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Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP
United States

Work Department

Labor and Employment




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 has litigated cases in state and federal courts of over 20 states and defended clients in over 200 administrative actions filed with the EEOC, Department of Labor, and state/local agencies in over 35 states.  Ryan regularly counsels 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.  Ryan was recently named as a “Legal Elite” by Virginia Business Magazine and a “Labor and Employment Star” by Benchmark Litigation.


Admitted to the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia State Bars


  • JD, The George Washington University Law School, 2007
  • BA, University of Delaware, 2003

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Labor and employment > Labor and employment disputes (including collective actions): defense

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP is regularly engaged in wage and hour claims, discrimination and harassment allegations, trade secret matters and issues related to the ERISA. Representing clients from the the financial services, manufacturing and retail sectors, among others, the group is well versed in class and collective as well as single-plaintiff claims. The practice’s leadership is split between Los Angeles-based Emily Burkhardt Vicente is experienced in high-stakes litigation proceedings. She jointly heads the practice with Kevin White in Washington DC, who often handles wage and hour and discrimination cases. Also in Washington DC is Ryan Bates, who is skilled in class and collective actions. In Houston, Scott Nelson deals with most employment matters, including ERISA class actions and trade secret disputes. Other key names include Michael Brett Burns and Roland Juarez in Los Angeles and Christopher Pardo in Boston.