Casey S. Ryan

Casey is the U.S. Vice Chair of Reed Smith's Global Litigation Department. Listed in The Best Lawyers in America, Chambers USA and Pennsylvania Super Lawyers, Casey represents employers in a wide variety of employment-related disputes, including harassment, retaliation, discrimination, wrongful discharge, equal pay and breach of contract litigation. She has successfully litigated in federal and state courts throughout the United States, and routinely appears before both federal and state agencies, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and various state human relations commissions. She also has successfully defended employers in employment class actions and in litigation brought by the EEOC.

Casey has an extensive arbitration practice, routinely represents employers in FINRA, AAA and JAMS proceedings, and has prevailed in numerous arbitrations involving matters such as breach of employment contracts, wage claims, and bonus and incentive pay disputes.

As part of counseling employers on day-to-day issues, Casey regularly advises on issues of hiring, disciplining and firing in both unionized and non-unionized workplaces. She also authors employment policies, including drug and alcohol testing procedures, executive contracts, separation agreements and employee handbooks. Casey frequently conducts on-site training sessions on topics such as workforce management, workplace violence, harassment and discrimination, and computer and Internet usage.

A substantial portion of Casey's practice involves traditional labor law and counseling employers on contract interpretation and discipline issues. She has represented employers in grievance arbitrations and in National Labor Relations Board proceedings, and has advised employers during union organizing campaigns.

Casey routinely represents colleges and universities on employment issues, as well as those involving tenure, Clery Act compliance and student affairs. She is a member of the National Association of College and University Attorneys and has presented at NACUA’s regional and national conferences.

Additionally, Casey has conducted numerous internal investigations into matters including fraud, embezzlement, theft, discrimination and harassment. She also trains human resource professionals on conducting and documenting internal investigations.

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Areas of Practice 1) Labor & Employment, 2) Business Transactions, 3) Class Actions, 4) Disabilities and Leaves of Absence, 5) Discrimination and Harassment, 6) Grievance and Interest Arbitration, 7) Human Resources Counseling and 8) Trade Secrets and Restrictive Covenants
Law School Notre Dame Law School, J.D.,1996
Education University of Notre Dame, B.A., 1993
Bar Member / Association Pennsylvania State Bar Association
Most recent firm Reed Smith LLP
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