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Ryan P. Lessmann

Office Managing Principal
Denver

P 303-225-2418
F 303-892-5575
Ryan.Lessmann@jacksonlewis.com

Biography

Ryan Lessmann is the Office Managing Principal of the Denver, Colorado, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. He practices primarily in the area of employment litigation, including representing employers against claims alleging discrimination, retaliation, and wrongful termination, matters involving trade secret protection, restrictive covenants and unfair competition, and various contract issues.

Mr. Lessmann also counsels and defends employers in wage and hour compliance matters. Prior to joining Jackson Lewis, Mr. Lessmann was an associate at a large Denver law firm practicing in the areas of employment and general commercial litigation.

Following law school, Mr. Lessmann served as a judicial clerk to The Honorable Nathan B. Coats of the Colorado Supreme Court. During law school, Mr. Lessmann was a summer clerk for the Honorable John Kane, U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado. Mr. Lessmann also served as an articles editor for the Colorado Journal of International Environmental Law and Policy, a research assistant to Professor Carolyn Ramsey, and a legal writing teacher’s assistant.

In his spare time, Mr. Lessmann enjoys spending time with his wife and three children, competing in various athletic endeavors, and recreating in Colorado’s mountains.

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Published Works

  • "New Colorado Law Allows Employees to Take Leave to Care for Civil Union and Domestic Partners," Law Week Colorado (May 2013)
  • "The Case for Heightened Protections on the Galapagos Islands" Colo. J. Intl. Entl.L & Pol’y 15.117 (January 2004) [Author]
  • "The Meaning of “Loss” under the Commercial Crime Policy" [Co-Author]
  • "Current Protections on the Galapagos Islands are Inadequate: the International Maritime Organization Should Declare the Islands a Particularly Sensitive Sea Area," Colorado Journal of International Environmental Law and Policy

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August 15, 2019
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The Best Lawyers in America 2020 Honors Jackson Lewis Attorneys

August 15, 2019

WHITE PLAINS, NY (August 15, 2019) Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the country’s preeminent workplace law firms, is pleased to announce more than 210 attorneys throughout the firm’s locations have been recognized in the 2020 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America, a publication that has become universally regarded as a definitive... Read More

March 28, 2019
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Three Jackson Lewis Attorneys Named 2019 Client Service All-Stars

March 28, 2019

WHITE PLAINS, NY (March 28, 2019) Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the country’s preeminent workplace law firms, is pleased to announce Principals David G. Islinger, Ryan P. Lessmann and Daniel D. Schudroff have been recognized by The BTI Consulting Group as 2019 Client Service All-Stars. According to BTI, the Client Service All-Stars deliver... Read More

August 15, 2018
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Jackson Lewis Attorneys Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America© 2019

August 15, 2018

WHITE PLAINS, NY (August 15, 2018) Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the country’s preeminent workplace law firms, is pleased to announce more than 200 attorneys throughout the firm’s locations have been named to the 2019 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America©, a publication that has become universally regarded as a definitive guide to legal... Read More

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August 23, 2019

Colorado Labor Agency Proposes Revisions to Wage Rules that Include Bar on Vacation Pay Forfeiture

August 23, 2019

The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE) has proposed amendments to its Wage Protection Act Rules (Proposed WPA Rules) that include a prohibition against forfeiture of vacation pay under the Colorado Wage Claim Act (CWCA). CDLE adopted the Proposed WPA Rules as temporary rules effective as of August 20, 2019, and... Read More

August 5, 2019

Colorado Employer’s Vacation Policy that Included Forfeiture Provision Upheld

August 5, 2019

An employer’s vacation policy did not violate the Colorado Wage Claim Act (CWCA), despite stating that employees forfeit earned vacation pay if they are discharged or quit without giving two weeks’ notice, the Colorado Court of Appeals has held. Nieto v. Clark’s Market, Inc., 2019 COA 98 (Colo. App. June 27, 2019). Background... Read More

June 21, 2019

Colorado Enacts ‘Ban the Box’ Legislation to Take Effect in September 2019

June 21, 2019

In an effort to prevent persons with criminal records from being automatically ruled out for job vacancies, Colorado Governor Jared Polis has signed “ban the box” legislation. The new law will go into effect in September 2019 for employers with at least 11 employees, and employers with fewer than 11 employees have until September 2021 to... Read More

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