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Ryan P. McCarthy’s legal career has been singularly focused on fiercely advocating for the legal rights of working people and their unions and benefit funds. Prior to founding Goodley McCarthy, Ryan worked at a union-side labor and employee benefits firm in Philadelphia. While there, he successfully represented workers in wage and hour disputes, union benefit funds in ERISA litigation, and labor unions in various matters including prevailing wage and duty of fair representation litigation.  Prior to that, Ryan served as an Attorney Advisor in the United States Department of Labor, Office of Administrative Law Judges, where he handled cases arising under employee whistleblower protection statutes such as the Federal Railroad Safety Act and Surface Transportation Assistance Act, as well as coal miner cases for Black Lung Benefits.  


While in law school, Ryan earned the awards for Best Overall Performance in the areas of Labor Law, The First Amendment, and Race and the Law.  He was also selected for a Peggy Browning Fellowship at Sheet Metal Workers Local Union No. 19 where he worked on collective bargaining issues and matters arising under the National Labor Relations Act and Pennsylvania Prevailing Wage Act.  Ryan also clerked at the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission, was a student-attorney on the Drexel Community Lawyering Clinic’s employment law team, and was a member of Drexel Law’s Moot Court Board.


Ryan was born and raised in a Philadelphia union family, and is proud to advocate on behalf of working people and their unions.  



Ryan’s litigation successes as lead or co-lead counsel include:


Vox Media, Inc. Wage and Hour Litigation, Nos. 17-cv-1791, 19-cv-160, 20-cv-1793 (D.D.C.) ($4 Million omnibus class/collective action settlement covering over 500 class members in three related independent contractor misclassification suits brought under the FLSA and California and New Jersey law);


United States ex rel. IBEW Local Union No. 98 v. Farfield Co., No. 5:09-cv-04230 (E.D. Pa.) (judgment of $2,488,474.62 on behalf of Relator and United States in False Claims Act lawsuit premised on Davis-Bacon Act wage violations; case currently under appeal);

$337,000 settlement in FLSA arbitration on behalf of four emergency responders;

Juisti v. City of Chester, No. 18-2317, 2019 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 160595 (E.D. Pa. 2019) (summary judgment dismissal of breach of duty of fair representation suit brought against a labor union);


Bd. of Trs., Roofers Union Local 30 Combined Health & Welfare Fund v. Hughes Urethane Constr. Co., No. 19-1820, 2020 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 204654 (E.D. Pa. 2020) (summary judgment for union benefit funds and against the employer resulting in $225,000 judgment in favor of the funds);


Int'l Painters & Allied Trades Indus. Pension Fund v. Madison Coatings Co., Inc., No. 17-1559, 2019 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 188759 (D. Md. 2019) (summary judgment in favor of union benefits funds and against the employer for $126,353.87 in benefit fund contributions and other damages).


Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

Supreme Court of New Jersey

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania

U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania

U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey

U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit


Drexel University, Thomas R. Kline School of Law, Juris Doctor, 2016

Temple University, Bachelor of Arts (History), 2012 


AFL-CIO Union Lawyers Alliance, Member

Labor & Employment Committee of the National Lawyers Guild, Steering Committee

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