  • The Double Bind: Obstacles to Employment and Resources for Survivors of the Criminal Justice System, University of Pennsylvania Journal of Law and Social Change, Vol. 15, 2012. (April 1, 2012) Available for download at SSRN.
  • Expungements: The Silver Lining of the Crimes Code, Pennsylvania Bar Institute No. 2013 -7349 Vol. 2.(Co-Authored)

Speaking Engagements

  • "LGBT work Policies, Legal Protections, and the Recent Same Sex Marriage Rulings," Pennsylvania Association of Boroughs Conference, Harrisburg, PA, with Louise F. Pongracz, August 2015
  • "Social Practice in Art and Law: Applied Storytelling," Legal Writing Institute Conference at Seattle Univeristy School of Law, July 21, 2015
  • University of Pennsylvania Law School - "Invisible Punishment: Criminal Convictions and Employment Discrimination," 2014
  • Pennsylvania Bar Institute - Tri-State Human Relations Coalition Conference - “Working Towards Welcome - New Thinking in Our Communities,” 2014
  • Philadelphia Trans-Health Conference – “Making a Federal (or State) Case Out of It: Using Civil Rights Complaints Processes,” 2014
  • Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network Statewide Conference – “How Legal Aid Advocates Can Work Best with State and Federal Agencies,” 2014
  • Pennsylvania Bar Institute – “The Most Frequently Encountered Landlord Tenant Issues,” 2014
  • Pennsylvania Bar Institute – “30th Annual Criminal Law Symposium, Expungements: The Silver Lining of the Crimes Code,” 2013
  • Pennsylvania Bar Institute – “How to Litigate a School Bullying Case,” 2013
  • Safe Schools Conference – “When Bullying Violates Civil and/or Criminal Laws,” 2013
  • Penn Program on Documentaries & Law, “Boxed Out: Criminal Records & The “Ban the Box” Movement in Philadelphia,” 2012
  • Pennsylvania Bar Institute – “Representing Residential Landlords & Tenants,” 2012 (2 presentations)
  • Prison Health Care & Reentry Summit – “Criminal Records, Segregation, and Reintegration,” 2012
  • National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA-EPA) – “Criminal Records and the PHRA,” 2011
  • University of Pennsylvania Law School – “Utilizing State Law When Federal Protections Fail: A Discussion of Litigation Strategy in the Context of Disability Rights,” 2011
  • National Employment Law Project (NELP) Conference – Taking on the Challenge Facing Workers with Criminal Records – “Crafting Strong Employer Policies and Remedies,” 2011
  • EEOC Philadelphia Regional Office – Internal Office of Research Information and Planning (ORIP) – “Disparate Impact Discrimination Implications of a Denial of Employment Based on a Criminal Record and the PHRA,” 2010


  • Pennsylvania Super Lawyers, 2017
  • Philadelphia's 3rd Senatorial District Community Service Award, 2017
  • "Pro-Bono Partner of the Month," Public Interest Law Center, August 2015

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