Ryan H. Nell

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Ryan H. Nell is an employment attorney responsible for representing California employers statewide in both counseling and comprehensive litigation support.  With the ever-changing landscape of California and federal employment law, Ryan prides himself on assisting clients in staying ahead of the curve in an effort to avoid legal trouble before it arises.  He has extensive experience representing clients in harassment, retaliation, and discrimination matters, as well as large-scale wage and hour lawsuits.

Ryan speaks regularly on a wide range of topics aimed at assisting California employers in the avoidance of legal trouble before it arises, and his work in the field has led to his recognition as a San Diego Rising Star by Super Lawyers in 2018-2021 and his inclusion in the Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch list in 2021 and 2022.

Ryan graduated magna cum laude from the University of Illinois College of Law. While in law school, Ryan was a member of the Federal Civil Rights Clinic, representing clients in federal claims from inception through trial.  He also served as an extern for the Los Angeles Superior Court and Illinois Office of the State’s Attorney, gaining extensive experience litigating claims on behalf of local governmental agencies.  Before law school, Ryan attended the University of Southern California, where he was recognized as a Presidential Scholar and earned a degree in Political Science.

Awards +-

  • Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch 2021, 2022
  • San Diego Super Lawyers Rising Stars 2018-2021

Affiliations +-

  • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance
  • Lawyers Club of San Diego
  • San Diego County Bar Association
  • San Diego Defense Lawyers
  • SDHR Forum
  • State Bar of California

Education +-

  • University of Illinois College of Law (J.D., magna cum laude 2012)
  • University of Southern California (B.A., 2009)

Publications +-

  • Ryan Nell & Shannon Finley, “The Changing Landscape of California Employment Law: Adapting to the 21st Century Workforce,” 2016 Bender’s Calif. Lab. & Empl. Bull. 207 (June, 2016)

Speaking Engagements +-

  • Association of Corporate Counsel MCLE Program, “Litigation Trends:  Navigating Wage & Hour Issues” (2021)
  • California Employers Association, “Litigation Trends:  Navigating Wage & Hour Issues in 2021” (2021)
  • Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce Webinar, “Returning to Work in a Vaccinated World: Best Practices for a Smooth Transition” (2021)
  • California HR Conference – Ask The Expert Interactive Chat, “See and Be Seen:  A Discussion About the Legalities of Managing Your Remote Workforce” (2021)
  • San Pedro Chamber of Commerce Webinar, “Returning to Work in a Vaccinated World:  Best Practices for a Smooth Transition” (2021)
  • HR Comply Virtual Conference, “Reefer Madness: Maintaining Compliance and Safety on the Job Amid Changing State Laws” (2021)
  • San Diego Association of Health Underwriters, “Racial, Gender, and LGBTQ Bias in the Workplace: Addressing Harassment, Discrimination, and Retaliation Issues” (2021)
  • San Diego County Bar Association – Labor and Employment Law Section, “What’s New and Notable – Employment Law Update” (2021)
  • Association of Corporate Counsel MCLE Program, “Mental Well-Being in the Workplace:  The Laws and Best Practices” (2021)
  • Professionals in Human Resources Association 2021 California Employment Law Update, “Are You Reasonably Reasonable? Fulfilling Employer Obligations to Engage in the Interactive Process” (2021)
  • San Pedro Chamber of Commerce Webinar, “2021 Update: Employment Law – New Year, New Laws” (2021)
  • SDHR Forum Law Day – Annual Legal Update, “COVID-19 at Work” (2020)
  • California Employers Association Webinar, “2020 Wage and Hour Update” (2020)
  • San Pedro Chamber of Commerce Webinar, “COVID-19 Business Series:  Is Your Workplace Ready for the Next Normal?” (2020)
  • San Diego Risk and Insurance Management Society Webinar, “CCPA is Here:  Is Your Organization Ready?” (2020)
  • Professionals in Human Resources Association – Back to Work Webinar Series, “Returning to Work in Stage 2 – What To Do Now?” (2020)
  • Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce Coronavirus Webinar, “#COVIDCoping – Employment Law & Tax Code Updates” (2020)
  • Professionals in Human Resources Association Legal Update Conferences – Anaheim, Riverside, Burbank, La Jolla, “Alphabet Soup:  Staying Up-to-Date on CFRA, FMLA, PFL, and PDL” (2020)
  • Association of Corporate Counsel MCLE Program, “High or Dry:  What Employers Need to Know about Cannabis and Opioids in the Workplace”  (2019)
  • San Diego Society for Human Resource Management Legal + Strategic Insights Conference, “Confused by the Smoke:  Medical Marijuana” (2019)
  • HR Comply California, “Opioids & Marijuana in California:  Employer’s Rights and Responsibilities When Hiring, Disciplining, and Termination” (2019)
  • Professionals in Human Resources Association Legal Update Conferences – Anaheim, Riverside, Burbank, La Jolla, “Marijuana in the Workplace in California” (2019)
  • Change it Up Radio, “Cannabis in the Workplace” (2019)
  • San Diego Hospitality Forum, “Not Just a Cost of Doing Business:  Avoiding Wage and Hour Lawsuits in the California Hospitality Industry” (2018)
  • San Diego Society for Human Resource Management Law Day, “Elimination of Wage Disparities” (2018)
  • Lawyers Club of San Diego, “Solutions Summit:  Sexual Harassment Panel” (2018)
  • SDHR Forum Legal Update, “California Commission Law & Paid Rest Breaks” (2018)
  • HR Leaders Roundtable, “Happy People Don’t Sue” (2017)
  • Disrupt HR, “Finding Hire Ground:  Create a Thriving Workforce by Ignoring What Doesn’t Matter” (2017)
  • San Diego Paralegal Association, “Bridging the Gap” (2017)

11622 El Camino Real, #300
San Diego, CA 92130
Tel: (858) 755-8500
Fax: (858) 755-8504

Tel: (858) 509-5690
Fax: (858) 755-8504
rnell@pettitkohn.com

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