Areas of Practice: Technology-Related Litigation, Class Action Defense, Privacy, Data Security and Compliance, Antitrust, Intellectual Property Litigation and Other Business Litigation

Law School: University of Dayton, J.D., magna cum laude, 1996

Undergraduate: The Ohio State University, B.A., History, Political Science, Economics, cum laude, 1992

Ron’s broad experience with technology-related issues brings a unique and important perspective to successfully resolving disputes and developing creative compliance programs that blend well with existing business practices.  These technology-related matters have spanned a broad array of substantive legal areas, including patent, antitrust, licensing and contracts, employment, trademark, domain name disputes, and federal and state privacy statutes.  When tackling new matters, this broad experience brings valuable insight not often available from attorneys that focus on a single area of the law.  One recent example is Ron’s defense against claims that a company infringed a business-method patent in the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision in Bilski.  Ron’s trial experience, including an arbitration in New York City where Ron successfully defended a computer performance dispute for a major provider of computer systems, assures that the plan developed always has the ultimate goal in mind – success. 

Others have sought Ron’s experience in writings and as a featured speaker.  Ron has authored technology-related articles, such as "E-Mail Maelstrom: Electronic Documents Must be Managed," Business Law Today (September/October 2003) and, “Preparing for the Rule 26(f) Scheduling Conference and Other Practical Advice in the Wake of the Recent Amendments to the Rules Governing E Discovery,” The Federal Lawyer (August 2007). Ron has been a featured speaker on the use of technology in the courtroom and electronic discovery and has been active in organizations designed to assist technology entrepreneurs.

Ron has been involved in seminal cases addressing compliance with statutes that regulate the use and disclosure of personal information (such as the Fair Credit Reporting Act and Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act) and laws that concern the adequacy of securing against unauthorized access to personal information in the context of defending class actions, investigations by federal and state agencies, and third party inquiries.  Ron has successfully defended companies in over 25 class actions, and has represented companies in over 150 individual FCRA cases.  One example where Ron successfully argued a motion was reported at 302 F. Supp. 2d 654 (E.D. La. 2004), where the court granted motions to dismiss a putative class action raising federal privacy claims.   The Fifth Circuit recently relied heavily on this earlier decision in Taylor v. Axciom, where Ron played a key role in leading the defense and success on appeal.

Ron not only works with companies which have experienced unauthorized access to consumer data or have been named defendants in class actions and before the Federal Trade Commission, but also has advised companies in developing practices and policies to proactively address these issues. In addition to speaking on these issues, Ron has authored articles on topics such as “Security Before and After a Data Breach,” Business Law Today (November/December 2006), and “Data Security Breaches: Defining Measures Appropriate Under the Circumstances,” ACC Docket (December 2007). Ron also is a Certified Informational Privacy Professional, the industry standard to certify privacy professionals as knowledgeable about corporate compliance with U.S. and European privacy laws.

Ron's practice, however, has not been limited to technology-related matters. Ron recently obtained an award of $1,250,000 for a client who had been fraudulently induced to invest in a company. Ron also has handled construction, copyright, real estate, law firm dissolution, environmental, insurance coverage, and product liability matters and Ron led an independent investigation of accounting irregularities of a national Section 42 housing developer.

Ron is a member of the Bars of the States of Ohio and Minnesota, the United States District Court for the Northern and Southern Districts of Ohio, the Eastern District of Wisconsin, and the Court of Appeals for the Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, Eighth, Ninth, Tenth and Eleventh Circuits. Ron has been admitted pro hac vice in state and federal courts throughout the United States, including California, Pennsylvania, Florida, Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, Texas, Utah, Virginia, and West Virginia and has argued motions or tried cases in these jurisdictions.

Ron resides in Washington Township, Ohio with his wife, Marlene, and three daughters. He is a 1996 magna cum laude graduate of the University of Dayton School of Law, where he was an associate editor of the University of Dayton Law Review and where, since 2001, Ron has been an adjunct professor, teaching a trademark trial practice course. During law school, Ron clerked for Judge Adele M. Riley, Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas, Dayton, Ohio, 1995-1996, and Judge John Meagher, Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas, Dayton, Ohio, 1995-1996. He graduated with honors in 1992 from The Ohio State University (B.A. History, Political Science, Economics).

Email: Ronald Raether

Online Publications:

BYOD Bring Your Own Device (Know The Privacy and Security Issues Before Inviting Employee Owned Devices To The Party)

There Has Been a Data Security Breach: But is Notice Required?

Email Maelstrom

Encryption Technologies May Not Be Optional

Getting Support For Privacy And Data Compliance: Not A Hard Sell If Done Right

Data Security and Ethical Hacking; Points to consider for Eliminating Avoidable exposure - September/ October 2008

Privacy in the Office - August 2008

The recent ID theft red flag regulations and other indicators to help organizations build defensible data protection and compliance programs. - June 2008

Data security breaches: Defining measures appropriate under the circumstances - December 2007

Legal ethics in the information age - December 2007

E-discovery: Applying the new FRCP charges - July 2007

E-Discovery and Computer Forensics: Effectively Preserving Evidence - December 2006 [pdf]

E-Discovery and Computer Forensics: Strategies for Success
November 2006

Security Before and After a Data Breach - November/December 2006

Sarbanes-Oxley & Internal Controls: The Not So Hidden Implications for Information Technology and Information Security - September 2006

Internet Strategies for Legal Professionals - August 2006

Privacy and Compliance - A Coming Out Year - July 2006

Rising Stars: Ron Raether knows his bits from his bytes - July 2006

Getting The Evidence You Need: Effectively Conducting e-Discovery and Computer Forensics In Ohio - June 2005 [html]

Overcoming Your Fears: Utilizing Technology In Litigation - April 2005 [html]

Getting Over Y2K - Computer Rough Spots: Litigation, Settle or Ignore? - September 2000

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