Michael F. Ryan



Michael Ryan is a labor and employment associate in Foley Gardere’s Houston office. His practice involves counseling employers on a wide-range of employment matters, including 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, OSHA claims, safety regulations and governmental investigations. Michael represents clients of all sizes, including multinational corporations, local businesses and executives. He has represented clients in various sectors, including oil and gas services and production, health care, security, safety, chemical, service and retail.

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. 

Professional Affiliations

  • Member, State Bar of Texas
  • Member, Young Alumni Committee, University of Houston Law Center
  • Member, Association of Women Attorneys
  • Former Member, Professionalism Committee, Houston Bar Association (2015-2016)


  • J.D., University of Houston Law Center, (2015)
    • Order of the Barristers
    • Recipient, Lee Ware & Rusty McMains Memorial Scholarship
    • Recipient, Achievement in Advocacy Scholarship
    • President, Alternative Dispute Resolution Team
    • Member, UHLC Moot Court Team
    • Champion, John Black Moot Court (2013)
    • Champion, Best Speaker, Intra-team Moot Court (2013
    • Regional Champion, ABA NAAC (2015)
    • Member, Dean's Search Committee
    • Vice President, Advocates for Life (2013-2015)
    • Justice, Honor Council (2013-2015)
  • M.Ed., Texas A&M University, (2010)
    • Curriculum and Instruction
  • B.A., Texas A&M University, (2009), cum laude
    • History


  • Texas (2015)
  • Texas State Courts (2015)
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas

Representative Matters

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Represented multiple companies in defending charges of discrimination filed with the EEOC and Texas Workforce Commission on the basis of race, age, sex, disability, and religious discrimination.
Prevailed on summary judgment for ATM operator in breach of contract case against financial institution.
Represented an innovative plastics solutions company in a suit filed against former employees where a jury returned a multimillion-dollar verdict establishing the trade secret nature of the technology and the misappropriation by the defendants



What the NLRB Can Teach You About Documenting Employee Misconduct
22 January 2019
Labor & Employment Law Perspectives
Court Strikes Down Austin’s Paid Sick Leave Ordinance
19 November 2018
Labor & Employment Law Perspectives
New OSHA Rule May Require Changes to Employer Drug Testing Policies
10 October 2016
Labor & Employment Law Perspectives
How Texas’ New “Open Carry” Law Affects Texas Businesses
20 January 2016
Labor & Employment Law Perspectives