Ryan K Hart

Ryan K. Hart

Ryan K. Hart represents companies and individuals facing high-risk criminal and civil litigation. Ryan focuses his practice on litigation pertaining to white-collar criminal defense, government and internal investigations, and domestic and international commercial disputes.  

Before joining Dickinson Wright, Ryan worked as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Western District of Pennsylvania and as an Assistant State’s Attorney in the Major Investigations Unit of the Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office. During his time as a prosecutor, Ryan exhibited his skills as a formidable trial attorney winning more than 45 trials. He supervised intricate multi-defendant cases and investigations that implicated significant financial transactions, criminal syndicates, and multiple jurisdictions. While in Major Investigations, Ryan led the Baltimore City Police Department Northern District’s Violent Repeat Offender Initiative targeting the Northern District’s “most wanted.” Prior to joining the State’s Attorney’s Office, Ryan served as the judicial law clerk to the Honorable Timothy J. McCrone of the Howard County Circuit Court in Maryland.

Clients turn to Ryan because they value working with a seasoned litigator who gets successful results. As a former federal and state prosecutor, Ryan understands the subtleties required to effectively handle complex investigations, high-stakes negotiations, and complicated trials. Ryan’s efficient and aggressive approach, combined with his creative tactics, enable him to quickly solve clients’ problems in a cost-effective manner.

Education & Credentials


Middlebury College

B.A., International Politics & Economics and German, 2007
  • magna cum laude

Georgetown University Law Center

J.D., 2011
  • Georgetown University Law Center Scholar
  • Barrister’s Council, Trial Advocacy Division

Bar Admission

  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland
  • Pennsylvania

Prominent Assignments

  • Led an internal investigation of an investment group’s subsidiaries into allegations of improper accounting, self-dealing, fraud, and embezzlement.
  • Assisted in an internal investigation of a commercial real estate investment adviser managing over $1 billion in assets facing allegations of commercial bribery, bid rigging, and conflicts of interest.
  • Assisted in an internal investigation of a publicly traded higher education institution facing allegations of accounting fraud, misuse of corporate assets, and hostile work environment.
  • Assisted in the representation of the Chief Financial Officer of a publicly-traded medical supply company facing allegations from the SEC of fraud, false books and records, deceit of auditors, and false certifications.
  • Assisted in the representation of the Chief Executive Officer of a private media company in the CEO’s lawsuit seeking compensation for alleged unpaid wages.  Also assisted in the representation of the CEO against claims of fraud.  
  • Guided a sexual assault victim successfully through the Title IX investigation and hearing process at the victim’s state university.  

Professional Involvement

  • Board of Directors, LightHouse DC 
  • Member, Northern Virginia Technology Council
  • Member, American Bar Association

Court Admissions

  • United States District Court, District of Maryland
  • United States District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of Michigan


  • “Quantifying Hate: The Evolution of German Approaches to Measuring ‘Hate Crimes’,” with Middlebury Professor of Political Science Erik Bleich, German Politics, Vol. 17, No. 1, March 2008, pp.63-80
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