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Biography

Ron’s practice includes a variety of areas, including professional and general liability defense, healthcare litigation, higher education, commercial litigation, sports and entertainment, and estate planning and administration. Ron is a Senior Member of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court Disciplinary Hearing Committee. He leverages this experience in the defense of various healthcare providers in Pennsylvania Department of State licensure investigations, as well as the defense of higher education institutions in different types of agency investigations including, but not limited to, accreditation and deceptive trade practices. Ron also has a proven ability to review, draft, and negotiate various contracts and complex transactions. He always keeps in mind the best interests of his clients and how the outcome of a case will affect them.

Ron was named a 2015 “Lawyer on the Fast Track” by The Legal Intelligencer and then received the Allegheny Bar Foundation’s 2016 Young Professional Award of Excellence. It’s no surprise that he has been named a Pennsylvania Super Lawyers® Rising Star in 2017 and 2018, as well as a 2020 “Pennsylvania Trailblazer” by The Legal Intelligencer.

Ron received his Juris Doctor and Master of Business Administration from Howard University School of Law and Business in 2008. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in sociology from University of California, Los Angeles in 2002.

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Work History

Prior Work Experience

Jackson Kelly PLLC (2019-2021)

Dickie, McCamey & Chilcote, P.C., Member (2007-2019)

Los Angeles County District Attorney, Summer Law Clerk (2005)

Experience

Legal Work Highlights

Assisted in securing defense verdicts for Pennsylvania hospitals in medical malpractice claims including, but not limited to, the alleged: failure to diagnose; lack of informed consent; and negligent insertion of IV.

Obtained successful outcome for client regarding sports agency separation and contract dispute.

Obtained successful outcome for client regarding marketing agency separation and contract dispute.

Reviewed and provided consultation services regarding employment contracts.

Represented, negotiated, and provided consultation services for clients in sports and entertainment industry.

Obtained successful outcome for client in non-compete dispute.

Acquired successful dismissals of complaints against healthcare providers in Pennsylvania Department of State Board Investigations.

Obtained successful dismissal for university regarding accreditation matter.

Obtained favorable outcome for healthcare provider and practice regarding alleged violation of HIPAA.

Secured favorable outcomes for Pennsylvania hospitals in multi-party, medical malpractice claims.

Secured favorable outcomes for Pennsylvania hospitals in invasion of privacy actions.

Represented clients in landlord-tenant matters, divorces, expungements, and real estate matters through pro bono programs.

Court-appointed as Guardium ad Litem (now Best Interest Attorneys) on behalf of various minor children.

Education

Law School

Howard University School of Law, J.D., 2008

Graduate School

Howard University School of Business, M.B.A., 2008

Undergraduate School

University of California, Los Angeles, B.A., Sociology, 2002

Bar Memberships

Ron is licensed to practice in the following state(s):

Pennsylvania

Courts

Ron is admitted to practice before the following court(s):

Pennsylvania, 2008

Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, 2008

U.S. District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania, 2008

Recognition

Local & National Recognition

The Best Lawyers in America®, Commercial Litigation, 2024

Named to The Legal Intelligencer’s List of 2020 Pennsylvania Trailblazers

Listed in Savoy magazine’s “2018 Most Influential Black Lawyers”

Pennsylvania Super Lawyers® Rising Stars (2017-2018)

Allegheny County Bar Foundation 2016 Young Professional Award of Excellence

Elected to The Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, Hearing Committee Member (2016)

Listed as a “Lawyer on the Fast Track” by The Legal Intelligencer (2015)

Lawyers of Color “Hot List” Eastern Region Honoree (2014)

Recipient of the 5th Annual David B. Fawcett Pro Bono Award

Professional Affiliations

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA), Member
Allegheny County Bar Association Division

· Judiciary Committee

· Homer S. Brown Division

· Chair (2017-2018)

· Vice Chair (2016-2017)

· Interim Chair-Elect (2015-2016)

· Treasurer (2014-2015)

· Liaison to Board of Governors (2014-2015, 2017-2018)

