Ronald E. Richman is a partner and co-head of Schulte Roth & Zabel’s Employment & Employee Benefits Group. His practice concentrates on the litigation of employee benefits and restrictive covenant cases in federal and state courts throughout the United States. Ron defends employee benefit plans, fiduciaries and employers in class actions and in cases brought by individual plaintiffs. He also represents employers, employee benefit plans, fiduciaries and investment managers in court and before the U.S. Department of Labor, the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation and the Internal Revenue Service in connection with novel issues of law concerning plan mergers, terminations, spin-offs, fiduciary duties, prohibited transactions, multiemployer issues under ARPA and various aspects of withdrawal liability and mass withdrawal liability. He has litigated, arbitrated and advised on several hundred withdrawal liability matters for multiemployer pension funds and employers. He represents both plaintiffs and defendants in restrictive covenant cases involving trade secrets, non-competition, non-solicit, breach of confidentiality and breach of loyalty issues. Ron also represents employers (particularly hedge and private equity funds), employees and partners with respect to executive compensation and partnership issues.
Ron is listed in Chambers USA, The Best Lawyers in America, Benchmark Litigation: The Definitive Guide to America’s Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys and New York Super Lawyers as a leading labor and employment litigation attorney. He is a fellow of the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel. A former adjunct professor in New York University School of Continuing Education’s Certified Employee Benefits Specialist Program, Ron frequently speaks and writes on employee benefit and employment topics of interest to the employee benefit and H.R. community, including presentations on legislative efforts in Congress to revise the law governing multiemployer pension plans, noncompetition agreements to federal court judges, the use of restrictive covenants by investment managers and legal issues for employers concerning the return to work during the COVID-19 pandemic. Ron received a B.S. from the Industrial and Labor Relations School at Cornell University and a J.D. from Columbia Law School.
Updated Sep 2021