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Ryan D. Very, Esq.

Proprietor

Like his grandfather who predeceased his birth, Ryan Very is a zealous trial attorney who asserts rights and promotes justice. A fourth-generation Pittsburgher, Mr. Very has represented hundreds of businesses and consumers in a wide-variety of civil litigation and criminal defense matters. He attended a top-twenty law school. Upon graduation he was awarded a fellowship at the American Civil Liberties Union, one of the most sophisticated legal organizations in American history. He worked at the Pennsylvania chapter, which legalized same-sex marriage state-wide. A proficient litigator, he has negotiated hundreds of thousands of dollars in civil settlements, and plea bargained for the withdrawal of multiple felony charges at the first stage of a criminal proceeding. His client-obsessed, results-driven practice provides cost-effective strategies that maximize results and avoid preventable obstacles.

Awards

-Super Lawyers Rising Star

-ACLU Law Fellow

Appointments

-Chair, County Referral Committee

-Member, Disciplinary Board Hearing Committee

-Member, ACLU Legal Committee

Affiliations

-American Bar

-Pennsylvania Bar

-Allegheny County Bar

Admissions

-U.S. Supreme Court

-U.S. Tax Court

-U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

-U.S. District Court for the Western District of PA

-Supreme Court of PA

Education

-J.D., Boston University

-M.A., Boston University

-B.A., University of Pittsburgh, summa cum laude

 

Anthony J. Werner, Esq.

Associate

Affiliations

-American Bar

-Pennsylvania Bar

-Allegheny County Bar

Education

-J.D., University of Pittsburgh

-B.A., Allegheny College

Admissions

- U.S. District Court for the

Western District of PA

-Supreme Court of PA

Attorney Anthony Werner is a diligent litigator dedicated to achieving justice on behalf of his clients. He joins our firm from a private practice criminal defense firm, where he provided persistent and tireless representation in a wide range of criminal cases in Pennsylvania courts. Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Anthony has dedicated his legal career to representing his Pittsburgh neighbors. His fervent commitment to his clients and his passion for justice make him an attorney you want on your side.

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Leah M. Wilson, Esq.

Associate

Leah M. Wilson joins Very Law from one of the world's largest financial institutions where she fought against money laundering and fraud. She has substantial experience working with large corporations on legal issues such as compliance, class actions, and mergers and acquisitions in Germany. A valuable asset to our team, she takes a people-matter-most approach to the practice of law, passionately defending the rights of individuals and businesses. A down-to-earth, pragmatic litigator, Ms. Wilson can disagree without being disagreeable, and fights every battle to the finish.

Affiliations

-American Bar

-Pennsylvania Bar

-Allegheny County Bar

Education

-J.D., Duquesne University

-B.A., Westminster College

Admissions

-U.S. Court of Appeals for the

Third Circuit

-U.S. District Court for the

Western District of PA

-Supreme Court of PA

 

River S. Icenhour

Law Clerk

Education

-Duquesne University J.D. Candidate, Expected May 2023

-B.A., Washington & Jefferson College

River Shiloh Icenhour’s thoroughness and advocacy align perfectly with our core values. A student at the Duquesne University School of Law, he serves as a representative to the Pennsylvania Bar Association and as the Secretary of the Corporate Law Society. Committed to serving his community, River provides clinical support to businesses and organizations in Pittsburgh’s underserved communities as a member of the Urban Development Practicum. River handles a range of cases at our firm, with particular expertise in property and contract law.

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Tanner M. Harris

Law Clerk

Education

-University of Pittsburgh J.D. Candidate, Expected May 2023

- B.A., Southern Oregon University

Tanner M. Harris assists our firm with legal research, writing, and analysis with close attention to detail. A student at the top-tier University of Pittsburgh School of Law, Mr. Harris was drawn to Very Law by our diverse practice areas and our desire to help people. Prior to joining our firm, Mr. Harris served as a Judicial Intern to the Honorable Beth A. Lazzara in the Allegheny County Criminal Division, and participated in the Pitt Law Drug Court Program, where he suggested changes to the County.

 

Niki L. Erdner

Administrator

Education

-M.A., Duquesne University

-B.A., Gettysburg College

Niki Erdner is an enthusiastic helper-of-people. Equipped with a Master's degree from Duquesne University, she comes to Very Law with eleven plus years of customer service experience, and her own yoga business. As approachable as she is organized, she enriches the lives of our clients, and manages the firm's day-to-day operations with unparalleled attention-to-detail.

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