Ryan Estes balances his practice between federal and state employment law issues, including litigation and advice and counsel work. A seasoned litigator, Ryan has taken and defended over 300 depositions, drafted and argued dispositive motions, and defended multiple appellate cases.

Ryan has broad experience defending employers and management in wage and hour class action claims; Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and state equivalent violation claims; California Private Attorney General Act (PAGA) claims (including wage and hour, unsafe working conditions, and suitable seating); wrongful termination and harassment, discrimination and retaliation employment claims; unfair business practice claims; and other employment-related litigation. Ryan supplements his broad employment litigation experience, by litigating claims related to the Uniform Trade Secrets Act, common law trade secret misappropriation, breach of fiduciary duty, and breach of contract.

 Ryan represents employers and management in state and federal courts and before administrative bodies throughout the United States. These include the California State Labor Commissioner, California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

 Ryan regularly counsels employers on employee discipline, employee hiring, wage and hour issues, protection of intellectual property, employee privacy matters, state and federal leave laws, internal investigations, and the creation and implementation of new and revised personnel policies. His work also includes drafting executive compensation agreements and separation agreements, especially in conjunction with start-ups as well as mergers and acquisitions.

 Ryan's clients range from Fortune 500 publicly traded companies to local employers, and spans multiple industries including Consumer Goods, Food, and Retail; Hospitality and Leisure; and Media, Sport, and Entertainment.