Eugene C. Ryu provides advice and counseling to clients on a wide variety of matters in all areas of labor and employment law including:

  • Disability and discrimination
  • Family and medical leave
  • Human resources decisions in all aspects of employment law
  • Complex employment disputes and litigation
  • Wage & hour litigation
  • Workers' compensation
  • Cal/OSHA and Federal OSHA reporting and litigation
  • Independent contractor analysis and litigation

Eugene’s diverse clients include many emerging growth companies, start-ups, and entrepreneurs. He also represents a variety of U. S. subsidiaries of multi-national Korean parent companies.

He represents employers in state, federal and administrative courts and before the California Labor Commissioner, the Department of Fair Employment and Housing, the California Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board, the California OSHA Appeals Board, the Department of Labor and the Workers' Compensation Appeals Board. He also handles arbitrations and mediations.

Eugene is certified specialist in workers' compensation law by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization and has lectured extensively on the interrelationship between workers' compensation laws and the Americans with Disability Act and parallel state laws governing treatment by employers of persons with disabilities.

Eugene is the co-chair of Littler's ‘Ohana Affinity Group and serves on the board of the firm's Diversity and Inclusion Council.

Professional & Community Affiliations

Member, Adjunct Board of Advisors

US-Korea Law Foundation

Member, Board of Directors

Korean American Bar Association of Northern California


Member, Board of Governors

Korean American Bar Association of Southern California


National Asian Pacific American Bar Association


Pasadena Angels, Inc.

News, Analysis & Press

What to Know Should Prop. 64 Pass

Daily Journal

November 8, 2016

Shareholder’s Online Tool Looked Good on Paper

Los Angeles Business Journal

September 21, 2015

Cultural Influences on Bribery: Compliance Obligations Under the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and a Review of South Korea’s Anti-Corruption Legislation

US-Korea Law Journal

July 2014

A Comparison of Issues That Arise from Terminations in Korea and the U.S.

US-Korea Law Journal

July 27, 2013

Speaking Engagements

Change to Labor and Employment Laws and Policies Following the U.S. and Korean Elections

The International Association of Korean Lawyers (IAKL) Conference, Seoul, Korea

September 16, 2017

Let’s Be Blunt: What Does Medical & Recreational Marijuana Mean for the Workplace?

BB&T Insurance Services

March 14, 2017

New Employment Laws for 2017


January 12, 2017

Big Law Culture

NAPABA Conference, New Orleans

November 7, 2015

Common Employment Issues Facing Korean Business Owners

KABA Business and Labor Law Forum. Los Angeles, CA

October 8, 2015

Differences between U.S. and Korean employment laws through an analysis of worker misclassification

US/Korea Law Day, Irvine, CA

July 25, 2015

Navigating the Most Common Employment Law Issues for Start-Ups

Business Technology Center of Los Angeles County, Altadena, CA

January 22, 2015

Crafting Severance Agreements: Considerations for Tech Startups to Multinational Employers (and Everything In Between) to Prepare an Enforceable Release

Center for Competitive Management (C4CM) Webinar

July 8, 2014

The Employee From Hell

Littler Mendelson, San Francisco, CA

April 29, 2014

Employment Law Update

Labor & Employment Webinar Series - Littler Mendelson and BB&T

January 29, 2014
New Employment and Labor Laws for 2014 and 2015

Los Angeles, CALos Angeles, CA

January 15, 2014

Impact of Social Media on the Workplace: What are your employees doing on Facebook?

25th Annual Convention - National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, Kansas City, MO

November 9, 2013

Tech Startups To Family Owned Restaurants: How A Small Business Should Document Leaves Of Absences In California

Professionals In Human Resources Association (PIHRA) Webinar

October 18, 2013

Non-Compete & Non-Solicitation Provisions in Employment Agreements and M&A Transactions: Comparisons between Korea, China & the U.S.

Conference - International Association of Korean Lawyers (IAKL), Seoul, Korea

September 27, 2013

A Comparison of Issues That Arise from Terminations in Korea and the U.S.

The 2013 US-Korea Law Day - US-Korea Law Foundation

July 27, 2013

California Workers’ Compensation Update and Intersection with Other Employment Laws

American Hotel & Lodging Association

June 6, 2013

Discrimination & Bias in the Law

International Association of Korean Lawyers

September 14, 2012

Managing the Aging Workforce

BB&T, Pleasanton, CA

November 16, 2011

Coordinating Employment Law and Workers' Compensation


January 26, 2011

Voluntary Preparedness in Context: A Brief History Creating a Legal Duty

SF Ready, San Francisco, CA

April 14, 2010

Creating an Integrated Disability Management Program in California

Lorman Education Services, San Francisco, CA

October 30, 2002


  • J.D., University of California, Hastings College of the Law, 2000
  • B.A., University of California, Berkeley, 1996

Bar Admission



  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California