Attorney seeks GOP nomination for DA
Ryan Gardner has announced his intention to seek the Republican nomination for Lycoming County District Attorney.
Gardner, 41, is a partner in the Williamsport law firm of Callahan Gardner, L.L.C. where he concentrates his practice in civil litigation, family law and criminal defense.
Prior to the formation of that law firm, he practiced law as a sole practitioner.
Gardner’s experience includes criminal and civil litigation throughout the state at both the common pleas and appellate levels. He also has practiced in federal court in the middle and western districts of the state.
He served as a Lycoming County Assistant District Attorney.
Gardner has litigated cases involving misdemeanor and felony criminal cases as well as civil, custody, divorce, property, discrimination, wrongful termination, personal injury, product liability, hunting/game violations, and termination of parental rights.
His practice of law has afforded him the experience of interacting with police officers, assistant district attorneys and criminal defense attorneys throughout the state.
Gardner is a former member/manager of TriGar Tire & Auto.
He is a graduate of Montoursville Area High School, Lycoming College and Temple University Beasley School of Law.
He is involved in the community, supporting local elementary and high school scholastic programs, raising and donating money to equip the patrol division of the Williamsport Bureau of Police and providing pro bono legal representation for victims of domestic violence as well as individuals subject to mortgage foreclosure.
He has served as a volunteer wrestling coach.
His club affiliates include National Rifle Association, Consolidated Sportsmen of Lycoming County and Dunwoody Big Bear Fish and Game Club.
Gardner said running for district attorney was not a last-minute decision.
“It’s always been in the back of my mind,” he said. “Having grown up here and seeing the direction that everything is going, it was a good opportunity to present myself as a candidate and someone needed to administer justice harshly and otherwise fairly and equitably.”
Gardner said he knows “firsthand what the residents of Lycoming County care about,” emphasizing the importance of the safety of community and families.
He noted his “unmatched experience and perspective in the race for district attorney.”
“I grew up on a family farm in Lycoming County, went to Montoursville Area High School and graduated from Lycoming College,” he said. “And, I chose to raise my children here and instill in them the same hardworking, blue-collar values that my parents instilled in me. The residents of Lycoming County can count on me to serve them every day with their values at heart.”
Gardner is married and the father of three children.