2020 Volunteer Lawyer of the Year: Ryan Hymore

May 26, 2021

The Volunteer Lawyers for the Poor Foundation is proud to announce Ryan Hymore as the 2020 Volunteer Lawyer of the Year.  Hymore is a labor attorney with Mangano Law Offices Co., LPA located in Cleveland and Cincinnati, and practices all areas of labor law, including general counseling, negotiations, litigation, arbitration, and mediation. In his five years with the Volunteer Lawyers Project (VLP), he has accepted 32 referrals, averaging eight cases a year.  

“Since signing up as a volunteer in 2016, Ryan has always been generous with his time and talent in resolving our clients’ wage disputes,” said Laura Crosthwaite, legal assistant with the VLP.  “He rarely turns down a request for help and has become one of our most valued volunteers.” 

Hymore believes that assisting with VLP cases and clients is some of the most genuinely rewarding work he has done in his career.  “It has such a huge impact when I can get a paycheck for someone whose employer has wrongfully withheld pay,” he said.


Hymore is admitted to practice in Ohio and Kentucky and is a member of the Kentucky Bar Association and the Cincinnati Bar Association.  He earned his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Toledo, College of Law in 2006, magna cum laude.  While in law school, he served as an associate member and editor of the University of Toledo Law Review and authored the law review article Taylor v. Douglas Co., Applying Ohio’s Prevailing-Wage Laws to Institutions Supported in Whole or in Part by Public Funds, 37 U. Tol. L. Rev. 497 (2006).


Prior to graduating with his law degree, Hymore earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Miami University in 2003, with cum laude Latin honors.  He was also inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa Society while at Miami.  

In his free time, Hymore dabbles in decentralized finance, studying its potential benefits in collective bargaining, aggregation of low value legal claims, and instantaneous wage payments.  Hymore enjoys spending time with his four young children and his wife, who is also an attorney.  

It is with enormous gratitude that we honor Hymore’s dedication to serving low-income clients, and encourage any attorney who does not currently volunteer with VLP to strive to emulate his contribution.  To become a volunteer, please visit our website. 

The Trustees of the Volunteer Lawyers for the Poor Foundation present the Volunteer Lawyer of the Year Award to an attorney or attorneys who have provided exemplary pro bono legal services to one or more low-income clients through the Volunteer Lawyers Project (VLP). The Volunteer Lawyers for the Poor Foundation was established in 1982 by the Cincinnati Bar Association and the Legal Aid Society to increase the availability of legal services to the poor. The VLP coordinates pro bono legal services provided by private attorneys and law firms. The award recipient is selected by the Volunteer Lawyers for the Poor Foundation.