Mike Ryder is a partner at Swift Currie with more than 30 years of experience practicing primarily in the area of workers’ compensation defense. He handles significant legal matters for employers and insurers.

Mike is skilled in every aspect of worker’s compensation defense, including interviewing witnesses, crafting settlements, facilitating mediations and aggressively defending clients in the courtroom.

Whether he is developing a creative strategy to solve their legal needs or educating employers on how to effectively train their employees, Mike puts his clients’ legal objectives at the forefront of his priorities. He uses his vast knowledge of Georgia’s workers’ compensation laws to represent his clients in the most efficient and cost-effective manner and, when possible, counsel them on how to avoid litigation in the first place.


  • American Staffing Association
  • Atlanta Bar Association
  • Georgia Forestry Association
  • Georgia Poultry Federation
  • Georgia Staffing Association
  • National Association of Professional Employment Organization
  • National Association of Workers’ Compensation Judiciary
  • Southeastern Wood Producers Association
  • State Bar of Georgia
  • The Florida Bar


Outside of the office, Mike has served as chairman of the Board of Education for Christ the King Catholic School. He also served as a board member and legal adviser for Amigos for Christ Charitable Foundation and helped them with installing water systems and animal husbandry projects in rural Nicaragua. Additionally, Mike spends his free time developing a hybrid pepper for his annual hot sauce production of "Rough Ryder Hot Sauce."


Practice Areas

Bar Admittances

  • Georgia
  • Florida


University of Florida Fredric F. Levin College of Law (J.D., 1987)

University of Florida (B.A., 1983)

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