Ryan G. Lockner represents and counsels clients in all aspects and stages of employment litigation, arbitration, and mediation, including claims based on:

  • Title VII of the Civil Rights Act
  • The Americans with Disabilities Act
  • The Age Discrimination in Employment Act
  • The Arizona Civil Rights Act
  • The Family and Medical Leave Act
  • Discrimination and harassment
  • Retaliation
  • Wrongful discharge
  • Wage and hour class and collective actions
  • Unfair competition, trade secrets, and restrictive covenants

Prior to joining Littler, Ryan was an associate at another large, international law firm. He also served as a judicial extern to the Hon. David G. Campbell of the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona, interned in the legal department of Arizona’s largest private utility, and was an articles editor for Jurimetrics: The Journal of Law, Science, and Technology.

Ryan is a veteran of the U.S. Army where he served as an Intelligence Officer. During his tenure in the Army, Ryan deployed overseas multiple times, and gained valuable experience researching and analyzing complex information, as well as advising combat troops, senior military officials, and civilian policymakers.

Professional & Community Affiliations


Military Legal Assistance Committee

State Bar of Arizona



Labor and Employment Section

State Bar of Arizona



Recipient, Bronze Star Medal

U.S. Army


Named, Rising Star


Super Lawyers


Recipient, Student Advocacy Award

International Academy of Trial Lawyers


Recipient, Outstanding Student Award

Clinical Legal Education Association


Named, Willard H. Pedrick Scholar

Arizona State University College of Law

Recipient, Pro Bono Distinction

Arizona State University College of Law


Recipient, CALI Excellence for the Future Awards

Professional Responsibility; Work-Life Law & Policy Clinic; Contract Drafting & Negotiation

Books & Book Chapters

  • Littler on Classifying Workers: Employees v. Independent Contractors, Joint Employees and Other Contingent Workforce Issues, The Littler National Employer Library

Speaking Engagements

Becoming a Human Lie Detector

2017 Littler Arizona Employer Conference

October 17, 2017

Workplace Violence Prevention in the Age of the Active Shooter

2016 Arizona Employer Conference

October 25, 2016

Fair Labor Standards Act's White-collar Overtime Exemption Regulations

Southwest Arizona Human Resource Association

August 3, 2016


  • J.D., Arizona State University College of Law, 2014
  • B.S., University of Idaho, 2005

Bar Admission



  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 8th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of Arizona