Today, Ryan James, a criminal trial and appellate lawyer from Allegheny County, announced his candidacy for the State Superior Court in the Democratic primary.
He started his own law firm, James Law, LLC, while he was working early morning shifts at a home-improvement retailer earlier this decade and still leads them to this day.
“Every day I’m doing the work that most frequently comes before the Superior Court and makes up a majority of its busy docket,” James said in his announcement release. “I’m not a politician, I’m just a lawyer who’s familiar and interested with the court’s work and appreciates how the cases it decides have far-reaching effects on the lives of all Pennsylvanians, not just the people appearing before it.”
This is his first time seeking office and states that pursuing this position isn’t a “political stepping stone.”
“Pursuing this office isn’t just a political stepping stone for me, rather it’s my way to contribute on a larger scale to tackling the interesting and challenging legal issues that impact the lives of others,” he said.
James, 34, also boasted about different accolades in his announcement release, including being honored as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyers Rising Star, National Trial Lawyers Top 40 Under 40 criminal trial lawyer in Pennsylvania among other awards.
James becomes the second Democrat to join the field after Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Dan McCaffery, brother of former state Supreme Court Justice Seamus McCaffery, announced his intentions for the office.
One term on the Pennsylvania Superior Court is 10 years.