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Ryan C. Hess

Ryan Hess focuses his practice on complex wage-and-hour litigation and counseling employers on wage-and-hour compliance. Ryan also has defended employers in discrimination, harassment, and retaliation lawsuits, and administrative proceedings. 

Representative Experience

Defended Cobalt Mortgage in multiple wage and hour class actions

Reached favorable settlements in three class actions after protracted litigation. Cases alleged off-the-clock work violations for mortgage loan officers and supporting employees. (2016)

Fenley v. Rite Aid Corp.*

Obtained dismissal of representative claims under the California Labor Code Private Attorneys General Act, alleging employer misclassified retail store managers. (Cal. Sup. Ct. 2015)

Gasio v. Target Corp.*

Defeated class certification in case alleging retailer required closing-shift employees to wait involuntarily and off-the-clock before leaving stores. (E.D. Cal. 2015)

Holak v. Kmart Corp.*

Defeated class certification in case alleging wage-statement violations and off-the-clock work, and obtained partial summary judgment on plaintiff’s individual claims. (C.D. Cal. 2014)

Rutti v. LoJack Corp.*

Defended employer in complex wage-and-hour class action raising novel commute-time and off-the-clock work claims. (C.D. Cal. 2011)

Muniz v. United Parcel Service, Inc.*

Second-chaired sex discrimination trial and obtained favorable jury verdict awarding plaintiff less than three percent of the damages she sought. (N.D. Cal. 2010)

United Parcel Service single-plaintiff exempt status litigation*

Defended employer in single-plaintiff exempt status cases filed after decertification of a class action. (Various California federal and state courts, 2008-2010)
* Denotes experience completed at a prior firm

Additional Qualifications

  • Associate, Paul Hastings LLP, San Francisco, 2008-2015
  • Summer Associate, Heller Ehrman LLP, Seattle, 2007
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