Ronald W. Zdrojeski

Ronald W. Zdrojeski: Attorney with Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP
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Biography

With nearly three decades of trial experience, Ronald Zdrojeski is co-head of the Eversheds Sutherland (US) global litigation group. His practice focuses on counseling and defending businesses in complex commercial litigation, including market manipulation, fraud and other white collar matters. Ron has litigated in 48 of the country’s 50 states, defending Fortune 500 companies, insurers and corporate officers in criminal and civil investigations, including class action, toxic tort, trade secret, intellectual property, environmental and maritime litigation.

Additionally, Ron conducts internal investigations on behalf of clients, which often involves assessing potential regulatory violations and criminal activities. Ron has also represented companies in a range of industries, from insurance to technology, in the defense of non-competition agreement provisions and related claims in at least 10 states. Prior to joining the firm, Ron was a partner at Dewey & LeBoeuf. From 1983 to 1985, he was an assistant district attorney in the Kings County District Attorney’s Office in Brooklyn.

Awards and Rankings

Recognized as a “Local Star,” by Benchmark Litigation (2011, 2012)

Named to The Best Lawyers in America in the area of litigation - environmental (2018-2019)

Experience

“Eversheds Sutherland (US) enjoys a high profile and is known for sophisticated legal work, all of which allows me to have a national platform for my practice.”

Experience

Won a jury trial and $14 million in damages for an engineering, design and manufacturing company in litigation against the company's former president for breach of contractual and fiduciary duties.
Represented Enron in investigations by the U.S. Department of Justice and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission.
Defended a large, international banking institution accused of violating federal anti-money laundering statutes.
Defended an oil transportation company in an environmental class action trial following a Cape Cod oil spill.
Defended a leading container ship company in federal prosecutions of violations of the MARPOL treaty.
Defended a ticket reseller in a patent trial over seating software.

Publications

Legal Alerts

Legal Alert: Dialing in - Top five TCPA issues for 2019 (January 10, 2019)
Companies in consumer-facing industries face a continued wave of class action filings under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). In 2018, TCPA lawsuits remained one of the most filed types ...

Legal Alert: Narrowing the scope of TCPA litigation (for now) - FCC creates reassigned number database and option to block spam text messages (December 20, 2018)
According to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), approximately 100,000 cell phone numbers are reassigned in this country every day, resulting in millions of wireless numbers being reassigned ...

Legal Alert: Deference or preference - Supreme Court to address agency authority in context of TCPA litigation (December 6, 2018)
Are courts bound by Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rulings and orders in deciding Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) cases? The United States Supreme Court has agreed to take on a case ...

Legal Alert: US Department of Justice relaxes Yates Memorandum’s requirements for earning cooperation credit (December 3, 2018)
On November 29, 2018, the US Department of Justice (DOJ) modified prior guidance on individual liability for corporate misconduct by affording federal prosecutors discretion to focus on “individuals ...

Legal Alert: You can’t unring a bell - More courts reject revocation of consent under the TCPA (November 19, 2018)
Whether and in what form a consumer has given consent to be contacted via an automatic telephone dialing system (ATDS) may be a crucial aspect of determining liability under the Telephone Consumer ...

Legal Alert: Ex-banker forfeits $43.7 million and pleads guilty to conspiracy to violate the FCPA and launder money (November 5, 2018)
A former banker has agreed to forfeit $43.7 million and has pled guilty to Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) violations and money laundering in one of the largest individual FCPA enforcement cases ...

Legal Alert: The Department of Justice (DOJ) issues new guidance on choice of compliance monitors for FCPA and other criminal division cases (October 16, 2018)
On October 12, 2018, Brian Benczkowski, Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division of the United States Department of Justice (DOJ), announced1 the “Selection of Monitors in Criminal ...

Legal Alert: California looks to take the lead on gender diversity in the boardroom through new legislation (October 9, 2018)
On September 30, 2018, despite voicing some reservations, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law SB-826, mandating that publicly traded corporations have women on their boards. The new law ...

Legal Alert: Crunch time-courts split on definition of autodialer under TCPA and FCC requests immediate supplemental comments (October 5, 2018)
On October 3, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) instituted a brief, immediate, supplemental comment period as it seeks to resolve an issue at the heart of thousands of lawsuits filed under ...

Legal Alert: Who’s calling? Standards for third-party liability under the TCPA (August 14, 2018)
Companies that market products through third-party agents or distributors face a particular risk under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) when their agents call, text or fax consumers ...

Articles

Multinational, coordinated resolutions for international companies? (Fall 2018)
Partnering Perspectives
In announcing a $1.3 billion penalty against Societe Generale S.A., including a $585 million penalty in connection with Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations relating to the bribery of Libyan ...

Navigating International Investigations (April 2, 2018)
Corporate Counsel
Corporate scandals in recent years and the ensuing passage of Sarbanes-Oxley, Dodd-Frank and other compliance-based legislation have resulted in an exponential increase in company-initiated internal ...

