Nathan (Nate) R. Ring
I grew up in and around the labor movement as my parents were members of the United Auto Workers (UAW) and United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW). Some of my earliest memories are of chasing my sister and cousin around the UAW Local 735 union hall while my dad was in a meeting. I spent a lot of time as a kid on picket lines, sometimes when my parents were on strike and sometimes when they were not, but other workers were — a true lesson in solidarity. It is precisely in those formative years that I grew to love the labor movement. Today, I focus my practice of law on the representation of labor unions and workers.
Nate Ring joined Branstetter, Stranch & Jennings as a member in 2022 and oversees the firm’s Las Vegas office. He concentrates his practice in the areas of labor, employment, ERISA and election law. He has represented working people and their unions across Nevada, Oregon and Washington.
Mr. Ring serves as counsel to the Nevada State AFL-CIO, Southern Nevada Building Trades Unions, the Building and Construction Trades Council of Northern Nevada, and numerous local unions. He has also served as counsel for numerous union-affiliated political action committees. He represents clients in federal and state trial and appellate courts before administrative agencies, in arbitrations and mediations, and in the negotiation of collective bargaining agreements.
Mr. Ring earned his B.A. in public affairs in 2007 from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. During his undergraduate studies, he managed and worked on Democratic political campaigns and interned for United States Senator Debbie Stabenow. He graduated cum laude in 2010 from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, William S. Boyd School of Law. During law school, he served as an elected officer of the Student Bar Association and as a law clerk for the UAW legal department. He was awarded the Dean’s Graduation Award for Outstanding Achievement and Contribution to the Law School.
Following law school, Mr. Ring clerked for a Nevada District Court Judge, then began his practice of law in the representation of labor unions and employee benefit trust funds. In 2015, he received the Go-to Guy Award from the Nevada State AFL-CIO for advice and counsel provided to the state federation and its affiliates during the 2015 legislative session. He is a member of the AFL-CIO Union Lawyers Alliance, and was recognized as a Super Lawyers Rising Star in Labor and Employment Law from 2014 – 2020.
A native of Michigan, Mr. Ring resides in Las Vegas with his wife, Nevada State Senate Majority Leader Nicole Cannizzaro, and their infant son, Case. When not practicing law, Nate enjoys spending time with his family, watching sports and playing an occasional round of golf.
Areas of Practice
- University of Nevada, Las Vegas, William S. Boyd School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 2010
- Competitor, Conrad Duberstein Bankruptcy Moot Court Competition
- Secretary, Student Bar Association
- Wayne State University, B.A., Public Affairs, 2007
- Nevada, 2010
- Washington, 2013
- Oregon, 2017
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 2011
- U.S. District Court – District of Nevada, 2011
- U.S. District Court Western District of Washington, 2013
- U.S. District Court Eastern District of Washington, 2014
- U.S. District Court – District of Oregon, 2017
- Lehman v. Nelson, 943 F.3d 891 (9th Cir. 2019): Represented a Taft-Hartley Pension Plan and argued before the Ninth Circuit in a matter of first impression under the Pension Protection Act of 2006.
- Glazing Health & Welfare Fund v. Lamek, 896 F.3d 908 (9th Cir. 2018): Represented multiple Taft-Hartley Trust Funds as amici in a case setting Ninth Circuit precedent on liability of owners as ERISA fiduciaries for unpaid fringe benefit contributions.
- Lehman v. Nelson, 862 F.3d 1203 (9th Cir. 2017): Represented a Taft-Hartley Pension Plan in a successful Ninth Circuit appeal of a district court decision concerning contribution reciprocity under the Pension Protection Act of 2006.
- International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Airline Division v. Allegiant Air, LLC, 788 F.3d 1080 (9th Cir. 2015): Represented an international labor union and argued before the Ninth Circuit in an appeal raising an issue of first impression concerning bargaining under the Railway Labor Act.
- W.G. Clark Construction Co. v. Pacific NW Regional Council of Carpenters, 322 P.3d 1207 (Wash. 2014): Represented a Taft-Hartley Trust Fund as amici in a case that overturned prior Washington Supreme Court precedent, which held that ERISA Trust Funds could not recover contributions through state-required contractor bonds.
- Operating Engineers Pension Trust v. Thornton Concrete Pumping, 806 F.Supp.2d 1135 (D. Nev. 2011): Successfully represented Taft-Hartley Trust Funds in obtaining a district court judgment against a general contractor for its subcontractor’s unpaid fringe benefit contributions under Nevada Revised Statutes 608.150.
Professional Honors and Activities
- Super Lawyers Rising Star, Employment and Labor Law, 2014 – 2020
- Go-to Guy Award, 2015, Nevada State AFL-CIO (awarded by the executive secretary-treasurer for representation of the labor movement during the 2015 Nevada Legislative Session)
- Young Lawyers Division Fellow, ABA Labor & Employment Law Section, 2012
- Dean’s Graduation Award for Outstanding Achievement and Contribution to the Law School, William S. Boyd School of Law, UNLV, 2010
- State Bar of Nevada
- Washington State Bar Association
- Oregon State Bar
- International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans
- AFL-CIO Union Lawyers Alliance
Presentations, Seminars and Published Works
- Speaking Engagements
- “Strategize for Conscious Capital for Turbulent Times,” Made in America Taft-Hartley Benefits Summit, 2021
- “LMRDA: An Overview,” Southern Nevada Building Trade Unions Conference, 2021
- “Update on the Substance Abuse Epidemic and Controlling Behavioral Health Costs,” Made in America Taft-Hartley Benefits Summit, 2019
- “Election Campaigns: Legal Overview,” Nevada State AFL-CIO COPE Conference, 2018