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Our background, experience, and professional and community involvement has earned McKinley & Ryan its strong reputation. We have taken leadership roles in the legal community and have been actively involved as officers and leaders in local and state wide charitable organizations.
Lorrie McKinley

Lorrie McKinley is a 1984 graduate of Temple University School of Law. She received a B.S. from Penn State University in 1979. Lorrie was admitted to the bar in 1984 and is admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court.

Lorrie has spent the majority of her career litigating civil rights cases, with special emphasis on disability, employment and education law. Prior to entering private practice in 1997, Lorrie served as Project Head for the Employment Law Project at Community Legal Services, Inc. in Philadelphia. In 1997 she argued before the U.S. Supreme Court in a case involving constitutional due process issues for people receiving medical benefits pursuant to the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act. Her work in that case is highlighted in an exhibit in the Supreme Court Section of the United States Constitution Center in Philadelphia.

Lorrie spent five years on the clinical faculty of the University of Pennsylvania Law School where she supervised students in the Penn Legal Assistance Office. She also served as a Lecturer-in-Law at the Villanova University Law School where she taught a course in Pre-Trial Practice.

Lorrie has earned awards for her advocacy and has held leadership roles in the local bar and legal community. Lorrie is coordinator of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania’s Plaintiffs’ Employment Panel and is a consultant and lecturer for the Panel’s educational programs. She also served on the Board of the Public Interest Civil Litigation Fund. From 1993 through 2003, Lorrie was a member of the Executive Committee of the Public Interest Section of the Philadelphia Bar Association. In 1998 she served as Chair of the Section, and represented the Section on the Bar Association’s Board of Governors in 1996 and 1999. In 1997, 1998, and 2002 Lorrie served as the Chair of the Section’s Committee on the Legal Rights of Persons with Disabilities, and as co-chair in 2003.

Lorrie received the Justice William J. Brennan, Jr. Award from the Philadelphia Bar Association and the Philadelphia Volunteers for the Indigent Program in 1991. In 1998 she received the Legal Leadership Award from the Philadelphia Area Project on Occupational Safety and Health (PhilaPOSH). In 2005, Lorrie was elected as a Fellow in the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, Inc. is a professional association honoring the leading lawyers nationwide in the practice of labor and employment law. Membership is by invitation, selected on the basis of outstanding achievement in the profession. Lorrie was recently selected by her peers as one of the “Best Lawyers in America.” The Best Lawyers list is compiled through a peer-review survey in which thousands of the top lawyers in the United States evaluate their professional peers.

Nancy Ryan

Nancy Ryan graduated from Temple University School of Law in 1987. She received a Masters Degree in Education from the College of William and Mary in 1981 and a B.S. with a Major in Education and a Minor in Special Education from the University of Dayton in 1979. Nancy was admitted to the bar in 1987 and is admitted to practice in the United States District Court for the Eastern and Middle Districts of Pennsylvania, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

Nancy’s interest in special education law grew out of her lifelong experiences working with children with learning needs. Nancy graduated from college with special education certification and spent several years teaching students with learning disabilities and emotional support needs at a Pennsylvania approved private school. After law school, she worked as an associate in several Philadelphia law firms specializing in civil litigation, where she handled a variety of civil litigation matters in state and federal court, including complex products liability matters and antitrust litigation. Nancy worked part-time for the Disabilities Law Project in 1991 and 1992 where she furthered her interest in advocacy for persons with disabilities. In 1993, she was named one of Philadelphia Business Magazine’s “One Hundred People to Watch”. In 1995 she formed her own practice emphasizing special education for children and human resources consultation to non-profit organizations including child welfare agencies and mental health service providers.

Nancy has a long history of volunteer public service. She served two terms as a Board Member of the Mental Health Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania, from 1994 to 1999, and served as President of the Board from 1997 through 1999. She served two terms as a Board Member of Pennsylvania Protection and Advocacy, Inc. in Harrisburg, now Disability Rights Network of Pennsylvania, from 1992 to 1998. She has been actively involved with the Philadelphia Bar Association, including its Public Interest section, and served as Chair of the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Person’s With Disabilities Committee in 1993 and Co-chair in 1994 and 1995.
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