Ronald concentrates his practice in construction, commercial and products liability litigation. He has devoted more than half of his practice to the construction industry. His construction practice includes general counseling and contract negotiation in addition to litigation. He has served clients as lead counsel in projects such as the Pittsburgh International Airport and the Westmoreland County Jail.
He has represented all major segments of the construction industry, including owners, contractors, specialty subcontractors, design professionals and sureties in both public and private sector projects. Similarly, his representation has spanned the gamut of project types including industrial facilities such as steel mills, proprietary engineered projects such as alternative fuels, commercial projects such as high rises and shopping malls, public projects such as highways, bridges, schools and jails, and utility projects such as power plants and sewer line rehabilitation.
Ronald has frequently litigated complex commercial matters outside of the construction industry. These representations have included defense of financial institutions, including the defense of consumer class actions. He has handled securities and accounting malpractice cases, as well as minority shareholder disputes. He has prosecuted and defended trade secret and business tort cases, and successfully obtained a seven-figure jury verdict in a Lanham Act case. He has also handled numerous contested bankruptcy proceedings.
These latter representations include the successful representation of the Pittsburgh Penguins in their lease dispute, and the successful representation of Special Metals Corporation in terminating their pension plans, collective bargaining agreements and plan retirement benefits. He was appointed liaison counsel and a member of the discovery committee by Chief Judge Donald E. Ziegler in the Master File Allegheny Health Education and Research Foundation bankruptcy litigation.
Ronald’s product liability experience includes industrial and consumer products as well as toxic tort litigation, such as manganese, vinyl chloride, benzene, ionizing radiation, asbestos and mold. He previously served as national trial counsel for a major underground mining equipment manufacturer. Ronald’s products liability representation frequently overlaps his construction practice in cases involving construction defects resulting in sudden failures.
He has been a speaker at seminars such as the International Bridge Conference; has taught CLE courses through the Pennsylvania Bar Institute; and, is the past editor of The Cornerstone, a construction newsletter published by the Allegheny County Bar Association.