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Ryan J. Kurtz

Ryan J. Kurtz



  • Litigation
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Complex Commercial Actions
  • Employment Law
  • Employment Litigation, Workplace Investigations, and Compliance

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Ryan Kurtz is an Associate in the Firm's Litigation department. His practice focuses primarily on employment law. Mr. Kurtz also works closely with colleagues in the Firm’s Tax-Exempt Organizations, Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation, and Tax groups to ensure that client needs are comprehensively met. Additionally, he advises universities regarding Title IX compliance and student and faculty conduct matters, and represents clients in several white collar matters. From 2017 to 2018, Mr. Kurtz served as a law clerk to the Hon. Christopher F. Droney of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. From 2014 to 2017, Mr. Kurtz worked as an attorney at the New Jersey Office of the Public Defender.

Representative Matters


Assists clients in drafting effective workplace policies that both comply with New York’s increasingly complex leave requirements (including Paid Family Leave) and meet individual workplace needs.

Drafts employment agreements and offer letters to meet the business needs of clients, and negotiates terms of employment agreements.

Advises employers on addressing employee requests for workplace disability and other accommodations. Mr. Kurtz is also currently representing a building owner in administrative proceedings before the New York City Commission on Human Rights related to disability access and structural accommodations.

Conducts workplace investigations into allegations of misconduct, including harassment and retaliation, and negotiates resolutions of claims related to misconduct, including through mediation.

Offers guidance on wage and hours matters, including exempt/non-exempt classifications, and employee versus independent contractor designations.

Advises clients on end-of-employment issues, including drafting and negotiating separation agreements, navigating requirements related to confidentiality and non-disparagement agreements, and executing reductions in force in accordance with applicable law.

Provides advice and counsel to Boards in connection with termination of high-level executives.

Investigated whistleblower claims related to alleged violations of the Animal Welfare Act

Represented former corporate executives in connection with ERISA litigation in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.

White Collar

Representing European bank in connection with investigation into interest rate derivatives trading.

Representing corporation in connection with allegations arising under the Sherman Act.

Pro Bono

Representing client on death row in Alabama in federal habeas corpus proceedings before the United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama.

Representing client on social security appeal in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Represented tenant in non-payment proceedings in housing court, achieving a favorable settlement.

Bar Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
  • New York
  • New Jersey


  • Harvard Law School (J.D., cum laude, 2014)
    • General Board Member, Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review
  • Georgetown University (B.A., cum laude, 2010)
Areas of Practice

Alternative Dispute Resolution | Complex Commercial Actions | Employment Law | Employment Litigation, Workplace Investigations, and Compliance | Litigation


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Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP, December 2020

Last week, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) updated its COVID-19 guidance to address workplace issues related to COVID-19 vaccines, including mandatory vaccination policies. According to the EEOC, employers may mandate vaccines, but must attempt to accommodate employees who refuse vaccination because of disability or a sincerely held religious belief, practice, or observance...

EEOC Issues Guidance on the Permissibility of Mandatory COVID-19 Testing in the Workplace
Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP, May 2020

On April 23, 2020, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) issued new guidance clarifying that employers may conduct mandatory testing of employees for COVID-19 before they enter the workplace so long as the testing is “job related and consistent with business necessity...

New York Employer Tips for Responding to the Coronavirus
Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP, March 2020

The recent outbreak of 2019-nCOV, a flu-like respiratory illness better known as the Coronavirus, is causing employers to ready themselves for a variety of responses to the spread of the virus.  Human Resources professionals are seeking guidance on how to promote a safe and healthy working environment without violating the rights of ill or potentially ill employees.  We have some tips to help strike the right balance...


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