REDIAL: 2017 TCPA YEAR-IN-REVIEW - ANALYSIS OF CRITICAL ISSUES AND TRENDS IN TCPA COMPLIANCE AND LITIGATION (January 31, 2018)
The Eversheds Sutherland TCPA team has published its fourth annual REDIAL: 2017 TCPA YEAR-IN-REVIEW - ANALYSIS OF CRITICAL ISSUES AND TRENDS IN TCPA COMPLIANCE AND LITIGATION. This publication ...

Dialing-In: TCPA Hot Issues for 2017 (January 25, 2017)
Sutherland's TCPA Team has identified the hot issues that set the stage for the Telephone Consumer Protection Act in 2017. The more significant issues include:Will the FCC's Omnibus Order ...

REDIAL: 2016 TCPA YEAR IN REVIEW - ANALYSIS OF CRITICAL ISSUES AND TRENDS (January 18, 2017)
The Eversheds Sutherland TCPA team has published its third annual REDIAL: 2016 TCPA YEAR IN REVIEW - ANALYSIS OF CRITICAL ISSUES AND TRENDS. This publication reflects our in-depth analysis of ...

A Subtle Snare of the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act: Potential Liability for Businesses Indirectly Supporting International Acts of Terrorism (December 2016)
Partnering Perspectives
While the primary goal of the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA) was to allow the families of victims of terrorist attacks to bring suit against Saudi Arabia for its alleged role in ...

Dialing-In: TCPA Hot Issues for 2016 (January 28, 2016)
Sutherland’s TCPA Team has identified a number of hot topics that set the stage for the Telephone Consumer Protection Act in 2016. The more significant issues include:Will the FCC's Omnibus ...

REDIAL: 2015 TCPA YEAR IN REVIEW - ANALYSIS OF CRITICAL ISSUES AND TRENDS (January 12, 2016)
The Litigation Group of Sutherland Asbill and Brennan LLP has published REDIAL: 2015 TCPA YEAR IN REVIEW - ANALYSIS OF CRITICAL ISSUES AND TRENDS. This publication reflects our in-depth analysis of ...

2015 Amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (November 24, 2015)
The Litigation Practice Group of Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP has published “2015 Amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.” This publication reflects important changes to the Federal ...

The Art of the Opening Statement: Find your Inner Storyteller (July 1, 2015)
InsideCounsel
In their article for InsideCounsel, Partners Lewis Wiener and Ronald Zdrojeski offer practical guidance while planning an opening statement that will assist the lawyer in delivering a statement that ...

Newsletters

Eversheds Sutherland Corporate Crime and Investigations Global Newsletter (September 2018)
Eversheds Sutherland's quarterly Corporate Crime and Investigations Global Newsletter provides our clients and colleagues with updates from around the world. The newsletter aims to highlight ...

Partnering Perspectives: Insights from Inside and Outside the Corporate Law Department (Fall 2018)
We are pleased to present the Fall 2018 edition of Partnering Perspectives, which focuses on a number of legal developments as well as offers recommendations of preventive measures that you might ...

Eversheds Sutherland Corporate Crime and Investigations Global Newsletter (May 2018)
Eversheds Sutherland's quarterly Corporate Crime and Investigations Global Newsletter provides our clients and colleagues with updates from around the world. The newsletter aims to highlight ...

Eversheds Sutherland Corporate Crime and Investigations Global Newsletter (January 2018)
Eversheds Sutherland is launching its quarterly Corporate Crime and Investigations Global Newsletter to provide our clients and colleagues with updates from around the world. The newsletter aims to ...

Partnering Perspectives: Insights from Inside and Outside the Corporate Law Department (Winter 2016)
Partnering Perspectives
Sutherland is pleased to present the Winter edition of Partnering Perspectives, which provides insight into a number of developing legal issues that provide thought-provoking analysis of the ...

Books

Chapter 12: Beyond the Courtroom: Preparing the Witness for Internal Investigations and Administrative and Congressional Hearings ( 2017 American Bar Association)
From the Trenches II: Mastering the Art of Preparing Witnesses
Witnesses are, simply, the heart of the story in any case. Witnesses are the vehicle through which the story of the case is presented, breathing life into facts that have been undiscovered or ...

Chapter 14: The Art of the Persuasive Opening Statement: Finding Your Inner Storyteller ( 2015 American Bar Association)
From the Trenches: Strategies and Tips from 21 of the Nation’s Top Trial Lawyers
In From the Trenches: Strategies and Tips from 21 of the Nation’s Top Trial Lawyers, Sutherland Partners Lewis Wiener and Ronald Zdrojeski contributed Chapter 14. In it, Lew and Ron offer practical ...

Presentations

Managing the New Normal: Safety Regulation and Post-Incident Response (June 22, 2016)
Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP and FTI Consulting host a panel discussion focused on risk mitigation and effective crisis management on June 22, 2016, in New York, New York. Managing the Current ...

