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C. Ryan Grondzik

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  • Grand Rapids

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Biography

Ryan is a litigator who focuses his practice on commercial and employment litigation. He became an attorney because he likes to debate issues, conduct research that untangles complex issues and help deserving people prevail in legal disputes. He has represented employers in state and federal courts, worked on several discrimination claims – conducting discovery, eDiscovery and writing legal briefs – and successfully defended an employer in a race and age discrimination claim before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Ryan has also worked on cases involving receivership, breach of warranty claims and antitrust issues.

Education

  • University of Michigan J.D. 2011
  • Saginaw Valley State University B.A. 2008 magna cum laude

Admitted

  • 2011, Michigan

Bar Associations

  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Grand Rapids Bar Association

Languages

  • Spanish

Honors & Awards

  • Named as a Michigan Super Lawyer Rising Star, 2016

Experience

Labor and Employment Litigation

  • Provided significant research, drafting and discovery assistance in defending large utility client from ADA claim, ultimately resulting in favorable pre-trial settlement
  • Provided research and drafting assistance as part of a team defending corporate client from FMLA class action certification in federal court
  • Represented corporate employer in federal court against claims of racial discrimination and age discrimination
  • Conducted extensive discovery and e-discovery project for age discrimination case


Commercial Litigation

  • Successfully represented large banking client in a receivership hearing
  • Provided legal representation and advice for out-of-state corporate clients in state district court
  • Provided research and drafting assistance as part of a team defending an international auto supplier in breach of warranty matter, ultimately obtaining favorable settlement pre-trial
  • Provided research and drafting assistance in drafting antitrust complaint

Leadership

Professional Affiliations

  • Legal Aid of West Michigan, more than 100 hours of pro bono work on family law cases
  • Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce
    Emerging Leaders Series
  • Federal Bar Association
    Young Lawyers Division Committee Member

Community Affiliations

  • CCL's Emerging Leaders Series
    Selected as a member of the Class of 2011

Speaking Engagements

  • "Wage & Hour / FLSA," Warner Norcross Human Resources Seminar, May 23, 2017, Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • "Attracting and Retaining Millennials" and "Wage/Hour and FLSA Issues," Warner Norcross Labor & Benefits Executive Panel, October 18, 2016, Kalamazoo, Michigan
  • Labor & Benefits Executive Panel, Warner Norcross Seminar, October 26, 2015, Troy, Michigan
  • "Increase Your FLSA Budget—the Government Did," Warner Norcross Human Resources Seminar, April 20, 2015, Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • “How to Handle and Properly Document Discipline and Discharge Issues,” Warner Norcross Human Resources Seminar, April 22, 2014, Grand Rapids, Michigan

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