Ryan’s labor and employment litigation experience is both broad and deep, and he is particularly skilled in defending employers against wage and hour class and collective actions. Ryan has been involved in over thirty of these cases, along with numerous other single plaintiff wage and hour matters, throughout the country. He has achieved success for his clients in many of these cases, including on the merits, in defeating class certification, and/or in successfully challenging plaintiffs’ damages expert/calculations.
Ryan’s litigation experience also includes Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) class actions, ERISA actions, single- and multi-plaintiff discrimination litigation, prosecution and defense of breach of contract and restrictive covenant litigation, and the representation of management in complex traditional labor matters before the NLRB and in arbitrations. On the latter score, he represented one of the very first employers to undergo, and succeed in, a union representation election under the NLRB’s “quickie election” rules and has since successfully represented numerous other clients in union elections.
Ryan is admitted to practice in the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and the US District Court for the Eastern and Western Districts of Virginia and the District of Colorado. He has litigated cases in the state and federal courts of California, Colorado, Florida, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.
Ryan also provides strategic advice to clients on a full range of labor and employment issues. He advises clients in the hospitality, coal and other natural resources, power, health care, food processing, manufacturing, consumer products, service, and retail industries. Ryan takes a pragmatic, results-oriented approach to advising his clients. He understands that in any advice situation, the legal answer is only half of the equation, and his advice is only valuable if it can be used to achieve the client’s business objectives. That approach requires a thorough understanding of a client’s business and culture and an eye for creative solutions to complex legal problems – skills that Ryan brings to bear in every advice matter.
To complement his practice, Ryan serves on the Board of Directors for the Richmond Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, and he is a member of the American Bar Association’s Committee on Fair Labor Standards Legislation. Ryan is a frequent speaker and author on labor and employment matters, and he is a contributing author to the Hunton Employment & Labor Perspectives blog.