Ryan Groshong is a trial lawyer and partner in the Seattle office of K&L Gates. He defends employers in a variety of claims, including discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination, retaliation, and wage and hour violations. Ryan also litigates civil rights claims, significant personal injury actions, and a broad range of complex commercial matters, including contractual disputes, product liability claims, and enforcement of restrictive covenants.
Ryan has substantial first chair jury trial experience and has successfully tried several cases to verdict, including a 2021 Zoom trial in which the plaintiff requested more than $13 million in damages. The jury deliberated for less than three hours before returning a complete and unanimous defense verdict.
Ryan has experience representing a broad range of clients, including public and private companies, governmental entities, philanthropic organizations, and individuals. In addition to his litigation practice, Ryan frequently represents clients in private arbitration and before administrative agencies, including the EEOC and NLRB. Ryan further advises clients on personnel and other issues, particularly on matters involving litigation risk.
Ryan also maintains an active pro bono practice and has represented asylum seekers, nonprofit organizations, and incarcerated individuals pursuing innocence claims.
Ryan was a summer associate at K&L Gates in 2010. During law school, he worked as a judicial extern for the Honorable Charles W. Johnson of the Washington State Supreme Court and as a legal extern for The Defender Association, where he tried a case to verdict and obtained dismissal of charges against another client following an evidentiary hearing. Ryan has also worked as a legal intern for the Mexican Capital Legal Assistance Program.
- The Best Lawyers in America® Ones to Watch, Litigation - Labor and Employment, 2020-2023
- Second place and regional qualifier in Seattle University In-House Mock Trial Competition (Spring 2010)
- Winner of Seattle University Bond Appellate Advocacy Competition (2010)
- CALI Excellence for the Future Awards; Property – Fall 2008 and Spring 2009; Employment Discrimination – Fall 2010; Professional Responsibility – Spring 2011
- Chapter 3 “Commencement of Action,” Washington State Bar Association’s Civil Procedure Deskbook, 3rd ed., October 2014
- Chapter 11 “Signings and Draftings of Pleas, Motions, and Legal Memoranda: Sanctions,” Washington State Bar Association’s Civil Procedure Deskbook, 3rd ed., October 2014