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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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Ohio Dormant Minerals Act - Part 1

Ohio Dormant Minerals Act - Part 1
Bricker & Eckler represents the mineral rights owners in the Walker v. Noon case, which was accepted by the Ohio Supreme Court on September 3, 2014 (Ohio Sup. Ct. No. 2014-0803). Hear two of our attorneys talk about the issues behind the case and the need