University of Wisconsin Law School,
University of Kansas,
Listed in "Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch" (by BL Rankings), 2023
Included in Super Lawyers Rising Stars List (by Thomson Reuters), 2019-2023
Thompson Coburn LLP
Ryan is an experienced employment law attorney who serves as a trusted advisor and effective litigator for employers of all sizes.
Ryan provides responsive and strategic day-to-day counseling to his clients' leadership, HR, and in-house legal teams on a wide variety of issues that arise during hiring, firing, and every phase of employment. He regularly offers guidance on the enforcement of restrictive covenants; wage and hour issues; background checks; workforce reductions; terminations; complaints of discrimination, retaliation, and harassment; leaves of absence, workplace safety, and workplace investigations and policies.
Ryan also routinely drafts and negotiates employment and severance agreements. In recent years, he has developed a special emphasis on employment and related agreements in the health care industry. He also frequently counsels health care entities and other clients on the myriad employment issues tied to mergers and acquisitions.
When employers face lawsuits, Ryan passionately and tactfully protects their interests in federal and state courts across the country, arbitration, mediation, and before government agencies. Ryan has jury trial and federal and state appellate experience, including multiple appeals before the 7th Circuit. Ryan has helped employers successfully navigate a multitude of employment-related claims, including improper competition and trade secret actions; discrimination, retaliation, and harassment claims; wage and hour claims; and OSHA claims at the federal and state level. In recent years, Ryan has also developed extensive experience defending employers against claims under the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA), and counseling them on BIPA to avoid or minimize liability under the act.
Ryan is passionate about collaborating with clients to pursue efficient and practical employment law solutions that align with their values and ultimate business goals.
Achieved dismissal of a failure to hire discrimination case affirmed by the 7th Circuit.
Obtained a partial verdict in a federal court jury trial of an FMLA interference case.
Obtained a completely favorable jury verdict in a sexual harassment lawsuit in Cook County, Illinois.
Secured a favorable summary judgment ruling in a disability discrimination and tortious interference case affirmed by the Michigan Court of Appeals.
Drafted and negotiated thousands of physician employment agreements.
Illinois Supreme Court holds that a five-year statute of limitations will apply to all BIPA Claims
Illinois appeals court holds that BIPA Section 15(a) requires retention-and-destruction policies upon possession of any biometric data
Illinois Appellate Panel Upholds Employer Defense Against Employee BIPA Claims: Union Employee BIPA Claims Preempted by Federal Labor Law
Illinois Supreme Court ruling curtails prominent BIPA defense
Coming July 1: What Chicago employers need to know about the new paid sick leave, minimum wage and fair workweek rules
An overview of the Illinois Salary History Ban for employers
Illinois’s newly enacted ‘Workplace Transparency Act’ responds to the #MeToo movement
What’s new with the Illinois Wage Payment Act and four other HR law changes for 2019
Returning to Work During COVID-19: Employment and Privacy Law Considerations
Remote Work Issues & Implications
BIPA litigation offers no legislative reprieve to employers – yet
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