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Ronald P. Schiller
Shareholder
Education:
University of Pennsylvania Law School
Hangley Aronchick Segal Pudlin & Schiller
One Logan Square
18th & Cherry Streets, 27th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19103-6933
Phone: 215.496.7020
Fax: 215.851.1020

Biography

Ronald Schiller, Vice Chair of the firm, has a broadly diversified trial and arbitration practice. Ron is a business trial lawyer, appellate lawyer and counselor. Ron advises financial institutions, insurers and reinsurers, technology companies, and other businesses in high-stakes litigation matters, particularly where taking the case through trial or appeal needs to be part of the client’s arsenal.

Ron and his trial teams have prepared to try and tried two to four cases a year in courts and before arbitration panels every year for over a decade. He and his teams have also prepared and argued appeals in appellate courts in the Pennsylvania-Delaware-New Jersey region and around the country at the rate of several a year. Most of this work has been for an array of insurers and reinsurers in sophisticated coverage, bad faith, and reinsurance disputes. A substantial part of this practice includes representing insurers and reinsurers against healthcare and managed care companies in E&O, D&O, reinsurance, and ERISA coverage disputes, as well as HPL coverage disputes spanning both claims made coverage and GL coverage in courts in over a 25 jurisdictions. These cases include disputes in the billions of dollars. Many of these matters have helped define the coverage exposure in the state, with several cases even now poised to clarify the scope of coverage or exclusions under California, Washington State, Michigan, Minnesota, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Louisiana law.

As recently as June 2016, Ron led a trial team in defending an insurer in a one-week jury trial over a multimillion dollar claim for coverage on a D&O policy, resulting in a verdict for the insurer after four hours of jury deliberations. Two weeks later, Ron argued before a state appellate panel in support of affirmance of a summary judgment win for another insurer arising from environmental coverage claims by Conrail for hundreds of millions of dollars sought from CGL railroad policies issued in the 1970s and 1980s.

Ron and his team have also represented contractors and owners in patent and licensing disputes, including in a successful JAMS arbitration in New York over a licensing dispute in 2014 and a jury verdict for his client in a three-week patent trial in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania in 2012.

The respected English publisher Chambers & Partners recognized Ron in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, noting that clients admire him as “someone who consistently wins big cases.” Chambers & Partners has further stated: “He is a particularly experienced adviser of businesses and insurers in litigation avoidance matters and settlement strategies. He exhibits further expertise in complex coverage cases and reinsurance disputes. Sources praise him for his clarity, stating that he is able to take ‘complex analytical work, distill it down, synthesize it and navigate it for his clients.’” He has repeatedly been selected by his peers as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer and has been named in the Best Lawyers in America.”

Education

University of Pennsylvania Law School, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1984, JD

Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1981, BA, summa cum laude

Honors and Awards

  • Named a Leader in Insurance Law by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business
  • Best Lawyers in America, selected as a Best Lawyer in America in Insurance Law and Commercial Litigation
  • Best Lawyers in America, 2014 Philadelphia Lawyer of the Year - Insurance Law 
  • Named a Local Litigation Star by Benchmark: The Definitive Guide to America’s Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys
  • University of Pennsylvania Law Review, Associate Editor and Editor

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • Philadelphia Bar Association
    • Business Litigation Section
    • Insurance Committee

Teaching / Lecturing

  • “Assessing the Reps and Warranties Insurance Claims Process: Key Claims (With a Focus on Financial Misrepresentation Claims), Arbitration Considerations, and Claims Resolution,” ACI National Forum on Transactional Insurance, June 28-29, 2016
  • “Tips & Techniques for the Trial of a Bad Faith Claim,” Pennsylvania Bar Institute, December 9, 2014
  • “Déjà Vu: Relitigating Adjudicated Facts in the Coverage Action,” DRI Insurance Coverage and Claims Institute, April 3, 2014
  • “Ethics,” National Business Institute’s Insurance Law 2013 Seminar, October 25, 2013
  • “Attorney-Client Privilege and Work Product Issues,” Pennsylvania Bar Institute’s Discovery in Bad Faith Claims: Strategies, Common Disputes, and Emerging Issues program, December 5, 2012  
  • “Bad Faith Claims Litigation,” Pennsylvania Bar Institute, May 12, 2011
  • “Asbestos and Other Long-Tail Claims: Europe, the UK, and the Latest on US Tort Reform,” 9th Annual C5 European Summit on Reinsurance Claims, 2006
  • “Pennsylvania Bad Faith,” National Business Institute seminars, 2006 – 2008
  • Mealey’s Bad Faith Litigation Conference, 2007, speaker

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania
  • New York
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of New York
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan

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