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Ryan L. Young 
Chicago, Illinois,
Senior Attorney
phone 312-629-9300
fax 312-629-9301
email ryyoung@wesselssherman.com

RYAN L. YOUNG focuses his practice by representing employers in labor and employment matters before state, federal and administrative courts. He counsels and defends employers on matters involving harassment claims, discrimination and retaliation claims, wage and hour claims, and other labor and employment issues arising under state and federal laws.

Prior to joining Wessels Sherman, Mr. Young was an attorney for Illinois Senate President John J. Cullerton where he was the lead attorney on the senate’s labor, commerce and revenue committees. In addition, Mr. Young previously worked for a management-side labor and employment law firm in Chicago where he gained substantial experience counseling employers on a variety of employment issues.

Mr. Young earned his Juris Doctorate degree from the University Of Iowa College of Law, where he was a two-time member on the school’s ABA Labor and Employment Law Trial Competition team. Mr. Young earned his Masters in Business Administration from the University of Iowa Tippie School of Management where he was Chairman of the MBA Judicial Board, leading a group of students and administrators in the drafting and enforcement of the school’s academic misconduct policy. Mr. Young earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Iowa in Business Administration.

Areas of Practice:
Federal, State, and Administrative Litigation
Employment Discrimination and Harassment Claims
Wage and Hour Claims
Employment Contract/Non-Competition Agreement Matters
Bar Admissions:
University of Iowa College of Law, Iowa City, Iowa
Juris Doctor
Honors: ABA Labor and Employment Law Trial Competition Team

University of Iowa Tippie School of Business, Iowa City, Iowa
Master of Business Administration

University of Iowa College of Business, Iowa City, Iowa
Bachelor of Business Administration

Published Works:
Hot Topics in Wage and Hour Law, Employment Law Institute 2007 (36th Annual) PLI, October, 2007

Classes/Seminars Taught:
Whose Headache Is It? Requests for intermittent FMLA leave are the most vexing problem that HR professionals encounter

The Illinois Prevailing Wage Act 101

Now It's Personal - Employment Laws that Hold Business Owners and Executives Personally Liable: there are more than you think!

Key Policies to Include in Employee Handbooks, Helping Employers in a Tough Economy

401(K) Benefit Plan Pitfalls for the New Decade, Helping Employers in a Tough Economy

Professional Associations and Memberships:
American Bar Association

Illinois Bar Association