· Committee for Diversity & Inclusion

· Sports Law Committee

Pennsylvania Bar Association

Civic Activities

Civic & Charitable Organizations

DePaul School for Hearing and Speech – Board Member

Neighborhood Legal Services (NLS) – Board Member

Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) – Mentor (2019-2020)

University of Pittsburgh School of Law BLSA Footprints – Mentorship Program (2008-2019)

100 Black Men – Guest Lecturer for Public Speaking Program (2015, 2016, and 2018)

Allegheny County Bar Foundation – “Pro Bono Rocks! Battle of the Bands” Committee Member (2011 and 2013)

Presentations

Ron was invited to speak at the following events:

Panelist, “Small Actions, Big Impact: Developing Skills to Become an Effective Ally,” Allegheny County Bar Association’s ACBA Bar Week, June 15, 2021

Co-presenter with Derrick L. Maultsby, Jr., “Name, Image and Likeness: Should Student Athletes Get Paid?,” West Virginia University CLE, March 19, 2021

Co-presenter, “Name, Image, and Likeness: How the Law is Changing for Student Athletes,” Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University, Jan. 2021

Co-presenter, “Race-Conscious Admission Policies – Harvard Lawsuit and Recent Litigation,” Allegheny County Bar Association CLE, Sept. 2020

Co-presenter, “I Will Survive: A Review of Consideration of Race in College and University Admissions,” Greater Pittsburgh Higher Education Diversity Consortium’s Professional Development Conference, Nov. 2019

Presenter, “The Past, Present, and Future of ‘Amateurism’ in Division I College Athletics,” Allegheny County Bar Association’s 57th Annual Bench-Bar Conference, June 2019

Moderator, “Title IX Issues on College Campuses,” Allegheny County Bar Association’s 56th Annual Bench-Bar Conference, July 2018

Panelist, “Gender Bias Discussion,” Allegheny County Bar Association’s 56th Annual Bench-Bar Conference, July 2018

Guest co-panelist, “Allegheny County Bar Association – Women in Law Division’s Anti-Bias Presentation,” University of Pittsburgh Law School, Nov. 2017

Co-presenter, “What Do You Mean They Want Metadata?!!,” American Society for Healthcare Risk Management 2016 Annual Conference, Sept. 2016

Presenter, Annual Medical Malpractice Defense Litigation Lecture, University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist Program, July 2013-2019

Co-presenter, “Current Trends in Commercial Litigation,” Pennsylvania CLE, Nov. 2015

Panelist, “Managing the Impact of Catastrophic Claims,” Transportation Panel Discussion, June 2014

Black Law Student Association (“BLSA”) Diversity Panel, University of Pittsburgh School of Law, April 2014

Lecturer/Presenter, University of Pittsburgh School of Law Health Law Practicum, April 2014, April 2017

Co-presenter, Estate Planning and Administration Presentation, Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers, Aug. 2009

Major Publications

Ron is an author or contributor to the following publications:

Co-author, “Supreme Court Sides with Student Athletes…But What Does That Mean?”, Jackson Kelly PLLC The Legal Brief, June 23, 2021

Co-author, “Higher Education Institutions the Target of Class-Action Lawsuits Amidst COVID-19 Response,” Jackson Kelly PLLC The Legal Brief, June 1, 2020

Co-author, “Pennsylvania Executive Order Grants Civil Immunity to Healthcare Providers – Important Limitations and Takeaways,” Jackson Kelly PLLC The Legal Brief, May 11, 2020

Co-author, “NCAA Eligibility Over COVID-19,” Jackson Kelly PLLC The Legal Brief, April 2, 2020

Co-author, “A Force Majeure Clause Could Cause NBA Players to go Without Pay During COVID-19 Crisis,” Jackson Kelly PLLC The Legal Brief, March 30, 2020

Author, “Narrowing the Scope of Medical Malpractice E-Discovery Requests,” The Legal Intelligencer, April 6, 2018

Author, “Use of Statutes in Professional Negligence Claims,” The Legal Intelligencer, March 17, 2015

Author, “Responding to a Plaintiff’s Discovery Requests,” The Legal Intelligencer, p. 7, March 18, 2014

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