Louise E. Ryder

Senior Attorney I

Labor & Employment Law - Employment Litigation

Louise E. Ryder

Louise E. Ryder is a Senior Attorney in the Employment Law Group at the Spiggle Law Firm. Ms. Ryder is dedicated to advocating on behalf of employees who have had their legal rights violated and has over a decade of experience in federal and private sector employment litigation. She represents clients in complex employment litigation in federal and state courts and before administrative agencies such as the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the U.S. Merit System Protection Board (MSPB), the DC Office of Employee Appeals (OEA), and arbitral tribunals. 

Education :
J.D., American University Washington College of Law
University of Oregon School of Law
B.A., Peace and Conflict Studies, University of California, Berkeley
Court Admissions :
U.S. District Court of the District of Columbia
United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
United States Court of Federal Claims
States Admitted To Practice :
District of Columbia


Ms. Ryder’s practice focuses on pursuing complaints of discrimination based on race, color, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, identity, religion, and reprisal for reporting discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Section 1981; age discrimination under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act; disability discrimination and a failure to reasonably accommodate under the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act; whistleblower retaliation under federal and state laws; violations of wage and hour laws in Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia; and denial or interference with the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).

Prior to joining the Spiggle Law Firm, Ms. Ryder worked for more than a decade at two different top Washington, D.C. law firms that represented federal and state government and private sector employees. She earned her Juris Doctorate from American University Washington College of Law, and while there, she was President of Business Law Society and active in both the Business Law Review and Law Revue. Ms. Ryder also served as a Legal Intern at both the Department of Labor, Office of the Solicitor and at the D.C. Office of Administrative Hearings. Before transferring to American University Washington College of Law, she spent a year at the University of Oregon School of Law where she received the 2010 Equal Justice Works Summer Corps Standout Award for her work at the Legal Aid Services of Oregon and was selected for the John and Elenor Halderman Scholarship. Ms. Ryder graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with a Bachelor of Arts in Peace and Conflict Studies.

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