Pamala H. Ryan


Pamala H. Ryan has over 25 years’ experience representing municipalities in the tri-counties in virtually all facets of local government law, from drafting ordinances and contracts to handling land use and redevelopment matters.  Pamala has prosecuted code enforcement violations and has handled a variety of marina and water related issues.  She also handles procurement issues and challenges for clients, as well as addressing public records, sunshine law and ethics violations.  Pamala handles pension, labor, and employment matters, which includes developing personnel policies and procedures, conducting employee training, and investigating a myriad of employment related issues. 

Currently, as a partner in the Firm, Pamala represents municipalities in Palm Beach, Broward, and Miami-Dade counties on a myriad of issues, including land use and zoning matters, procurement and contract management, employment investigations, and code enforcement.  Through the Firm, Pamala is also a Deputy City Attorney for the City of Tamarac and the Village Attorney for the Village of Lazy Lake, where she and other members of the firm handle all legal matters.  Pamala also enjoys representing Community Redevelopment Agencies and works closely with the City of Miami City Attorney’s Office in handling a variety of matters related to its various CRAs.  Most recently, with the Firm, Pamala represented the City of North Miami Beach as its Deputy City Attorney and the North Miami Beach’s Community Redevelopment Agency as its general counsel for two years. 

Prior to joining the Firm, Pamala worked for the City of Riviera Beach for 20 years, where she served as City Attorney for 16 of those years, and after leaving that post, Pamala was a senior associate at the law firm of Torcivia, Donlon, Goddeau & Rubin, P.A., for over four years, where she represented several municipalities in Palm Beach County, including the City of Lake Worth Beach, the Town of Ocean Ridge, the City of Belle Glade, and the Town of Highland Beach, in varying capacities, i.e., as city or town attorney, board attorney to their boards of adjustment, planning & zoning boards, and historic preservation boards, and as a code enforcement prosecutor. 

As a partner in the Firm, Pamala not only represents municipal clients throughout South Florida, but has expanded her practice to include representation of developers and private businesses.

Pamala has been board certified by the Florida Bar in City, County & Local Government Law since 2013, a distinction few municipal attorneys have, and she had the privilege and honor to be appointed as a member of the City, County and Local Government Certification Committee, where she served serve for six years (2014-2020). Although her term has ended, Pamala still assists the Committee on various matters when called upon. 

Most recently, Pamala has been appointed to serve on the Florida Bar’s Board of Legal Specialization & Education Committee.  Pamala is also a charter member of the newly created Sheree Davis Cunningham Black Women Lawyers Association in Palm Beach County and actively participates in programming for the organization.  She is also a member of the Florida Municipal Attorney’s Association.  


University of Florida College of Law, Gainesville, FL, Juris Doctor

Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, Bachelor of Science, Economics

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United States Southern District of Florida 

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