Ramya Ravindran joined Bredhoff & Kaiser in 2007 and re-joined the Firm in 2019. Ramya is an experienced litigator who has represented labor unions, employee benefit funds, and other organizations in a wide range of matters in state and federal courts in both appellate and trial-court matters. Her work includes litigating on behalf of clients on First Amendment and other constitutional claims, labor law, ERISA, RICO, union governance, trusteeships, breach-of-fiduciary-duty cases, common-law tort and contract matters, and employment issues.
Ramya has written or co-authored briefs in the United States Supreme Court, seven federal courts of appeal, numerous federal and state trial courts, the National Labor Relations Board, and other administrative and arbitral tribunals. She has argued cases in multiple federal courts of appeal and in a wide variety of motion proceedings at the trial level in federal and state courts. She has also represented clients in jury trials, administrative hearings, and arbitrations.
In addition to her litigation practice, Ramya advises multiemployer benefit funds and trustees on a wide range of legal issues relating to employee benefits, including plan administration and design, regulatory and compliance issues, fiduciary-responsibility questions, collections matters, and withdrawal liability. Ramya’s benefits practice involves both health and welfare benefit plans and qualified retirement plans.
From 2015-2018, Ramya was Deputy General Counsel for the National Basketball Players Association, where her practice included collective bargaining, grievance arbitrations, contract negotiation and drafting, and union governance and compliance matters.
Ramya graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School in 2004. Prior to initially joining Bredhoff & Kaiser, Ramya served as a law clerk to the Honorable Rosemary S. Pooler on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and practiced as a litigation associate at a large law firm in Chicago. Ramya graduated magna cum laude from Rice University in 2001 with a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science.
Ramya is a member of the bars of the District of Columbia and New York. In 2020, Ramya was elected to the Board of Governors of the District of Columbia Bar.