LITIGATION DEPARTMENT OF THE YEAR - Mid-Size Firm  ALM's Daily Report   2017 - 2016 - 2014
Photo of Ronald M. Schirtzer

Ronald M. Schirtzer

Partner Of Counsel

Ron is a trial lawyer with diverse experience in complex commercial litigation matters. He represents clients and tries cases involving a wide variety of subject matters, including products liability, personal injury, employment litigation, professional malpractice, intellectual property, construction law, healthcare, first amendment claims, insurance and surety claims, government and contract bidding and compliance, antitrusts, trusts and estates, federal and state tax litigation and general commercial litigation.  His experience includes class action defense in employment litigation (discrimination and FLSA claims), catastrophic personal injury defense, consumer claims, insurance coverage claims and product liability claims. He has represented a wide variety of clients in both the public and private sectors, including airport authorities, cities, hospitals, banks, medical device and drug manufacturers and distributors, package delivery companies, national retail and restaurant chains, real estate developers and insurance companies.

Ron has lectured and written exclusively on the subjects of legal ethics, construction law and labor and employment law, including both national and local presentations to for the Association of Corporate Counsel, lectures for Lorman Education Services and the Florida Charter School Conference and articles for the Association of Corporate Counsel and for the Orlando Business Journal. He is also the co-author of the Rights and Liabilities of Construction Managers of the Florida Construction Law and Practice guide published by the Florida Bar Association (Third Edition) and a recipient of the Award of Excellence from the Legal Aid Society of the Orange County Bar Association in recognition of his pro bono representation services to the poor.

Education

Vassar College, B.A., 1981

University of Michigan Law School, J.D., cum laude, 1985

Bar & Court Admissions

  • The Florida Bar
  • State Bar of California
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • United States Tax Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Middle and Southern Districts of Florida
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Middle District of Florida

Representative Experience

Obtained a $15 million judgment following a jury trial for civil theft and RICO violations against a former employee of a car dealership and his co-conspirators stemming from an elaborate scheme to engage in unauthorized sales in territories outside of the continental United States.

Collected $52.8 million settlement during trial for financial bond insurer MBIA against a publicly traded property manager for damage to a student housing complex.

Successfully tried a case for an online pharmacy distribution network, defeating former employee/officer’s $17 million claims for tortious interference, business defamation and breach of contract.

Successfully resolved catastrophic personal injury claim for an infant born prematurely following mother’s slip and fall in retain establishment for a low six figure amount, where plaintiff’s anticipated future medical costs exceeded $25 million.

Participated in obtaining a defense verdict for a major retailer in an RSC/CRPS case in which injured customer sought damages in excess of $15 million.

Obtained a statewide injunction for a major retailer, prohibiting union organizers from accessing company property and from interfering with or harassing the company’s customer’s or employees.

Represented an electrical supply distributor in multi-district products liability actions alleging business and property damage from allegedly defective surge protector units.

Represented a title insurance company at trial in its defense of claims arising from an unidentified electrical easement on a multifamily development tract.

Obtained a $4 million judgment for a commercial office tower owner against a guarantor of a tenant that defaulted on a multi-year lease.

Obtained a judgment in an administrative hearing for an airport authority, defeating the State of Florida’s challenge to the airport authority’s claim of exemption from sales tax on portions of revenues received from commercial property leases and concessions, resulting in an annual tax savings to the airport authority in excess of $5 million.

Represented a 765-unit beachfront condominium association in a successful challenge to ad valorem tax assessments, resulting in a reduction of taxes in excess of $6 million.

Represented a major package delivery company in a series of race discrimination cases brought by a would-be class, obtaining defense verdicts in each of the cases in which judgments were rendered.

Obtained a defense verdict in a national origin discrimination claim lodged against the company and its president.

Obtained defense and directed verdicts on behalf of a major package delivery company in actions involving alleged violations of the ADA, workers compensation retaliation and whistle blower claims.

Represented a foreign hotel operator in a case seeking damages from both contractors and engineers responsible for faulty electrical wiring that resulted in damage in excess of $3 million.

Represented a major healthcare insurance provider in a copyright action alleging overuse of licensed software.  Obtained a favorable settlement on the eve of trial.

Obtained favorable settlement early in the litigation process for a major automobile insurer in a class action related to alleged underpayments for medical services.  

Obtained dismissal of a class action for a major restaurant chain alleging improper assessment of sales tax.

Represented major retailers, home healthcare companies and renal dialysis facilities in catastrophic injury cases.

Represented airport authorities, hospitals, hotel operators and various commercial property owners in a variety of construction litigation matters.

Represented a variety of contractors and concessionaires in bid protest before multiple federal, state and local agencies.

Represented both charitable agencies and individuals in multiple trust and estate litigation matters.

Awards & Recognitions

Best Lawyers® 2013-2017Commercial Litigation

Orlando Magazine Best Lawyers in Orlando (2010-2016)

Law360 "Employment Practice Group of the Year," Team Member (2011 and 2013)

Legal Aid Society of the Orange County Bar Association "Award of Excellence" Recipient

Orlando Business Journal, "The Best Lawyers in Orlando" (Commercial Litigation)

AV Preeminent Rating by Martindale-Hubbell (4.8/5)

Professional & Community Activities

American Bar Association, Litigation, Labor and Employment Law and Public Contracts Law Sections

Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center of Florida, Board Member

Junior Achievement of Central Florida, Board Member 

Orange County Bar Association

Seniors First, Emeritus Board Member and Past Chairman of the Board

University of Michigan Alumni Association

Vassar College Alumni Association