Hardin Thompson PC
Ryan W. French

Practice Areas

  • Employment
  • Bad Faith Insurance


Ryan graduated cum laude from Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego, California in 2014. During law school, he participated in the school's Art and Entertainment Law Clinic providing low income artists and entertainers with pro bono legal services. In between his first and second year of law school, Ryan worked in New York City as a contract intern for a Broadway management company that arranged the national tours of major theatrical productions like Stomp, Chicago, and the Blue Man Group. While in his final year of law school, Ryan worked as a law clerk in the production department of an animation studio that produced programs for Adult Swim, Nickelodeon, the Disney Channel, and, later, Netflix.

Ryan is admitted to the bar in New York and Pennsylvania. He began his career performing large scale electronically-stored information (ESI) review for an international law firm on matters involving Affordable Care Act state enrollment website construction and real estate development contract disputes. Over the years, Ryan transitioned his practice to dealing with business tort, trade secret, and information theft cases along with general liability and insurance defense cases.

Ryan has experience defending employers in hostile work environment and discrimination actions, defending insurance companies in bad faith matters, crafting coverage opinions, and prosecuting declaratory judgment actions on behalf of insurance carriers. He has also worked in the areas of product liability and mass/toxic tort defense.

While a general practitioner early in his career, Ryan had the opportunity to argue several cases before the appellate courts of Pennsylvania relating to the statute of limitations for filing a mechanics' lien, an allegedly arbitrary condemnation of property by a municipal authority for the purposes of building a sewage treatment facility, and whether the actions of the Clarion County Domestic Relations Section of the Court of Common Pleas was engaged in handing out illegal suspended sentences for failure to pay child support - a matter that was granted review by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court where Ryan garnered support for his position from the dissenting Justice.

He currently resides in Pittsburgh's Polish Hill neighborhood with his dog and two cats.