Ian grew up in rural Pennsylvania. He graduated from Temple University, summa cum laude, and University of Minnesota Law School, cum laude. Following law school, Ian practiced real estate, bankruptcy, and business law.
In 2010 Ian was hired by Lehigh Valley Center for Independent Living, a non-profit with the mission of advocating for people with disabilities. As LVCIL’s Director of Accessibility, Ian worked with businesses, state and local governments, and non-profits to improve compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act throughout Pennsylvania. While Ian found this work satisfying, he became increasingly aware that the architectural accessibility provisions of the ADA were largely unenforced.
In 2013 Ian became aware of Carlson Lynch’s work making automatic teller machines and point of sale systems accessible to people with vision loss. Ian reached out to Bruce Carlson, and soon joined the firm as part of its expanded ADA practice area. Carlson Lynch has since filed hundreds of lawsuits on behalf of people with disabilities.
Ian lives in Pittsburgh’s Bloomfield neighborhood with his wife, their twins and corgi, Olive. Outside work, Ian enjoys snowboarding, fishing, kayaking, and shuttling his children to sporting events.