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Ryan McCoy

Senior Associate

San Francisco
Direct: (415) 544-1032
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Ryan McCoy is a senior associate in the San Francisco office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP and a member of the firm's Labor & Employment Department. His practice is focused on employment litigation, with a particular emphasis on wage and hour class and collective action litigation under the California Labor Code and FLSA. He is one of very few California attorneys who has been intimately involved in preparing for and assisting in the defense of a wage and hour class action case at trial. Mr. McCoy also handles single and multi-plaintiff claims for discrimination, harassment, and retaliation, including whistleblower claims. He has represented financial services firms in employment disputes before the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA). 

In addition to his litigation practice, Mr. McCoy provides day-to-day counseling and advice to employers concerning the various local, state, and federal laws affecting the employment relationship. He advises clients regarding wage and hour issues, employment policies and practices, termination decisions, internal complaints and workplace investigations, and negotiating employment and severance agreements.

Mr. McCoy also frequently provides pro bono advice and counseling concerning employment matters to several local non-profits, and volunteers with pro bono program Kids in Need of Defense (KIND).

Ryan McCoy is a senior associate in the San Francisco office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP and a member of the firm's Labor & Employment Department. His practice is focused on employment litigation, with a particular emphasis on wage and hour class and collective action litigation under the California Labor Code and FLSA. He is one of very few California attorneys who has been intimately involved in preparing for and assisting in the defense of a wage and hour class action case at trial. Mr. McCoy also handles single and multi-plaintiff claims for discrimination, harassment, and retaliation, including whistleblower claims. He has represented financial services firms in employment disputes before the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA). 

In addition to his litigation practice, Mr. McCoy provides day-to-day counseling and advice to employers concerning the various local, state, and federal laws affecting the employment relationship. He advises clients regarding wage and hour issues, employment policies and practices, termination decisions, internal complaints and workplace investigations, and negotiating employment and severance agreements.

Mr. McCoy also frequently provides pro bono advice and counseling concerning employment matters to several local non-profits, and volunteers with pro bono program Kids in Need of Defense (KIND).

Education

  • J.D., Santa Clara University School of Law (2009)
    Northern California Innocence Project, Legal Extern, 2008-2009 
  • B.A., Loyola Marymount University, Political Science & Economics (2006)
    Associated Students of Loyola Marymount University, Speaker of the Senate

Admissions

  • California

Courts

  • U.S. District Court for the Northern and Eastern Districts of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

Presentations

  • “San Francisco Employment Ordinances – What You Need to Know,” San Francisco Employer Advisory Council (2017)

Publications

  • “Local Cannabis Laws and Drug Testing Pitfalls,” Daily Journal (May 18, 2017)
  • “When the Federal Regulations Go Away, State and Local Laws Come to Play,” Five on Friday, Seyfarth Shaw LLP (February 17, 2017)
  • "Court Reaffirms That Anti-SLAPP Motions Aren't Appropriate For Private Workplace Disputes," California Employment Law Letter (May 2016)
  • “P.F. Chang’s Denied Attorneys’ Fees in Wage and Hour Case,” California Employment Law Letter (April 2016)
  • "Discrimination: California Employer May Not Use Evidence Of Conviction To Dismiss Claim," California Employment Law Letter (April 2015)
  • “Employer May Not Use Evidence Of Conviction To Dismiss Discrimination Claim,” California Employment Law Letter (March 2015)
  • "Good News In Continuing Battle Over Enforceability Of Arbitration Agreements," California Employment Law Letter (January 2015)
  • "Wage and Hour Law:  Valid Overtime & Break Policies Are Critical To Defeating Class Claims," California Employment Law Letter (November 2013)
  • “Harassment Complaints To HR Protected From Defamation Suit," California Employment Law Letter (February 2013)
  • "The Devil’s In The Details: Separation Agreement Waiving Right To Bonuses Upheld," California Employment Law Letter (December 2012)
  •  "Two Steps Forward, One Step Back When It Comes To Enforcing Arbitration Agreements," California Employment Law Letter (March 2012)
  •  "Top 10 Things You Should Know About California Employee Handbooks," California Employment Law Letter (December 2011)