Ryan Wu, Senior Counsel
1875 Century Park East, Suite 1000
Los Angeles, CA 90067
P: 310.556.4177 | F: 310.943.0396
Ryan Wu is a senior counsel with Capstone Law and is primarily responsible for complex motion work and supervising court approval of class action settlements. Ryan handles many of the most challenging legal issues facing Capstone’s clients, including opposing defendants’ efforts to decertify or overturn certified class actions, the scope and operation of Labor Code Private Attorneys General Act (“PAGA”), contested attorneys’ fees motions, and responding to objectors to class action settlements. He authored the appellate briefs in Baumann v. Chase Inv. Servs. Corp., 747 F.3d 1117 (9th Cir. 2014), where, on an issue of first impression, the Ninth Circuit sided with the plaintiffs in holding that PAGA actions are state enforcement actions not covered by the Class Action Fairness Act. Ryan was recently recognized as one of the winners of the 2015 California Lawyer Attorneys of the Year (CLAY) Awards for his work on Iskanian v. CLS Transportation Los Angeles, 59 Cal. 4th 348 (2014), a high-profile ruling from the California Supreme Court that preserves employees’ right to pursue a representative action for wage claims under PAGA, notwithstanding a representative action waiver in an arbitration agreement.
Ryan began his career litigating international commercial disputes and commercial actions governed by the Uniform Commercial Code. He graduated from the University of Michigan Law School in 2001, where he was an associate editor of the Michigan Journal of Law Reform and contributor to the law school newspaper. He received his undergraduate degree in political science with honors from the University of California, Berkeley. Ryan is co-author of “Iskanian v. CLS Transportation: Employees’ Perspective” published in the California Labor & Employment Bar Review.
Ryan is admitted to practice law in California and before the United States District Court for the Northern, Eastern, Central, and Southern Districts of California and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and is fluent in Mandarin Chinese.