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Ryan Joseph Carlson

Employment and labor Attorney at San Diego, CA

5.0   3 reviews
  • Licensed for 8 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2015
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Ryan

Learn Ryan’s areas of practice.

Practice area
  1. Employment and labor
    Litigates cases involving retaliatory termination, wrongful termination, harassment, discrimination (age, sex, gender, disability, etc), wage & hour violations, and PAGA violations. Also provides advice and counseling to growing small businesses.

    9 years, 50 cases

Dedicated and Aggressive Labor & Employment Attorney in San Diego, California. Call for your FREE INITIAL CONSULTATION! Representing both employees and employers alike in matters ranging from civil litigation to CA Labor Board Claim prosecution/defense. Also provides advice and counseling services to businesses in need of guidance with respect to CA labor and employment law, document drafting (ex: contracts, employee handbooks) and human resource matters. Contact us today!  


Michael Sullivan & Associates, LLP
3838 Camino Del Rio North
Suite 250
San Diego, CA, 92108

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Posted by Chris | November 25, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Ryan is your guy!
Where do I even begin? Ryan Carlson was one of the best attorneys I have ever worked with. Ryan is hands down a tactical lawyer who understands the law of the land. Throughout the entire process, Ryan was a phone call away, ready to answer any questions, and give any guidance he could about my case. Overall, Ryan’s guidance, knowledge, and layout not only gave us a victorious result but also left me with a feeling to say I can count on them again if ever needed. Ryan is a fighter, who remains in the moment, and has empathy for the process. If you are looking for an attorney and looking for a good firm in regards to your business, or whether you are looking to get advice from an ill experience from a business - Ryan Carlson is your guy.
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Posted by Dave | September 20, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I filed a wage claim against my previous employer and decided to hire an attorney for the labor board hearing. After speaking with several attorneys, I chose Ryan for his friendliness, intelligence, and broad knowledge of labor law. He also recognizes when he doesn't know something, and instead of making assumptions, he finds out the facts. I really enjoyed working with him as we developed the strategy for the hearing. I also felt the amount of time he spent on the case, and therefore how much I was billed, was very reasonable. It was worth not only the peace of mind I had, but his presence there was instrumental to me winning my case. I highly recommend Ryan as counsel for any legal matters regarding labor law.
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Posted by Jeremy | July 31, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Employment Attorney
Working with Ryan has been a great experience. He's extremely professional, diligent, and will not rest until the task at hand is complete. I recently needed to revamp an employee handbook with labor law revisions and knew Ryan would be the perfect person for the job, even though it was extremely last minute. He broke down into layman's terms each part of the labor code so I could easily understand it and address any questions my employees might have. I highly recommend working with Ryan and know we'll be needing his services again in the near future during these pertinent growth stages.
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  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 400-550 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 7.5 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Associate Attorney
  • Callahan Thompson Sherman & Caudill, LLP
  • 2019 - Present
  • Associate Attorney
  • Law Offices of Douglas F. Walters
  • 2016 - 2019


  • Thomas Jefferson SOL
  • Juris Doctor
  • 2015
  • Coastal Carolina Univ.
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2012

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Shapiro v. CSA Travel Protection and Insurance Services, et al
  • Verdict in favor of Plaintiffs for $1,114,000 (plus attorneys fees in an amount yet to be determined)
  • Bennett v. Rancho California Water District
  • Verdict for Plaintiff currently pending on appeal


  • California Employment Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • Consumer Attorneys of San Diego
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • San Diego County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Speaking Engagements

  • Professional and Career Development Seminar
  • The Importance of Professional Networking
  • 2018

Attorney endorsements

Received (4)
Given (7)
Endorse Ryan
Landlord or tenant Attorney | Feb 25
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I worked with Ryan Carlson on a complex mobile home park case involving utility issues and analysis of utility data. He was able to analyze the data and present concise and persuasive evidence to support his clients' position. I admire his skills as a litigator, and endorse him without reservation."
Employment and labor Attorney | Jul 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ryan is a zealous advocate and will work hard to help his clients with whatever situation they are facing. He is smart, creative, and driven to succeed."
Employment and labor Attorney | Jul 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Carlson is a compassionate, aggressive, and knowledgeable attorney who goes above and beyond for his clients needs. He works tirelessly, and ethically, to make sure the job gets done. I highly recommend Mr. Carlson toanyone in need of an employment and labor attorney."
Litigation Attorney | Jul 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."