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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

Education

-J.D., University of Pittsburgh

-B.A., Allegheny College

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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Affiliations

-American Bar

-Pennsylvania Bar

-Allegheny County Bar

Admissions

-Supreme Court of PA

 
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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.

 

Alexander Stephenson

Law Clerk

Education

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

- B.A., Duquesne University

Alexander Stephenson is driven by his passions for law and public service. He joins us as a student at Duquesne University School of Law and representative to the Pennsylvania Bar Association. Alexander has dedicated his career to fighting for what is right in a breadth of case work, with an evident knack for civil litigation. Outside of Very Law, he enjoys tutoring Pittsburgh’s youth and connecting with his community. Alexander is the type of hard-working and energetic individual that you want in your corner.

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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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