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Pamala H. Ryan, Senior Associate

A former City of Riviera Beach City Attorney for over sixteen years, Ms. Ryan has extensive experience representing local governments in virtually all facets of local government law, including drafting ordinances and complex contracts and agreements, handling land use matters including rezones and comprehensive plan changes, handling a variety of marina issues, procurement, public records and sunshine law matters, ethics issues, pension, and labor and employment matters including the development of personnel policies and procedures, employee training, attending pre-termination hearings, and responding to charges of discrimination filed with the Palm Beach County and United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commissions.  She also has experience with budgetary issues, risk management, real estate, and all facets of local government law. 

Ms. Ryan has been Board certified by the Florida Bar in the area of City, County & Local Government Law, and currently serves as Co-Chairperson of the City, County & Local Government Certification Committee of the Florida Bar. 

Education and Background

Ms. Ryan earned her law degree from the University of Florida and her undergraduate degree in Economics from Purdue University. 

Ms. Ryan joined the Firm after twenty years of service with the City of Riviera Beach, Florida.  In Riviera Beach, Ms. Ryan served in the capacity of City Attorney for sixteen years, and prior to that she served as an Assistant City Attorney for three years and in the administrative capacity of Deputy City Manager for one year.  During that time, Ms. Ryan gained extensive legal and administrative experience in all aspects of the governmental arena.  Ms. Ryan reported directly to a five person city council and mayor, attending all city council meetings, public hearings and workshops.  Ms. Ryan also served as the District Attorney for the Riviera Beach Utility Special District, handling water issues before the District Board and administrative agencies.  In her tenure with Riviera Beach, Ms. Ryan also represented the Planning and Zoning Board and the Zoning Board of Adjustment. As the attorney for these various boards, Ms. Ryan was responsible for drafting many documents to be reviewed and voted on by the boards, as well as reviewing all agenda items for legal sufficiency.  Ms. Ryan also worked closely with the City’s Community Redevelopment Agency, drafting disposition and development agreements for the city’s municipal beach, and the city’s municipal marina.

Finally, Ms. Ryan is very knowledgeable of and has responded to numerous questions and inquiries regarding Florida's Code of Ethics Statutes, the Palm Beach County Code of Ethics ordinance, Florida’s public records law and the sunshine law; and enjoys speaking on these topics.  


Torcivia, Donlon, Goddeau & Ansay, P.A. offers its services to clients throughout Florida, including those located in Palm Beach County, Martin County, St. Lucie County, Broward County, and Miami-Dade County.



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