Ryan Bautz represents clients involved in civil litigation in Maryland and District of Columbia courts, helps employers comply with federal and state labor and employment laws, and offers representation to federal workers in disciplinary and equal employment matters before federal agencies, the Merit Systems Protection Board, and the EEOC.
Ryan has assisted clients from a range of industries, including manufacturers, retailers, insurers, school boards, non-profits, and healthcare and social services providers, who have faced tort, contract, and consumer claims. Many of his cases have involved catastrophic personal injury or property damage. He has served as first and second chair counsel in state and federal jury trials, as lead counsel on appeals to the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals and Maryland Court of Special Appeals, and has guided clients under investigation by the EEOC, state and local civil rights commissions, and the U.S. Office of Special Counsel.
After twelve years as an attorney with the firm, Ryan served as a Department of the Army civilian attorney for the U.S. Army Installation Management Command’s Pacific Directorate and Headquarters, U.S. Army Pacific. There he advised on federal labor and employment, administrative law, procurement, and ethics matters and represented the Army in MSPB, EEOC, and OSC proceedings. Before joining ACK, Ryan clerked for the Honorable Joseph H.H. Kaplan, then Chief Judge of the Circuit Court for Baltimore City.
Representative Cases and Reported Opinions
- Drafted winning summary judgment motion for electrical contractor based on Maryland's statute of repose in lawsuit seeking in excess of $3 million for fire damage.
- Successfully defended federal suit against real estate developer sued for wrongful death of child trespasser on construction site.
- Successfully enforced forum selection clause in international sales contract under the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods, resulting in dismissal of action.
- Obtained summary judgment in wrongful death case brought against the alleged successor in interest of corporation that manufactured defective machinery involved in crushing death of employee.
- Obtained dismissal with prejudice of wrongful death and survival action asserted against non-profit adoption agency.
- Obtained dismissal with prejudice of lawsuit based on licensed social worker's statutory immunity when reporting suspected child abuse to authorities.
- Drafted winning summary judgment motion in favor of machine maintenance company in case filed by employee that had lost hand when using a paper shredder.
- Obtained summary judgment for retail store in alleged case of police brutality on the grounds that plaintiff had no evidence that store's loss prevention officer knowingly supplied false information to authorities. Plaintiff alleged that loss prevention officer's false report of crime lead to his detention, arrest and assault by police.
- Defended employer in multi-million dollar disability and retirement benefits dispute under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974. Case involved claimed entitlement to future disability and health benefits, alleged bad faith and breaches of fiduciary duty on the part of plan administrators, and claimed civil penalties under ERISA.
- Successfully defended a local school board against the claim of a former employee who was ineligible for continued health benefits upon retirement.
- Represented surplus lines insurance carrier in a first-party coverage dispute stemming from a fire loss. Case involved issues of retail agent negligence in scheduling commercial building coverage and alleged first-party bad faith.
- Defended individual tenants from multi-million claim of subrogated insurance carrier involving catastrophic mold and water damage to a historic property. Case involved significant risk of excess exposure.
- Defended warranty and consumer claims for leading automobile manufacturer and leading automobile retailer.
- Represented clients in discrimination claims involving alleged violations of Title VII, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and other federal, state and local anti-discrimination statutes.
- Maryland Super Lawyers Rising Star (2011-2017)
- Department of the Army Civilian Service Commendation Medal
Professional Associations / Memberships
- Maryland State Bar Association
- J. Dudley Digges Inn of Court
- University of Maryland School of Law (J.D., with honor, 2003)
- Member, Moot Court Board
- Community Scholar Prize
- Virginia Tech (B.S., magna cum laude, 2000)
- Al Steiss Book Award
- District of Columbia
- U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit