Ryan is a lifelong resident of Western Pennsylvania. He learned work ethic, determination, compassion and desire to serve others from the people he grew up with in the Mon Valley. Ryan was born in Clairton and later moved across the Monongahela River where he was raised in Elizabeth. He is oldest child of Gary Hemminger, an Army veteran who worked for a glass manufacturing company, and Roberta “Birdie” Hemminger, a nurse.
After graduating from Elizabeth Forward High School, Ryan attended Bethany College where he met his wife, Leah, and earned two degrees. During his junior year at Bethany, Ryan had the opportunity to study for a semester at American University in Washington D.C., where he studied Government and interned for a member of Congress. His semester in Washington and observation of the operations of government and the potential for abuse of power if it is unchecked, sparked Ryan’s interest in the law.
A Career Focused on Justice
Following graduation from Bethany, Ryan worked for esteemed Pittsburgh Attorney Ira Weiss and attended Law School at Duquesne University, where he excelled. At Duquesne, Ryan developed a passion for Constitutional Law and served as a research assistant for renowned Constitutional scholar and now University President, Ken Gormley.
After Law School, Ryan worked for two prominent Pennsylvania appellate jurists. Ryan first worked as a Special Clerk for Pennsylvania Supreme Court Chief Justice, Ralph J. Cappy. He followed that assignment by serving as a Law Clerk for Superior Court Judge Maureen Lally-Green. After three years working for Pennsylvania’s highest Appeals Courts, Ryan went into private practice. He is now a partner at the Pittsburgh law firm Leech Tishman Fuscaldo & Lampl, where he has practiced law for the past 13 years.
Ryan has earned a reputation for being a dynamic litigator, who fights for what is right. In addition to his successful commercial and construction litigation practice, Ryan has demonstrated a passion for issues of justice and equality. He has represented clients in numerous cases fighting retaliation and unfairness. In one of his most memorable cases, Ryan represented the former Veterans Administration physician who discovered the source of the Legionnaire’s Disease that killed many veterans. The lawsuit sought justice for the world-renowned doctor following his termination from the Veterans Administration in retaliation for exercising his First Amendment rights by bringing public attention to issues impacting the healthcare of veterans. Ryan, the grandson of the former Chief of Police of Pleasant Hills, has also represented police officers who have suffered discrimination or retaliation for exercising their constitutional and statutory rights.
Devotion to Service
Ryan has sought out opportunities to serve and has not hesitated to take on challenges as a community leader in the Mon Valley. While assisting organizations that benefit children and working families, Ryan has served as an executive member of the Elizabeth Forward School District Board of School Directors. Ryan has been twice elected to the School Board and has served the past four years as Board Vice President. During his time on the Board, Ryan has always focused on children’s needs and educational priorities while the District has simultaneously cut financial waste and invested in technology initiatives. These initiatives readied Elizabeth Forward for the unprecedented circumstances caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Elizabeth Forward has received numerous accolades from organizations across the Country during Ryan’s tenure on the School Board.
Ryan also serves on the Elizabeth Township Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee to help develop policies and initiatives that will serve the greater good of his community. He volunteers his time to serve youth organizations and coaches various sports, including soccer, baseball, softball and basketball.
Ryan is involved in numerous charitable endeavors and is an active supporter for many causes. He has supported, donated and volunteered for organizations such as Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Pittsburgh, Feeding America, Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, Mother’s Hope Foundation, Saint Jude, and the local Meals on Wheels program.
More about Ryan
Ryan and Leah have been married 18 years and have three beautiful children. As a family, the Hemmingers enjoy various activities together, such as biking, the occasional movie or game night, and playing with their two dogs, Bailey and Duke. Ryan and Leah also participate in a community recreational co-ed softball league.
Ryan’s political inspiration is Abraham Lincoln, who served with compassion, honesty and tireless devotion to the cause of liberty and the principles of the Declaration of Independence. Ryan’s personal hero is his grandfather, Orville K. Hemminger, who was a World War II veteran, postman, volunteer fireman, and known to all in his acquaintance as an honest, hardworking, and humble man. Ryan learned much as a child from his grandfather while listening to his life lessons and anecdotes while sitting on the porch swing at his home in Jefferson Hills.
Consistent with a life dedicated to public service, Ryan O. Hemminger will be a fair, hard-working and impartial jurist on the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas.
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Ryan O. Hemminger
Candidate for Judge
Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas