About Ryan

Ryan Kunkel helps employers resolve employment-related disputes in litigation and counsel clients to help prevent those disputes in the first place. His practice also includes helping management resolve complex labor disputes, including organizing drives, NLRB proceedings, and work stoppages. You can find Ryan frequently contributing to the award-winning blog Stoel Rives World of Employment.  

Prior to joining the firm, Ryan worked as a legislative assistant in the United States House of Representatives, where he advised a member of Congress on a variety of policy issues and built coalitions to support the Congressperson’s legislative agenda.

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Representative Labor Experience

  • Part of a team that successfully opposed a union’s motion for a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction that would have delayed or blocked the sale of an insolvent company.
  • Advised long-term care and skilled nursing facility in withdrawing recognition from a union and defeated related unfair labor practice charges before the NLRB.
  • Assisted construction client in defeating unfair labor practice charges related to an alleged unlawful termination.
  • Obtained favorable result for a construction industry client that was the target of union salts.

Representative Employment Experience

  • Successfully defended agency charges against numerous employers in manufacturing, health care, and other industries.
  • Assisted timber industry client with WARN Act compliance in an acquisition.
  • Assisted in obtaining dismissal of a $1 million lawsuit against a healthcare industry client that alleged race, national origin, and disability discrimination and whistleblower retaliation.
  • Obtained favorable result at arbitration for an insurance company defending claims of unlawful payment of final wages and wage deductions.
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Honors & Activities

Professional Honors and Activities

  • Included in Best Lawyers®: Ones to Watch in America (Litigation – Labor and Employment), 2021–2023
  • Listed among Rising Stars (Labor & Employment), Oregon Super Lawyers®, 2021–2022
  • Best Appellate Brief and Outstanding Oral Advocate Awards, First-Year Moot Court Competition, 2013

Civic Activities

  • Judge, Lewis & Clark Law School Moot Court
  • Coach, Lincoln High School and Wood Middle School Constitution Teams, 2013
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Insights & Presentations

Insights & Presentations

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