Profiles in Diversity
"As a child of a Hispanic mother, I was the first person in my extended family to go to college. Although my mother did not get past the eighth grade, she was largely self-educated. My father was a first-generation American, born to European parents. In preparing for my advanced studies, I could not decide between law or graduate school. So, I applied to both to see which would give me the best financial package because I needed the financial aid to move forward. It happened to be law school. I got a full scholarship with part-time employment and, before I knew it, I began to study law.
"After finishing law school and before I met Steven Epstein and Jeffrey Becker, I served in the military in the U.S. Army JAG Corps. I also gained valuable experience working in Washington, DC, as head of the Department of Labor’s Civil Rights Division and assisting the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division. After five years with the federal government, I relocated to New York City and went into private practice.
"Jeffrey and I shared the same community, and we knew each other socially. I met with Jeffrey and Steven (they had started a health care law firm several years earlier) to talk about pairing health care with labor and employment to comprise the two core practices of the firm. We all thought it was a good fit, and I joined Steven and Jeffrey in July 1978.
"Steven and Jeffrey have become two of my closest friends. They allowed me to spread my wings and encouraged me to do what I thought was best to grow my practice. From those early days until now, we have shared common goals to build a firm that is innovative, ahead of the curve, and always looking beyond the horizon; a firm that excites creativity and is not afraid to break new ground; and, most importantly, a firm of integrity that values its employees and honors its clients.
"For professionals starting their legal careers, I strongly suggest that you look for a place that will value your contributions based on your merits. Find someone who believes in your capabilities and will foster your professional development."
— Ron Green
- 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 2023)
- 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