Company: Jackson Lewis PC
Location: Sacramento, California, United States
Ryan M. Harrison Sr., Associate at Jackson Lewis PC, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Lawyers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in employment law.
Since 2021, Mr. Harrison has provided superior service as an associate attorney with Jackson Lewis PC in Sacramento, with his practice focusing on defending employers in single-plaintiff litigation matters in state and federal court and at arbitration. In addition, he has experience litigating labor disputes before the Public Employment Relations Board and litigating employee disciplinary matters and grievances in labor arbitration. As an investigator, he has conducted hundreds of neutral analyses for public and private sector employers and higher education institutions regarding issues of unlawful discrimination, retaliation, conflicts of interest, embezzlement, and government corruption.
After obtaining a Certificate of Mastery of Argentinian Culture and History, Spanish Language and Argentine Culture from Universidad Nacional de Cuyo in Argentina in 2005, Mr. Harrison continued his education with a Bachelor of Arts in sociology from the University of California, Davis in 2007. He was peace officer standards and training certified (POST) in a special investigator’s basic course by Yuba College in Marysville, California in 2009 and followed with Master of Science in Criminal Justice from California State University, Sacramento in 2011. Mr. Harris then earned a Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of California Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco in 2014.
Prior to embarking on a career in law, Mr. Harrison made an impact as a dignitary protection law enforcement officer in the California State Senate, later returning to the institution as a research policy consultant for the Senate Labor Committee, and later becoming the principal internal investigator for the Senate Rules Committee. While he was in law school, he was an extern for the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of California and competed on the #1 nationally ranked UC Hastings Moot Court competition team. Mr. Harrison also co-founded a student legislative lobbying corps that helped secure a substantial apportionment to the law school enabling the construction of a multi-building academic village in the heart of San Francisco’s Civic Center. He clerked for the firm of Hanson Bridgett LLP from 2012 to 2015 and later excelled for the city of Sacramento as a planning commissioner and board of appeals commissioner from 2018 to 2021, during which time he prospered as a labor and employment attorney for Lozano Smith in Sacramento.
Mr. Harrison’s honors include the Attorney of the Year Award from the Wiley Manuel Bar Association of Sacramento County, Distinguished Alumni Rising Star from California State University, Loren Miller Lawyer of the Year Award from the California Association of Black Lawyers (which he considers a career-best achievement for his work in police reform), National Black Lawyers, 40 Under 40 and Sacramento Business Journal, 40 Under 40.
After he began his career in law enforcement, Mr. Harrison realized that his role in this government and in society was essential, engendering a desire to go to law school. He wanted to become an attorney out of curiosity, to better understand how government functions, and also to address wrongs and injustices that occur in society. In the short term, he intends to become a partner at his current firm, and his long-term career goal is to become a federal judge in at least 10 years.
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