Ryan C. Chapoteau

New York Metro
New York City

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Ryan C. Chapoteau


Ryan C. Chapoteau is a principal in the New York City, New York, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. His practice focuses on representing employers ranging from early stage startups to Fortune 50 companies throughout a broad spectrum of industries in workplace law matters. 

Ryan has experience litigating in federal court, state court and before administrative agencies, while also appearing regularly at arbitrations and mediations. Ryan defends employers in a wide variety of employment matters, such as discrimination, disability and leave management, harassment, and retaliation claims as well as wage and hour cases. Ryan’s experience includes single-plaintiff litigation along with collective and class action lawsuits.

Ryan also ensures his clients receive up-to-date guidance on applicable federal, state, and local labor and employment laws to provide preventative advice and counseling, ranging from Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family Medical Leave Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, the New York State Human Rights Law, the New York State Labor Law, and the New York City Human Rights Law. He also counsels clients on all aspects of their employment relationships, including developing and implementing human resources policies, conducting workplace investigations and trainings, issuing discipline, as well as providing insight on relevant industry trends.

Prior to joining Jackson Lewis, Ryan worked at a worldwide law firm and received a client service award while concentrating on insurance coverage and employment law matters.

While in law school, Ryan participated in the Boston University Civil Litigation Program where he litigated matters concerning employment, housing, family and disability law. He also served as an Articles Editor for the university’s Public Interest Law Journal.  Ryan graduated law school with honors in a concentration in Litigation and Dispute Resolution.

Outside of work, Ryan devotes his time to mentoring students from his alma matters, Phillips Academy, Muhlenberg College, and Boston University, as well as supporting Prep for Prep, a not-for-profit organization focused on the educational advancement of minority youth in New York City.

Honors and Recognitions

  • New York Super Lawyers®, "Rising Stars" (2015-present)

Professional Associations and Activities

  • Boston University School of Law Alumni Executive Committee
  • Boston University School of Law Young Alumni Council of New York, Founding Member
  • National Employment Law Council
  • New York City Bar Association

Published Works

  • “New York Attorney General:  Last Call for Unpaid Shifts,” New York Law Journal (June 2015) [Co-author]
  • “Dodd-Frank and International Whistleblower Claims,” New York Law Journal (October 2014 [Co-author]
  • “Extended Whistleblower Protections Create More Liability for Companies,” New York Law Journal (March 2014) [Co-author]
  • “Of Lance Armstrong and Arbitration Panels,” Law360 (December 2013) [Author]
  • “Diving Into the Deep End:  N.Y. Courts Tackle Tip Pooling,” New York Law Journal (November 2013) [Co-author]