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Employment Law - Individual and Class Representation


Ryan A. Hancock

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Ryan Allen Hancock is of counsel at Willig, Williams & Davidson and Chair of the firm's Employment Law Group.   Prior to joining Willig, Williams & Davidson, he was Assistant Chief Counsel with the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission, the Commonwealth's civil rights enforcement agency.   As Assistant Chief Counsel, Mr. Hancock successfully litigated a wide range of discrimination matters including but not limited to claims of: sexual orientation, religious accommodation, disability race, sex, and denial of employment based on a criminal record.   He is the principal author of the Commission's proposed policy entitled Disparate Impact Discrimination Implications Related to a Denial of Employment Based on a Criminal Record.  Mr. Hancock received his law degree from Rutgers School of Law in 2003 and subsequently clerked in Camden County Superior Court, Criminal Division for the Honorable David G. Eynon.   He co-founded and is currently Board Chair for the Philadelphia Lawyers for Social Equity (PLSE) and its Criminal Record Expungement Project (C-REP).

Mr. Hancock is the author of The Double Bind:  Obstacles to Employment and Resources for Survivors of the Criminal Justice System, 15 U. Pa. J.L. & Soc. Change 515 2011-2012 and has served on the board of Penn Law’s Journal of Law & Social Change. He also served as the supervising attorney for Penn Law’s International Human Rights Advocates (IHRA), was a member of the Bethesda Project’s Young Professional Advisory Board, and co-convened the Drexel Summer Theory Institute at the Earle Mack School of Law from 2011-2013. Mr. Hancock has also been a Part-time Lecturer on Trial Advocacy at Rutgers School of Law from 2016 to the present.


  • 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
  • The United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, 2017

Professional Affiliations

  • Philadelphia Lawyers for Social Equity, Co-Founder and Board Chair, 2010-Present
  • Part Time Lecturer, Rutgers School of Law, Camden, NJ - Instructed Students on Trial Advocacy Techniques, 8-2016-Present
  • Bethesda Project’s Young Professional Advisory Board, Member, 2013-2015
  • 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

  • Pennsylvania Bar Institute - "Litigating the Employment Discrimination Case," 2017
  • Prisoner Reentry: Returning "Homes" after Prison - A Lawyer's Impact, Drinker Biddle, March 2, 2017
  • "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 University 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


  • Best Lawyers in America, 2018-present
  • Pennsylvania Super Lawyers, 2017-Present
  • 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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