Ryan Derry’s practice includes various aspects of employment litigation and counseling, including employment discrimination, retaliation, harassment, and wage and hour issues. He has represented employers in multiple jurisdictions in state and federal courts as well as in administrative proceedings against individual and class claims across industries, including retail, transportation, finance, healthcare, and technology fields.
A talented litigator, Mr. Derry is adept at handling complex single-plaintiff, multi-plaintiff, collective, class, and representative matters from inception through trial. He has successfully defended clients in over ten trials and arbitrations, including individual and multi-plaintiff claims for retaliation, gender discrimination, disability discrimination, harassment, breach of contract, defamation, and class claims for violations of the California Labor Code. He has litigated matters before the National Labor Relations Board and has also managed large multi-unit investigations and settlements with the U.S. Department of Labor. He also maintains an active counseling practice and enjoys developing unique solutions and arguments for novel legal issues.
Mr. Derry is a frequent presenter and panelist on a variety of subject matters. Recent presentations have included trial and discovery strategy, the California Family Rights Act, the Family Medical Leave Act, and the California Consumer Privacy Act.
Mr. Derry has been named as a California Super Lawyer Rising Star for multiple years.
Mr. Derry received his B.S. in Resource Economics, summa cum laude, from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2003. Mr. Derry received his J.D. from The George Washington University Law School, with honors, in 2006 where he served as Senior Managing Editor of the Public Contract Law Journal and as a Dean’s Fellow. His note on public contracting False Claims Act liability was published in the Summer 2006 edition of the Public Contract Law Journal and republished in the fall 2006 edition of The False Claims Act & Qui Tam Quarterly Review.
Supreme Court: Title VII Prohibits Discrimination Because of Sexual Orientation or Gender Identity
June 16, 2020
Supreme Court Holds That Causation Standards Apply at the Pleadings Stage for Discrimination Claims
March 29, 2020
Nipped In The Bud: Federal Court Enjoins California’s New Arbitration Statute
February 03, 2020
A Partial Delay: Preparing for the Coming Employment-Related Provisions of the California Consumer Privacy Act (“CCPA”)
October 15, 2019
AB 51: Attacking Arbitration, Again
October 14, 2019
Wage Claims After OTO v. Kho: Are Arbitration Agreements Enforceable?
September 16, 2019
What Socially Conscious Investors Can Learn from Mission-Driven Entrepreneurs—and Vice Versa
September 09, 2019
The Path Ahead: With Scope of CCPA in Flux, Employers Consider Privacy Implications of New Tech
September 09, 2019