John F. Ring provides clients with strategic business planning, particularly in negotiating and administering labor contracts, multiemployer benefit funds, and corporate restructurings. He also represents management interests in collective bargaining, employee benefits, litigation, counseling, and litigation avoidance strategies. He has an extensive background negotiating and administering collective bargaining agreements, most notably in the context of workforce restructuring and multiemployer bargaining. John serves as co-leader of the firm’s labor/management relations practice, office practice leader for the labor and employment practice, and hiring partner for the firm’s Washington, DC office.
John’s work includes serving as counsel to a number of national negotiating teams, including for the National Master Freight Agreement. Clients in the airfreight, utilities, healthcare, manufacturing, defense, and professional sports industries also seek his counsel during union representation and unfair labor practice proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).
In addition to labor-management related representation, John serves as employer co-counsel to a number of multiemployer benefits funds on the administration of pension and health and welfare funds for the trucking and maritime industries, among others. Multiemployer funds seek his service on fiduciary issues, withdrawal liability, benefits eligibility, and other ERISA issues.
In the labor and employment sector, John represents clients in US federal and state courts as well as in arbitrations under collective bargaining agreements and private alternative dispute resolution (ADR). He advises on large-scale workforce restructuring and consolidations and reduction-in-force (RIF) issues. His preventative practice extends to counseling employers on their obligations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act, and other employment statutes.
John co-authored Morgan Lewis’s ADA Resource Manual. He frequently leads presentations and training sessions on ADA, FMLA, and other employment compliance issues.
Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, 1989, J.D.
Catholic University of America, 1985, B.A.
District of Columbia
Awards and Affiliations
Member, Practice Group of the Year, Employment, Law360 (2017)
Vice Chair, Labor, ABA Section of Public Utility, Communications and Transportation Law
Recommended, Labor and employment - Labor-management relations, The Legal 500 US (2008, 2014, 2016, 2017)
President, Friends of the National Zoo Board of Directors
Winner, The National Law Journal’s Litigation Department of the Year – Labor and Employment (2014)