Ryan Avery joined MIRAGEAS & AVERY in 2012, where he works to resolve real estate, construction and employment disputes on behalf of both individual and corporate clients throughout the Northeast.
Ryan has litigated nearly every type of labor and employment claim recognized under state and federal law during his career, including claims for breach of contract, unpaid wages, discrimination, retaliation, and wrongful termination. He has recovered millions of dollars for individual employees while successfully defending many small and medium-sized businesses against meritless claims. Ryan is also regularly called upon to draft and review executive employment contracts, non-competition agreements, separation agreements and personnel manuals for individual and corporate clients.
In addition to overseeing most of the firm’s labor and employment litigation, Ryan represents developers, contractors, material suppliers and homeowners in a wide range of construction and real estate litigation matters including claims for defective and dangerous building conditions, time and cost overruns, lien and bond claims, land use/title disputes and zoning/permitting appeals.
Ryan has successfully tried both civil and criminal cases to verdict in the courts of Massachusetts. He has also participated in successful mediation, conciliation and arbitration proceedings before the American Arbitration Association, the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination and other dispute resolution agencies.
Ryan is well-versed in Massachusetts administrative procedure, and has successfully represented clients before a variety of state agencies including the Department of Environmental Protection, the State Retirement Board, the Division of Unemployment Assistance, the Division of Administrative Law Appeals, the Department of Labor Relations, and the Division of Public Licensure. He is an appointed Hearing Officer for the Massachusetts Board of Bar Overseers, which oversees disciplinary proceedings brought against individual attorneys.
In 2020, Ryan was appointed as a Special Prosecutor for the Middle District (Worcester County) by District Attorney Joseph D. Early, Jr. He is a member of the Massachusetts Bar Association’s House of Delegates and a co-chair of the MBA’s Real Estate Section Council.
Ryan lives in Charlton with his wife Sarah and son Thomas.
- Massachusetts (2010)
- New York (2010)
- Rhode Island (2014)
- U.S. District Court (D-Mass.) (2012)
- U.S. Federal Court of Claims (2016)
- Massachusetts Bar Association
- Member, House of Delegates
- Co-chair, Real Estate Section Council
- Mock Trial Competition Judge
- Worcester County Tiered Mentoring Program (2017-2019)
- Rhode Island Bar Association
- Worcester County Bar Association
- Chair, Professional Responsibility Committee
- Executive Committee Member (2017-2021)
- Former Chair, Superior Court and Labor & Employment Committees (2014-2021)
Community and Volunteer Associations
- St. Thomas More Society of Worcester County
- Town of Oxford Zoning Board of Appeals (2014 – 2019)
- Vice Chairman, 2017-2019
- Chairman, Town of Oxford Town Manager Selection Committee (2018)
- Town of Milford Industrial Development Commission (2017 – 2019)
- Alternatives Unlimited, Inc. (now Open Sky Community Services)
- Volunteer Member, Milford Advisory Council (2016 – 2018)
- Volunteer Member, Club 21 (2014 – 2018)
Honors and Awards
- Thomson Reuters SuperLawyers – Rising Stars (2019, 2020, 2021)
- Worcester County Bar Association President’s Award (2020)
- B.A., International Studies, magna cum laude, American University, 2007
- Presidential Scholarship
- J.D., Suffolk University Law School, 2010
- Transnational Law Review
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