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Ryan Bates

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Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP

Washington D.C., USA
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Practice Expertise

  • Labor and Employment
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Areas of Practice

  • Labor and Employment
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Profile

Ryan has distinguished himself as a nationwide litigator handling complex employment litigation, trade secret cases, and “bet the company” litigation. Ryan routinely conducts internal investigations and counsels nationwide clients on difficult compliance issues.


Relevant Experience

  • Regularly defends employers against class actions and collective actions alleging exemption misclassification, independent contractor misclassification, off-the-clock claims, failure to provide meal and rest breaks, failure to provide accurate wage statements, and related wage and hour claims. For example:

- Defended health care client against collective action alleging off-the-clock work.

- Defended retail client against collective action alleging exemption misclassification.

- Defended health care client against collective action alleging exemption misclassification.

- Defended school system against collective allegation alleging independent contractor misclassification.

- Defended retail client against class action alleging failure to pay wages at termination.

- Defended technology client against collective action alleging exemption misclassification.

- Defended government contractor client against collective action alleging independent contractor misclassification.

- Defended health care client against class action for meal/rest break, overtime, and related claims.

- Defended manufacturing client against class action for meal/rest break, overtime, and related claims.

  • Regularly defends employers against lawsuits arising under Title VII, Americans with Disabilities Act, Age Discrimination in Employment Act, Family and Medical Leave Act, and various state discrimination statutes.
  • Routinely represents clients in high-profile trade secret litigation. For example:

- Represented a large pet food manufacturer in a case against a competitor and former executives for trade secret misappropriation, breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duties, and related claims. The matter resulted in a preliminary injunction, permanent injunction, imposition of sanctions against the opposing party, and an award of nearly $600,000 in attorney fees and costs.

- Represented a manufacturing client in a case against a competitor and former executive for trade secret misappropriation, contract interference, breach of fiduciary duties, and related claims. The case resulted in a preliminary and permanent injunction order in client’s favor.

- Represented a manufacturing client in a matter against a former executive for trade secret misappropriation, breach of contract, and related claims.

  • Litigated cases in state and federal courts of about 25 states, including Virginia, District of Columbia, Maryland, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New York, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, West Virginia, and Wyoming.
  • Routinely conducts internal investigations into harassment, discrimination, employee misconduct, trade secret theft, and physical/sexual assaults.
  • Has defended employers in over 200 administrative actions filed with the EEOC, Department of Labor, and state/local agencies in over 35 states.
  • Regularly counseling clients on nationwide employment law issues including compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and state disability laws, Family and Medical Leave Act and state leave laws, federal and state wage and hour laws, trade secret protection, and implementing reductions-in-force.
  • Regularly advises clients on labor and employment issues in conjunction with mergers and acquisitions.
  • Regularly drafts executive employment agreements, severance agreements, employment handbooks, and bonus plans.
  • In his spare time, Ryan represents victims of domestic violence seeking protective orders from their abusive partners

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland
  • Virginia

Education
BA, University of Delaware, 2003

Areas of Practice

  • Labor and Employment

Professional Career

Significant Accomplishments
  • Experience defending employers against lawsuits arising under Title VII, Americans with Disabilities Act, Age Discrimination in Employment Act, Family and Medical Leave Act, Fair Labor Standards Act, and various state discrimination statutes
  • Litigated cases in state and federal courts of Virginia, California, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Ohio, Michigan, Kansas, Tennessee, Florida, and Arizona
  • Extensive experience defending employers against administrative charges filed with the EEOC and state/local agencies in over 20 states
  • Experience representing unionized employers in defense of unfair labor practice charges
  • Experience counseling clients on employment law issues including compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and state disability laws, Family and Medical Leave Act and state leave laws, federal and state wage and hour laws, and implementing reductions-in-force
  • Experience drafting various employment documents including employment agreements, severance agreements, employment handbooks, and bonus plans


Professional Associations
  • Member, American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section
  • Member and Past Program Chair, Virginia Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section
  • Member, Fairfax Bar Association, Employment Law Section
  • Board of Directors, Legal Services of Northern Virginia, 2013-present

Professional Activities and Experience
  • Recipient, Laurence E. Seibel Memorial Award for Excellence in the Study of Labor and Employment Law, 2007

Articles

Additional Articles
  • Top Ten Wage and Hour Issues, New Perspectives, Association of HealthCare Internal Auditors
  • International Labor and Employment Laws, ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law
  • Top 10 Wage and Hour Issues That May Be Lurking Within Your Company, Corporate Counsel
  • 7 Steps Virginia Employers Should Take in Light of New Laws, SHRM
  • Employment Law in Virginia, Virginia CLE
  • Five Ways that Companies Botch Workplace Investigations, Corporate Counsel
  • Epic Systems May Point To Fate of ‘Lamps Plus’ At High Court, Law360

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