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C. Ryan Grondzik

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  • Grand Rapids

    t. +1.616.752.2722

    f. +1.616.752.2500


Ryan is a litigator who focuses his practice on employment litigation and white collar criminal defense.  Helping clients navigate the difficulties brought on by tricky and complex interpersonal situations is what motivates him.  “I really like the human element of criminal and employment cases and helping people through challenging times,” shared Ryan. “Every day is new and exciting and that keeps me engaged.”
Ryan synthesizes his employment and criminal expertise through his work conducting internal investigation for Warner’s clients.  Ryan regularly works with clients to provide thorough, non-disruptive investigations into internal HR matters, discrimination and retaliation claims, criminal  defense concerns, and Title IX issues. 



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


  • 2011, Michigan


  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit in 2013
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan in 2011
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan in 2015
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana in 2018

Bar Associations

  • Federal Bar Association, West Michigan Chapter
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Grand Rapids Bar Association


Labor and Employment Litigation

  • Regularly defends employers in state and federal court on a variety of discrimination, harassment and retaliation claims under both state and federal law.

  • Co-counsel for large manufacturing company obtaining summary judgment in case involving failure to hire claim.

  • Co-counsel for telecommunications provider obtaining summary judgment in case involving discrimination and FMLA retaliation claims.

  • Co-counsel for hotel chain obtaining favorable settlement in case involving ADA claim.

  • Co-counsel for large shoe manufacturer successfully obtaining resolution in contract dispute.

  • Conducts frequent internal investigations.

Commercial Litigation

  • Regularly represents clients defending a wide assortment of felony and misdemeanor criminal charges, ranging from white collar federal crimes such as interstate wire fraud and health care fraud to state-level misdemeanors such as operating while intoxicated.

  • Appears regularly in district and circuit courts in Kent, Ottawa, and Berrien counties to represent defendants at all stages of the criminal process.

  • Appointed by United States Federal District Court for the Western District of Michigan to a three-year term on its Criminal Justice Act panel, thereby defending indigent clients regularly on federal charges in front of every West Michigan federal court judge.

  • Conducts frequent internal investigations.

Honors & Awards

  • A Lawyer Helps Pro Bono Honor Roll, State Bar of Michigan, Tier 2, 2020-21
  • Named as a Michigan Super Lawyer Rising Star, 2016-Present


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
  • CJA Panel, W.D. Mich.

Community Affiliations

  • Ottawa County Head Start Program
    Board Member (2016-Present); Executive Secretary (2017-18)
  • CCL's Emerging Leaders Series
    Selected as a member of the Class of 2011

Speaking Engagements

  • "What Employers Need to Know About the OSHA Emergency Temporary Standard," Warner Webinar, November 10, 2021
  • "Managing Your Risk of COVID-19 Employment Litigation," Warner Webinar, November 20, 2020
  • "Labor and Employment Update," Warner 2020 HR Executive Panel, October 7, 2020
  • "Labor and Employment Panel," Warner 2019 HR Executive Panels, October 16, 2019, Kalamazoo, Michigan
  • "Legislative and Case Law Update," Warner Human Resources Seminar, May 7, 2019, Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • "Michigan's New Minimum Wage and Paid Medical Leave Laws," Webinar, December 19, 2018
  • "Michigan’s Minimum Wage and New Earned Sick Time Law," Legal Trends and Challenges for Higher Educational Institutions Webinar, November 29, 2018
  • "Protecting Your Business Through Non-Compete, Non-Solicitation and Confidentiality Agreements," Warner Human Resources Seminar, May 3, 2018, Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • "Wage & Hour / FLSA," Warner Human Resources Seminar, May 23, 2017, Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • "Attracting and Retaining Millennials" and "Wage/Hour and FLSA Issues," Warner Labor & Benefits Executive Panel, October 18, 2016, Kalamazoo, Michigan
  • Labor & Benefits Executive Panel, Warner Seminar, October 26, 2015, Troy, Michigan
  • "Increase Your FLSA Budget—the Government Did," Warner Human Resources Seminar, April 20, 2015, Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • “How to Handle and Properly Document Discipline and Discharge Issues,” Warner Human Resources Seminar, April 22, 2014, Grand Rapids, Michigan

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