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Ryan M. Smith

Ryan Smith is a member of Bricker & Eckler’s Regulated Industries group, a member of the firm’s Shale Task Force and a member of Bricker's Southeast Ohio team. As a member of the Shale Task Force, Ryan represents public and private landowners in disputes involving oil and gas leases, mineral rights ownership and other issues related to shale development. A native of Marietta, Ryan works out of the firm's Marietta office frequently assisting clients with a variety of oil and gas matters.

Previously, he served as a legal clerk for the Kansas Corporation Commission, the state regulatory agency for public utilities and oil and gas development activity. Ryan also worked as a clerk with an oil and gas acquisition and divestiture firm.

As a student member of the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation (RMMLF) Ryan attended the Special Institute on Mineral Title Examination, the 58th RMMLF Annual Institute, and Hydraulic Fracturing: Core Issues and Trends. As a student...

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Professional & Community Activities

  • Lecturer, Landowner Concerns in Lease Negotiations, Oil and Gas Course Capital University Law School, 2013

Presentations & Published Works

  • Speaker, Ohio State Bar Association's Advanced Oil & Gas CLE, “How to Navigate the ODNR Well Database and Well Locator,” August 2013
  • Speaker, Muskingum Valley Chamber of Commerce, Southeastern Ohio Oil & Gas Update, August 2013

Bar Admissions & Activities

  • Admitted to practice in Ohio and West Virginia
  • Member, Ohio State and Columbus Bar Associations
  • Former member, Washburn University School of Law ABA negotiation competition team

Awards & Recognition

  • Named a Dawson Scholar at Washburn University School of Law
  • Received the Heights Endowment for the Study of Insurance Law
  • Recipient of the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation’s Joe Rudd Scholarship


  • Washburn University (from what is now known as the Oil and Gas Law Center) (J.D. 2012) President, Business Law Society
  • Scholarship recipient from the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation
  • Certificates in Natural Resources Law and Business & Transactional Law

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Ryan M. Smith
Contact Info
Office: Columbus
Title: Associate
Phone: 614.227.4826
Fax: 614.227.2390


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Ohio Dormant Minerals Act - Part 2

Ohio Dormant Minerals Act - Part 2
In Part 2 of our series on the Ohio Dormant Minerals Act, our attorneys discuss the critical questions at issue in Walker v. Noon as well as two other oil and gas cases before the Ohio Supreme Court.