Webcast: Today’s Global World: Issue-Spotting in International Internal Investigations (June 15, 2016)
Corporate scandals in recent years and the ensuing passage of Sarbanes-Oxley, Dodd-Frank, and other compliance-based legislation have resulted in an increase in company-initiated internal ...

News

In the News

What Others Are Saying About The DOJ’s “FCPA Corporate Enforcement Policy” (December 8, 2017)
FCPA Professor
Eversheds Sutherland’s legal alert, DOJ Announces Changes to FCPA Corporate Enforcement Policy, was mentioned in this FCPA Professor article.

Woman Sues Pret a Manger for $5.5 million for Deceptive Packaging (August 1, 2017)
New York Daily News
Eversheds Sutherland legal alert, “Plaintiffs Have Come Up Empty on Class Action Slack Fill Litigation But Are Expected to Pick It Up in 2017,” is mention in this New York Daily News article ...

Boards Have Clearer Choices on Probe Cooperation (December 22, 2016)
Corporate Secretary
Sutherland Partner Ronald Zdrojeski is quoted in this Corporate Secretary article providing insight on the importance of companies and boards to cooperate with government investigations. He discusses ...

Wall Builder Ex-President Must Pay $15M over Trade Secrets (November 30, 2016)
Law360
Sutherland attorneys Lawrence Dany, Ronald Zdrojeski, Sarah Chaudhry and Mary Beth Martinez are mentioned in this Law360 article for representing Tesla Wall Systems LLC, who recently was awarded $15 ...

Second Circuit Ruling Gives Legal Backing to the Yates Memo (July 26, 2016)
Compliance Week
In this article for Compliance Week, Sutherland Partner Ronald Zdrojeski provides insight on a recent federal appeals court ruling affirming that companies have cause to terminate employees who ...

Trial Pros: Sutherland’s Ronald Zdrojeski (May 20, 2016)
Law360
Partner Ronald Zdrojeski is featured in a Law360 Trial Pros Q&A. In the article, he discusses the most interesting trial he has worked on and what his trial prep routine consists of, among other ...

Kraft Says CFTC Overreaching in Wheat-Manipulation Row (August 19, 2015)
Law360
This Law360 article notes that Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP represents the defendants in U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission v. Kraft Foods Group Inc., et al., a case focused on alleged ...

Kraft Calls CFTC’s Wheat Manipulation Claims All Chaff (June 2, 2015)
Law360
This Law360 article notes that Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP represents the defendants in U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission v. Kraft Foods Group Inc., et al., a case focused on alleged ...

TCPA: Is the Scope of Consent Unlimited? (September 23, 2014)
insideARM.com
Sutherland’s legal alert, TCPA Hot Issues: Is the Scope of Consent Unlimited?, was featured in insideARM.com.

Press Releases

Eversheds Sutherland Publishes 2017 TCPA Year-in-Review Report (January 31, 2018)
Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP is pleased to announce that the Litigation Practice Group has published REDIAL: 2017 TCPA Year-in-Review - Analysis of Critical Issues and Trends in TCPA Compliance and ...

BTI Consulting Group Recognizes Eversheds Sutherland for Complex Commercial Litigation (September 13, 2017)
Eversheds Sutherland is pleased to announce that it has been ranked in the top 20% of all law firms for Complex Commercial Litigation by BTI Consulting Group in its annual Litigation Outlook survey. ...

Four Eversheds Sutherland Attorneys Named Lawyer of the Year; 80 Lawyers Recognized in 2018 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America (August 15, 2017)
Eversheds Sutherland is pleased to announce that four attorneys have been selected as “Lawyer of the Year” in their respective fields by The Best Lawyers in America, and 80 attorneys have been ...

Sutherland Publishes 2016 TCPA Year in Review Report (January 18, 2017)
Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP is pleased to announce that the firm’s Litigation Practice Group has published REDIAL: 2016 TCPA Year in Review - Analysis of Critical Issues and Trends, an annual ...

Seven Sutherland Attorneys Named Local Stars (October 4, 2012)
ATLANTA, HOUSTON and WASHINGTON (October 4, 2012) - Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP announces that seven of its litigators have been recognized as “local stars by Benchmark Litigation, a guide to ...

Areas of Practice (14)

  • Litigation
  • Complex Business Litigation
  • Environmental
  • Maritime & Shipping
  • Corporate Crime and Investigations
  • Patents
  • Trade Secrets
  • Intellectual Property Litigation
  • Insurance
  • Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA)
  • International Arbitration
  • Internal Investigations
  • Class Action Defense
  • Financial Services Litigation

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
University Attended:
George Washington University, B.A.
Law School Attended:
George Washington University Law School, J.D.
Year of First Admission:
1983
Admission:
U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit; U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit; New York; Connecticut
Memberships:

Professional Activities

fellow, American Bar Foundation
Former Director, Hartford Symphony Orchestra
Former Council Member, Town of Wethersfield
Member, New York Thoroughbred Breeders
Former Adjunct Faculty, University of Connecticut School of Law

ISLN:
902536966

Peer Reviews

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