Ryan D. Ewing
(304) 353-8186
Office: Charleston
J.D. University of Pittsburgh
B.A. Edinboro University of Pennsylvania
Licensure: WV
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As Team Leader for Steptoe & Johnson’s Cannabis Counsel, Ryan Dunne Ewing regularly represents corporate cannabis growers, processors, and wholesale dispensaries, and he is the acting General Counsel to numerous wholesale, resale, and retail producers of hemp and hemp products throughout the eastern United States.  Ryan regularly counsels his clients on an ever-changing regulatory landscape, including the interstate sale of cannabis under the 2014 and 2018 Farm Bills.

Ryan also represents corporate medical cannabis organizations, and he ensures that his clients comply with their state-specific medical cannabis program as well as proper capital handling procedures under the Patriot and Bank Secrecy Acts.

Ryan’s practice also focuses on state and federal infrastructure development.  He regularly counsels both public and private utilities before the Public Service Commission of West Virginia, and he has experience with the funding and financing of infrastructure expansion projects.  Ryan has also represented clients before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission concerning interstate and intrastate natural gas transmission pipelines.

Ryan has a wide range of experience on the regulation and expansion of infrastructure on both a state and federal level, including: applications for a certificate of public convenience and necessity, base rate cases, pressure commitment obligations, firm capacity requirements, underground natural gas storage facilities, expedited recovery of infrastructure costs through rate base, pipeline replacement expansion programs, municipal appeal rate cases, earnings tests, depreciation rate cases, affiliated transaction cases, purchased gas adjustment proceedings, purchases and sales of public utilities, consolidation proceedings, and defense of customer complaints.

Work Experience

2016 Steptoe & Johnson PLLC
2015 Summer Associate, Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

Speaking Engagements

“The Regulation of Hemp and CBD,” The Kentucky Symposium on Hemp and CBD, November 15, 2019

“Banking Cannabis in West Virginia, Caution Abounds,” Community Bankers of West Virginia, October, 2019

Co-author, “PHMSA’s New Rules Aim to Overhaul Pipeline Safety,” The Energy Law Advisor, Institute for Energy Law, Volume 13, No. 4, November 2019

“The Regulation of Public Utilities”, The Thrasher Group (2018)

"The Congressional Review Act's Impact on the Regulated Community," Energy and Mineral Law Foundation (2017)

"Oil and Gas Regulatory Reform," West Virginia Chamber Environmental Conference (2017)

"Federal and State Air Quality Issues," Air and Waste Management Association (2017)

"Surface Water Regulation of West Virginia’s Logging Industry," West Virginia Forestry Association (2017)

“Jurisdictional Determinations and Due Process under the Clean Water Act, “ Energy and Mineral Law Foundation (2016)

Key Experience

Acting General Counsel to the largest hemp grower in West Virginia
Acting General Counsel to the largest wholesale distributor of hemp and hemp products in West Virginia
Ensures federal and state-specific compliance under the 2014 and 2018 Farm Bills

Memberships & Awards

Leadership Kanawha Valley, 2019-2020
Certificate in Utility Ratemaking, National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners, 2018
Executive Editor, Pittsburgh Journal of Environmental and Public Health Law, 2015-2016
CALI Award, Mining Law
CALI Award, Urban Sprawl and the Law