Since 2000, Ryan Blackstone-Gardner has practiced law in state, federal, bankruptcy and tribal courts in the areas of employment, business, intellectual property and general civil litigation. He has extensive experience in every aspect of these areas of law, including all areas of discovery, mediation, law and motion, trial preparation and the trial of cases, as well as defending matters through binding arbitrations.
The primary focus of Mr. Blackstone-Gardner's current practice is the provision of wide-ranging legal services to employers, including publicly-traded and privately-owned businesses and public entities, including the defense of employment litigation, counseling in the areas of responding to threatened whistleblower retaliation claims, workplace violence, compliance with company policies and procedures, accommodations for and responding to employee medical leaves of absence, workplace privacy issues, responding to employee complaints of harassment, discrimination and retaliation, and on wage and hour issues. He conducts workplace investigations and audits and responds to agency charges and investigations, including those conducted by the Equal Opportunity Employment Commission, Department of Fair Employment & Housing, Labor Workforce Development Agency, Division of Labor Standards Enforcement, Employment Development Department, the Franchise Tax Board, Department of Labor, Occupational Safety & Health Administration (state and federal), Workers' Compensation Appeals Board, and Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board. He also provides guidance to clients to ensure their compliance with public contracting, the Brown Act, HIPAA, Stark and anti-kickback statutes. He provides interactive training for employers and employees in the areas of workplace harassment, discrimination and retaliation, promoting workplace cultures free of such conduct.
As a registered patent attorney before the United States Patent and Trademark Office, Mr. Blackstone-Gardner represents clients in preparing and prosecuting provisional and non-provisional patent and trademark applications. He also provides representation in trademark infringement litigation and trademark cancellation proceedings.
Mr. Blackstone-Gardner also assist clients in business transactions and litigation, including real estate purchase transactions, commercial unlawful detainer proceedings, drafting licensing, non-disclosure and business consulting agreements, and assisting clients with corporate formation and maintenance of both for profit and non-profit business entities.