Coploff, Ryan & Houser
Attorneys at Law
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We would like to congratulate and wish attorney Paul D. Welch Jr. good luck in his retirement after 44 years in the practice of law

Our Dedicated Team

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Larry Coploff


Paul Ryan


Justin Houser


Coploff, Ryan & Houser proudly provides premier legal expertise to Central Pennsylvania. With over 80 years of combined legal experience, the law firm of Coploff, Ryan & Houser provides a broad range of legal services to the Lock Haven community. It's about you every day. Give us a call at 570-748-7771 to discuss your legal needs.

Areas of Practice

  • Bankruptcy, including Debtor and Creditor representation

  • Civil Litigation, including appellate work

  • Consumer Law

  • Criminal Defense, including DUI and Traffic Citations
  • Debt Collection and Enforcement of Judgements

  • Employment Law

  • Liquor License Applications and Transfers

  • Nonprofit Organizations

  • Oil and Gas Law

  • Personal Injury

  • Tax Sale Purchase Litigation

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A Short Synopsis of Our History

  • January 1980
    How it All Began

    After practicing law in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Larry E. Coploff returned to Lock Haven in February 1979, to practice law in the office of J. Michael Williamson. On January 1, 1980, they formed the partnership of Williamson and Coploff.

  • January 1990
    Paul Ryan Joins the Team

    In January 1990, Paul J. Ryan joined the firm of Williamson, Coploff and Hanna after clerking for Judge Carson Brown and working for a Williamsport law firm.

  • January 1993
    Paul Welch Joins the Team

    With sixteen years experience in Legal Services in Perry and Clinton Counties, Paul D. Welch, Jr., joined the firm of Williamson, Coploff, Hanna and Ryan in July, 1993. J. Michael Williamson left the partnership when he was elected to the bench, as a Clinton County Judge, effective January 1, 1994.

  • July 2014
    Justin Houser Joins the Team

    In 2014, after practicing law in Delaware for 3 years, Justin K. Houser, Esquire, joined the firm as an associate and 3 years later became a partner in 2017.

  • March 2021
    Paul Welch Retires

    On March 5th, 2021, Mr. Welch retired from the practice of law

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136 E Water St
Lock Haven, PA 17745

✉   -   Larry Coploff
✉   -   Paul Ryan
✉   -   Justin Houser

Monday through Friday  8:30am - 5:00pm
and by appointment

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