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Overview

Ryan J. Morley focuses his practice representing employers in complex and single plaintiff litigation before state and federal courts. His litigation experience includes defending collective and class actions under state and federal wage and hour laws, prosecuting and defending non-competition agreements, and defending employers in matters involving alleged race, disability, sex, harassment, age and religious discrimination. He represents employers in mediation and arbitration.

Ryan represents employers before state and federal governmental agencies such as the Ohio Civil Rights Commission, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Department of Labor, and the National Labor Relations Board. He conducts management and supervisory training and represents employers in labor negotiations and grievance arbitrations. He routinely counsels employers on:

  • Employee hiring
  • Discipline
  • Termination
  • Preventive litigation strategies
  • Wage and hour matters
  • Negotiating and drafting employment agreements, separation agreements, non-competition agreements, and collective bargaining agreements

Ryan has in-depth knowledge of franchise law, representing both franchisors and franchisees in all labor and employment related matters. He has significant experience in the restaurant, manufacturing, and gaming industries.

During law school, Ryan served as editor-in-chief of the Quinnipiac Probate Law Journal.

Professional & Community Affiliations

Member

Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association

Member

Ohio State Bar Association

Member, Board of Directors

Red Flags National

2014-present

Recognition

Named, Rising Star

Ohio

Super Lawyers

2007 and 2009-2016

News, Analysis & Press

Five Steps to Maximizing the Enforceability of Ohio Noncompetition Agreements

Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Journal, Vol. 7, No. 10

Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association

May 2015

Speaking Engagements

2019 Ohio Employer Conference

Cleveland, OH

October 10, 2019

2018 Ohio Regional Employer Conference

Cleveland, OH

October 18, 2018

Education

  • J.D., Quinnipiac University School of Law, 2001cum laude
  • B.A., Miami University, 1998

Bar Admission

Ohio

Courts

  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut