Michael Ryan is a labor and employment senior counsel in Foley’s Houston office. His practice involves counseling employers on a wide-range of employment matters, including unfair competition and trade secret laws, hiring and firing decisions, EEO and FLSA matters, enforcement of personnel policies, leave issues, accommodations, drug testing laws, classification of employees and other wage and hour matters, safety regulations and governmental investigations. Michael has significant experience representing clients in prosecuting and defending non-competition agreements, trade secret theft claims, discrimination and retaliation claims, and wage-and-hour matters.
Michael represents clients of all sizes, including multinational corporations, local business, and executives. He has represented clients in various sectors, including oil and gas services and production, health care, security, safety, chemical, service and retail. Michael also frequently presents at seminars and conducts trainings on various employment topics, including EEO matters and internal and governmental investigations.
Prior to earning his law degree, Michael served as a judicial intern for the Hon. Hilda G. Tagle, U.S. District Court Judge for the Southern District of Texas-Brownsville Division. He also worked in-house as a compliance and employment law clerk for an oilfield services company in Houston.