Ryan Allen Hancock is a fierce advocate for the rights of individuals in employment law matters. He has successfully litigated a broad range of discrimination matters including claims involving sexual orientation, religious accommodation, disability, race, sex and denial of employment based on a criminal record.
He also represents clients in wage and hour and whistleblower matters and in contract disputes and formation and internal investigations. Ryan has served as co-lead counsel in several class action lawsuits and has appeared before a variety of federal district and appellate courts on behalf of plaintiffs.
Ryan chairs the firm’s Employment Law Group. Before joining Willig, Williams & Davidson, he was Assistant Chief Counsel with the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission, the Commonwealth's civil rights enforcement agency. 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.
After law school, Ryan 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).
WHAT INSPIRES ME ABOUT MY WORK
“I am inspired every day by my clients’ tenacity despite coming to me in times of crisis. It’s a privilege and honor to gain their trust and fight alongside them to rebuild their lives.”
AWAY FROM WORK
“I don’t have any down time! As a co-founder and chair of Philadelphia Lawyers for Social Equity, I stand with others to work toward just outcomes for low-income individuals who have had contact with the Pennsylvania criminal justice system. When I was at the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission, I saw how many people were being denied access because of their record. Everything we do is on behalf of someone who’s been harmed. We are the voice of the voiceless and the powerless.”