An accomplished trial attorney of international reputation, Epstein Becker Green (EBG) Co-Founder Ron Green represents multinational and domestic companies and trade and business associations in all types of employment disputes. Corporate executives and sports and entertainment luminaries have also turned to Ron to defend them in sensitive and highly publicized litigation. Additionally, Ron provides advice on a wide variety of labor and employment matters.
Ron has deep experience litigating disputes involving sexual harassment, retaliation, discrimination, breach of contract, trade secret misappropriation, and wage and hour violations, among other issues. The more than 100 cases he has tried to conclusion include some significant class actions that are rarely tried and in which Ron used complex econometric models with great success. He is often sought by other law firms to lead their litigation teams in unusually complex cases.
Clients value Ron’s toughness, tenacity, and shrewdness in defending their interests. One whistleblower after being deposed by Ron compared the exchange to facing “a human sledgehammer. . . . I observed a master in action . . . a fencing master.” In the courtroom too, Ron is a force to be reckoned with. In 2016, he concluded a three-week trial in federal court with a successful jury verdict after only 55 minutes of deliberation!
Ron helped pioneer preemptive litigation against current and former employees who threaten extortionate lawsuits. He also innovated the use of the federal Declaratory Judgment Act to protect clients' businesses from disaffected employees.
A member of EBG’s Hispanic Business Group, Ron has represented Hispanic-owned companies and lectured frequently in Latin America on conducting business in the United States. Since 1975, he has taught courses in labor law and equal employment law and policy as a member of the adjunct faculty of the Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations. He has been a consultant to the U.S. Secretary of Labor and the American Arbitration Association.
Ron founded EBG’s national Employment, Labor & Workforce Management practice in 1978. Before joining the firm, he gained substantial prosecutorial and labor regulatory experience while working for the U.S. Department of Labor and seconded to the U.S. Department of Justice. Previously, Ron served as a captain in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General Corps.
- Secured the dismissal of sexual harassment and retaliation claims against a communications agency and its parent company brought by a former employee of the agency. The plaintiff had sued the agency and its parent company, the agency’s client, and an employee of the agency’s client whom she alleged harassed her at a vendor-sponsored after-work event. Ron moved for summary judgment on all claims, and the court granted the motion in its entirety.
- Obtained a successful jury verdict in favor of an advertising company in a race discrimination case that lasted two years, with a trial that took three days. The plaintiff, a Trinidadian employee, sued the company for $50 million, alleging, among other things, that she wasn't promoted to the position of executive assistant to the general counsel because of her race. After Ron proved that the plaintiff's claims completely lacked merit, the jury issued its verdict in favor of the company in only 11 minutes.
- Successfully represented a cable news network in a gender and age discrimination and retaliation action brought by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 on behalf of a reporter. Ron persuaded the court to find that the EEOC failed to make sufficient claims in the complaint of retaliation or show that the reporter suffered any material harm.
- Successfully defended an insurance client against a former broker who was terminated for selling unapproved investments and who then sued for breach of contract. The plaintiff alleged that our client had "poached" insurance clients worth $85 million in book value. After a three-week trial, it took the jury just 55 minutes to reject the plaintiff's suit.
- Won a FINRA arbitration for a financial services company in a case in which an employee terminated for refusing to cooperate in an internal forgery investigation alleged he was dismissed without cause and sued for millions of dollars in damages. After 26 days of arbitration hearings, the panel found that the employee had been terminated for cause and dismissed his case.
- The Best Lawyers in America©, Litigation—Labor & Employment (1987 to 2010, 2012 to 2024)
- Brooklyn Law School LELA (Labor and Employment Law Association), Alumni Award (2015)
- Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, New York—Labor & Employment (Senior Statespeople) (2002 to 2023)
- The Legal 500 United States, Labor and Employment Disputes (Including Collective Actions): Defense (2011 to 2014, 2017 to 2020)
- Martindale-Hubbell, "AV Preeminent" Peer Review Rating
- New York Metro Super Lawyers, Employment Litigation: Defense, and Employment & Labor (2006 to 2009, 2012 to 2022)
- Who's Who Legal: The International Who's Who of Management Labour & Employment Lawyers (2002 to 2014)
- The George Washington University Law School (LL.M., 1973)
- Brooklyn Law School (J.D., 1968)
- New York University (B.S., 1965)
- School of Commerce
- University of Cincinnati
- (Ph.D. Pending)
- District of Columbia
- New York
- New York Supreme Court
- Supreme Court of the United States
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
- U.S. Court of Military Appeals
- U.S. District Court, District of Columbia
- U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
- U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin
- U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
- U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York
- U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
- U.S. District Court, Western District of New York
- U.S. Tax Court
Professional & Community Involvement
- American Arbitration Association, National Panel of Labor Arbitrators
- American Bar Association, Committee on Equal Employment Law and its Impact on Collective Bargaining
- American Jewish Congress, member of the Board of Directors and Executive Committee
- Order of Freemasonry, Franklin Lodge
- New York University Alumni Association
- Brooklyn Law School Alumni Association
- George Washington University Law School Alumni Association