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practice accolades

Labor & Employment

The American Lawyer Magazine's Litigation Department of the Year – Labor and Employment Law Finalist 2004, Winner 2006, Finalist 2008, Finalist 2010, and Finalist 2012

Listed in the highest tier for National Labor and Employment Practice in Chambers USA 2014

Ranked in the top tier by The Legal 500 for Labor and Employment Litigation, ERISA Litigation, Labor-Management Relations, and Workplace and Employment Counseling (2014)

Named Employment Practice Group of the Year by Law360 (2014)

Named a top 5 firm for employment in BTI's Litigation Outlook 2014 report

Ranked, National Tier 1: Employment Law – Management, Labor Law – Management, and Litigation – Labor & Employment by U.S. News and Best Lawyers (2011-2012) 

Ranked #1 for "Most Prestigious" Labor and Employment Practice, Vault 2012 Associate Survey

Labor-Management Relations & Labor Disputes

Ranked, National Tier 1: Labor Law - Management, U.S. News and Best Lawyers (2010)

honors + affiliations

Vice Chair, Labor, ABA Section of Public Utility, Communications and Transportation Law

Noted in The Legal 500 for Labor and Employment—Management Relations (2008, 2014)

President, Friends of the National Zoo Board of Directors

Winner, The National Law Journal’s Litigation Department of the Year – Labor and Employment (2014)

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John F. Ring

Washington, D.C.
1111 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20004-2541
United States
Phone: +1.202.739.5096
Fax: +1.202.739.3001

John F. Ring is a partner in Morgan Lewis's Labor and Employment Practice. He is also the office practice group leader for the Labor and Employment Practice and the hiring partner for the Washington, D.C. office. Mr. Ring's practice focuses on advising clients in connection with strategic business planning with a particular emphasis on the negotiation and administration of labor contracts, multiemployer benefit funds, and corporate restructurings. He represents management interests in collective bargaining, employee benefits, litigation, counseling, and litigation avoidance strategies.

Mr. Ring has an extensive background in the negotiation and administration of numerous collective bargaining agreements, most notably the multiemployer agreement in the trucking industry. He has served as a member of the national negotiating team for the National Master Freight Agreement, and he has been involved in a number of other negotiations in a variety of industries, including airfreight, utilities, health care, manufacturing, the defense industry, and professional sports. He has represented clients in numerous proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board, both in union representation and unfair labor practice cases.

Mr. Ring serves as counsel to a number of multiemployer benefit funds and has handled matters in pension and health & welfare fund administration in the trucking, maritime, and other industries. He advises multiemployer funds on all aspects of ERISA, including fiduciary issues, withdrawal liability, and benefits eligibility.

Mr. Ring's background also extends to labor and employment litigation, in both federal state courts and in arbitrations under collective bargaining agreements and private ADR.

Mr. Ring also has advised a number of clients on large-scale workforce restructuring and consolidations and has had extensive dealings with reduction-in-force issues.

Mr. Ring also counsels employers about their obligations under the Americans with Disabilities Act, Family and Medical Leave Act, Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act, and other employment statutes. He co-authored the firm's ADA Resource Manual and has given numerous presentations and training sessions on the ADA, FMLA, and other employment compliance issues.

Mr. Ring is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia and Connecticut.


  • Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, 1989, J.D.
  • Catholic University of America, 1985, B.A.