Ryan M. Schmalzle
RYAN M. SCHMALZLE
Ryan Schmalzle is a principal and founder of our firm. His focus is primarily family law, divorce, personal injury litigation, and civil litigation. Ryan has a multi-state practice and litigates cases in both Maryland and Virginia. He regularly practices in several jurisdictions in Northern Virginia including Loudoun, Fairfax, Clarke, and Frederick Counties and several jurisdiction in Maryland, including Frederick County and Montgomery County.
LAW SCHOOL: George Mason University School of Law, JD cum laude
COLLEGE: East Stroudsburg University, BA, Philosophy
Adjunct professor of Law at George Mason University School of Law
Loudoun Bar Foundation, chairman of the board
Ryan moved to southern Florida after graduating from college and managed several successful restaurants and night clubs, including a dueling piano bar. Despite the success of the businesses and his enjoyment in building them, he never veered from his plan to attend law school.
Ryan left southern Florida to study the law at George Mason University School of Law in Arlington, Virginia. He earned a spot on the school’s premier law journal, the George Mason Law Review as a second-year law student, and was appointed as an editor of the journal in his third year. Additionally, his success as an oral advocate in moot court competitions earned him a coveted position on George Mason’s Moot Court Board and he served on the board’s executive committee in his third year. In his final year at George Mason, he instructed first year law students in legal research and writing as a Legal Writing Fellow.
After law school, Ryan accepted an offer to work with Wiley Rein LLP, a large, prestigious firm located in the District of Columbia. He worked primarily with firm’s insurance litigation group, and advised clients on issues related to Directors and Officers Liability Insurance Policies, Errors and Omissions Liability Insurance Policies, and General Commercial Liability Policies. He also worked with the firm’s election law group and advised clients on issues related to political action committees and lobbying laws.
Although Ryan’s primary love is the law, he has always been an entrepreneur and business person at heart, so in February of 2014, he started the law firm of Beckman Schmalzle PLC with Spencer S. Beckman. Being a principal of Beckman Schmalzle PLC not only affords him the opportunity to work directly with his clients on solving their legal issues, but also allows him to control his practice environment.
Ryan lives in Frederick, Maryland with his wife Jennie, his daughter Abigail, his son Aidan, and their two dogs, Bella and Owen. He is an avid reader and also enjoys gardening, growing his own organic produce, and cooking for his family and friends.
PERSONAL FACT: Ryan is a home brewer of all-grain recipes on a brewing system that he designed and made using old kegs and a few steel bed frames. His favorite? Belgian farmhouse style ale brewed with hot chili peppers.