Ronald B. Lee

Shareholder, Practice Group Manager, Product Liability & Toxic Tort

Cleveland
1375 East Ninth Street
One Cleveland Center, 10th Floor
Cleveland, OH 44114
P 330.849.6648
F 216.623.0134
E rlee@ralaw.com
Akron
222 South Main Street
Akron, OH 44308
P 330.849.6648
F 330.376.4577



Ronald B. Lee

Shareholder, Practice Group Manager, Product Liability & Toxic Tort

Phone: (330) 849-6648
Fax: (330) 376-4577
Email: rlee@ralaw.com

Mr. Lee's practice focuses on the defense of catastrophic injury cases on a regional and national basis. He is national counsel in diacetyl litigation and has been national counsel in latex glove and mold litigation. Mr. Lee handles the defense of catastrophic personal injury cases.

Representative Matters

  • National coordinating counsel in diacetyl litigation and has been called upon to negotiate hundreds of diacetyl cases 
  • National coordinating counsel on latex glove litigation and mold litigation
  • Trials include defense verdicts in an intentional tort claim involving a permanent injury to the arm of a worker and truck accidents involving wrongful death and quadriplegia
  • Defended two separate double amputee cases involving a transportation company
  • Defending a product manufacturer in a fire involving four deaths including two minors. The case involves ongoing Daubert issues
  • Defended three separate wrongful death actions involving horrific facts with allegations of driving under the influence. Each case involved defusing very volatile facts and avoiding multi-million dollar judgments
  • Defended an oil and gas well operator in case involving alleged injuries to person and property from drilling and fracking, including personal injury, medical monitoring, hydrogeological issues and property damage
  • Obtained summary judgment for an equipment rental and security company in a traumatic brain injury and death case
  • Defended an installer of cable barrier systems on highways from an incident involving a decapitation of a young father of two minor children
  • Defending a class action involving claims of toxic exposure from a lithium fire

Accomplishments

  • AV® Preeminent™ rating from Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory
  • Board Certified as a Specialist in Civil Trial Law by the National Board of Trial Advocacy (NBTA)
  • Selected as an "Ohio Super Lawyer" by Ohio Super Lawyers magazine (2004 & 2005, 2007-2018)
  • Named the Product Liability Litigation - Defendants "Lawyer of the Year" for Akron by The Best Lawyers in America© (2016 & 2018)
  • Named to The Best Lawyers in America© Akron Product Liability Litigation - Defendants "Lawyer of the Year" (2013)
  • Named to The Best Lawyers in America© for Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions and Product Liability Litigation - Defendants (2007-2019)

Education

  • J.D., The University of Akron School of Law
    • Akron Law Review, Editor 
  • B.S., The University of Akron
    • magna cum laude

Professional Affiliations

  • Akron Bar Association
  • Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys (OACTA)
  • The Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel (FDCC)
  • Ohio State Bar Association

Publications

  • "Legislative Efforts in Handling Industry-Wide Litigation"
  • "Mold - A Small Business Concern" - co-author, Ohio State Bar Association Fine Print, Issue 14
  • "Joint Defense Agreements"

Presentations

  • "Diacetyl & Flavoring Litigation: The Origin, the Current Status, and the Future of the Litigation" - New York, NY (2018)
  • "Advanced Theories for Disproving and Disqualifying Plaintiff’s Theory: Dealing With Adverse Local Fire Responder" - Fighting Fire With Fire Seminar, Chicago, Illinois (2016)
  • "What's New in Toxic Tort" - ACE Group, Jersey City, NJ (2015)
  • “Legionella and Legionnaires Disease in a Healthcare Setting” - Great Lakes Healthcare Symposium, Cleveland, Ohio (2013)
  • “Fracking: What the Frack is That?” - National Conference of Insurance Guaranty Funds 2013 Claims Workshop, Chicago, Illinois (2013)
  • "Pre-emptive Strike: Protecting Your Company From Products claims Before You Are Sued" - Roetzel Corporate Counsel Forum
  • "Advanced Forum on Diacetyl and Food Flavoring" - American Conference Institute, San Francisco, California 
  • "Diacetyl and Flavoring Seminar" - Washington, D.C.

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