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Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP

Ryan M. Bates

Ryan M. Bates

Partner

Expertise

  • Labor and Employment

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Profile

Ryan’s practice spans all aspects of employment law. He has distinguished himself as a nationwide litigator handling complex employment litigation, including class actions, collective actions, 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, working off-the-clock, failure to provide meal and rest breaks, failure to provide accurate wage statements, and related wage and hour 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.
  • Has litigated cases in state and federal courts of over 20 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 employee misconduct, trade secret theft, physical and sexual assaults, harassment, and discrimination.
  • 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 counsels clients on labor and employment issues in conjunction with mergers and acquisitions.
  • Regularly drafts executive employment agreements, severance agreements, employment handbooks, and bonus plans.
  • Experience representing unionized employers in defense of unfair labor practice charges.
  • 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

  • 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
  • Employment Law in Virginia, Virginia CLE
  • Top 10 Wage and Hour Issues That May Be Lurking Within Your Company, Corporate Counsel
  • Epic Systems May Point To Fate of ‘Lamps Plus’ At High Court, Law360
  • Five Ways that Companies Botch Workplace Investigations, Corporate Counsel

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