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Ryan D. Redekopp

Partner
+1.206.370.7673
Fax +1.206.370.6343

Ryan Redekopp’s practice focuses on employment and labor law.

Mr. Redekopp advises and litigates regarding a wide range of employment and labor issues, including hiring, discipline, disability accommodation, leave management, termination, reductions in force, discrimination, harassment, retaliation, noncompetition, and wage and hour matters. As a litigator, he represents clients in both state and federal courts and before federal, state, and local fair employment practices agencies. Mr. Redekopp frequently advises employers with respect to the employment aspects of business transactions, such as mergers and acquisitions, and regularly drafts and revises employment policies and documents such as offer letters, employment agreements, restrictive covenant agreements, and separation agreements.

Mr. Redekopp works with both private and public employers, including school districts and nonprofit organizations. He also counsels places of public accommodation and public transportation providers regarding their non-discrimination and accessibility obligations under the Americans with Disabilities Act and other federal and state anti-discrimination laws.

Achievements

  • Selected to the Washington Rising Stars list (2012-2016)
  • Received the Jim Ellis Pro Bono Award for dedication to providing pro bono legal services (2006)

Speaking Engagements

  • “Time is Money: Properly Paying Non-exempt Employees,” K&L Gates Client Briefing, October 27, 2010
  • "Title II(A) of the ADA and Public Transit," Washington State Transit Association Leadership Retreat, July 31, 2009
Mr. Redekopp’s representative experience includes:

  • Obtained defense verdict for railroad company after five-day jury trial in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington in lawsuit involving claims of race discrimination and Family and Medical Leave Act interference and retaliation.
  • Defeated plaintiffs’ motion for Rule 23 class certification in putative class action alleging that bank employees at nearly 200 branch locations engaged in off-the-clock work without compensation.
  • Assisted with seven-day jury trial in King County Superior Court and obtained verdict in favor of technology company on former employee’s claims of retaliation and discrimination based on national origin, race, and religion.
  • Drafted numerous successful motions for dismissal and/or summary judgment in employment disputes involving claims under federal and state anti-discrimination and anti-retaliation laws and other causes of action, including negligence, fraud, unjust enrichment, promissory estoppel, and intentional infliction of emotional distress.
  • Prosecuted and defended motions seeking injunctive relief in disputes regarding trade secrets and post-employment restrictive covenants.
  • Recovered several hundreds of thousands of dollars in unearned relocation expenses and signing bonuses from clients’ former employees under various forms of claw-back and repayment agreements.
  • Obtained numerous favorable decisions from fair employment practices agencies, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Washington State Human Rights Commission, and the Seattle Office for Civil Rights.
  • Assisted employers with internal investigations of discrimination and harassment claims and with self-audits regarding employee classifications and wage and hour compliance.
  • Performed employment-related due diligence and advised clients regarding employee integration issues in connection with mergers and acquisitions involving both public and private companies.
  • Drafted successful appeal brief to the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in pro bono First Amendment case and obtained ruling that Seattle’s Parade Ordinance was facially unconstitutional because it provided the Chief of Police with too much discretion in making permitting decisions (published opinion available at Seattle Affiliate of the October 22nd Coalition v. City of Seattle, 550 F.3d 788 (9th Cir. 2008)).