Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP is pleased to announce that partner Ryan Bates has been named a member of the 2022 class of Leaders in the Law by Virginia Lawyers Weekly. Bates is one of just 30 Virginia lawyers being honored for outstanding contributions to the practice of law.

Bates has distinguished himself as a nationwide litigator handling complex employment litigation, trade secret cases and “bet the company” litigation. He routinely conducts internal investigations and counsels nationwide clients on difficult compliance issues. He regularly defends employers against class actions and collective actions, as well as lawsuits arising under Title VII, Americans with Disabilities Act, Age Discrimination in Employment Act, Family and Medical Leave Act and various state discrimination statutes. Bates also actively engages in pro bono work, representing victims of domestic violence seeking protective orders from their abusive partners. 

Now in its 17th year, Virginia Lawyers Weekly’s Leaders in the Law awards program recognizes the lawyers across the Commonwealth who are setting the standard for other attorneys in Virginia. “Leaders” are recognized for improving Virginia’s justice system, making significant achievements through the practice of law, and making important contributions to Virginia’s legal community and/or the community at large.

View the full 2022 class of Leaders in the Law honorees.