Ryan J. Funk



Ryan Funk represents and advises management on labor and employment issues in both union and non-union settings. He brings to the table eight years of experience as a field examiner and field attorney with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).

Labor Lawyer

Ryan's years of experience at the NLRB benefit clients when he tackles thorny traditional labor law matters such as union organizing campaigns, representation proceedings, collective bargaining, union jurisdictional disputes, picketing and strike activity, and Unfair Labor Practice (ULP) proceedings. He understands the agency’s policies, practices and procedures.

Employment Counselor and Litigator

Ryan advises clients on employment-related matters, pragmatically devising options that balance business and legal needs. When clients are faced with employment litigation, Ryan defends them in federal and state courts and before administrative agencies.

Past Experience

While in law school, Ryan worked as a consultant to the International Labor Organization’s Washington, D.C. office.


Bar Admissions





Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law
J.D. (2013)

Indiana University
B.A. in Political Science (2007)

Insights & Events

Other Perspectives
  • Developing Labor Law: The Board, the Courts, and the National Labor Relations Act
    Associate Chapter Editor, 2016-present
  • How to Take a Case Before the NLRB
    Chapter Editor, 2020 
  • What Ag Retailers Need To Know About CARES, SBA, Paid Leave
    Webinar, Agricultural Retailers Association, April 2020
  • John Ring Completes NLRB and Announces Joint Employer Plans
    HR Memo, Indiana Manufacturers Association, July 2018 
  • The NLRB’s Babcock & Wilcox Decision and the Frustration of National Labor Policy
    Contributor, ABA Section of Labor & Employment Law, Development of the Law Under the NLRA, Naples, Florida, February 2016

Firm Blog Contributions

  • LaborSphere – a resource providing coverage and insights on breaking cases, recently enacted legislation and a broad range of labor issues

Leadership & Community

Pro Bono

  • Prepared final stages of pro bono client's free speech claim for jury trial in Southern District of Indiana

Professional Associations

  • Indiana State Bar Association — Employment & Labor Section Council, 2009-present (Chair, 2022)
  • American Bar Association — Development of the Law Under the National Labor Relations Act Committee
  • American Bar Association — Practice and Procedure Under the National Labor Relations Act Committee

Civic Activities

  • Indiana Landmarks — Real Estate Committee, January 2017-present
  • Indiana State Fairgrounds & Event Center — Community Advisory Group, April 2017-19
  • Mapleton-Fall Creek Development Corporation — Board, 2015-19 (Community Building Committee, Chair, 2016-18)
  • Mapleton-Fall Creek Neighborhood Association — Board, 2014-18 (President, 2016-17)


  • Faegre Baker Daniels – Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2017
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana — Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2016
  • Indiana University School of Law — Edward P. Archer Labor Law Award; Equal Justice Works Chapter (President)
  • Indiana University — Herman B Wells Scholar
Awards Methodology
No aspect of these recognitions has been approved by the highest court of any state.
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