Thomas M. Cooley Law School, J.D., 2000, magna cum laude
State University of New York at Fredonia, B.S., 1995
Judicial Clerk for Justice Marilyn Kelly, Michigan Supreme Court
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
Ron is a shareholder and a member of the Administrative & Municipal Law Practice Group. Ron's practice focuses on the following areas: municipal law; administrative law; telecommunications law; energy & utilities law; transactional law related to the above; and litigation related to all of the above.
Before joining Foster Swift in 2002, Ron worked as a Research Attorney in the Pre-Hearing Division at the Michigan Court of Appeals. He then served as a Judicial Law Clerk for Justice Marilyn Kelly at the Michigan Supreme Court.
Ron regularly authors articles and has spoken on hot legal topics within his practice. He has authored pieces that have appeared in the Michigan Bar Journal, and multiple law reviews, trade journal magazines, and newsletters. More details on Ron's vast experience and expertise are below:
Municipal Law: Ron is known for his expertise in representing municipalities in litigation, and is equally as skilled in ordinance drafting and ordinance enforcement. He also regularly advises municipalities on every-day municipal matters, such as contracts, variances, special use permits, and rezonings; as well as on energy and telecommunications matters.
Administrative Law: Ron helps clients resolve matters involving state administrative agencies, including the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC), the State Construction Code Commission, the Liquor Control Commission, and various county drain commissions. On this front, his practice involves comment filings, contested case filings, working with government agencies' staff, and handling all aspects of contested cases and comment cases.
Telecommunications Law: He handles an extensive array of telecommunications issues. This includes resolving issues concerning the Michigan Telecommunications Act, the federal Telecommunications Act, and the related state and federal administrative rules. It also includes practicing before the MPSC on telecommunications issues, such as contested case cost study cases, other disputes between providers, and comment cases. And it includes drafting and negotiating contracts and interconnection agreements related to telecommunications endeavors for clients. He is also knowledgeable about cable communications and Internet regulatory issues.
Energy & Utilities Law: Ron has experience handling various energy and utilities law matters. He has been involved in energy regulatory matters before the MPSC, such as litigating disputes between providers or regarding alleged violations of regulatory laws. He has drafted power purchase agreements – including renewable energy power purchase agreements – and has experience with MPSC cases regarding approvals of renewable energy power purchase agreements.
Transactional Law: He routinely assists clients in drafting and negotiating key contracts required to carry out clients' telecommunications, energy, municipal, or other business needs. And where needed, he handles litigation to enforce those agreements.
Liquor Law: As part of his administrative law work, Ron assists clients with liquor licensing application matters, violation cases, contested case hearings, and penalty hearings.
Appeals: His previous experience with the Michigan Court of Appeals and the Michigan Supreme Court give him a significant advantage in developing effective strategy for appellate pleadings and oral arguments in state and federal court.
In his off time, Ron is committed to promoting education at all levels. He formerly served as an adjunct professor at Thomas M. Cooley Law School for several years, where he taught legal writing, and at Michigan State University where he taught a four-part lecture series on forensic psychology, as well as teaching tips to negotiate a physician employment agreement. He also is an avid volunteer to youth-oriented endeavors as he serves on the Board at Impression 5 Science Museum and formerly coached youth soccer.