Ryan C. Watkins



Ryan C. Watkins is an associate and litigation lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP. He is a member of the Business Litigation & Dispute Resolution Practice.

In 2013, Mr. Watkins was a summer associate with Foley. He served as a policy intern for the Clinton Foundation and Clinton Global Initiative as well as a legal intern for the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan.

Prior to beginning his legal career, Mr. Watkins was an educational policy researcher with the Educational Issues Team of the American Federation of Teachers and an educator at William Howard Taft High School for five years. He also gained experience as a communications researcher for the Center for American Progress and as a field organizer with Obama for America in 2008. 


Mr. Watkins has held numerous leaderships roles in organizations, including executive board member for the ACLU, Student Funded Fellowships and American Constitution Society.


Mr. Watkins received his law degree from the University of Michigan Law School (J.D., 2013), where he worked as a student attorney for the Innocence Clinic. He concurrently earned a Masters of Public Policy from the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy – University of Michigan. Mr. Watkins earned his undergraduate degree, with honors, in history, political science and education from the University of Michigan (2005).


Mr. Watkins is admitted to practice in the state of Michigan.