During his many years of legal practice, Ron has concentrated his efforts in the areas of divorce and other family law matters. He also has served as trustee of various trusts and has represented social service agencies and mental health professionals in litigation matters. Following his admission to the Massachusetts Bar in 1975, he represented individuals in divorce cases and conducted other civil litigation at the firm now known as WilmerHale. In January 1991, he established one of the predecessor firms to Warner, Federico & Ryan LLP.
Born in Jackson, Michigan, Ron earned a B.A. at Albion College and an M.Div. degree at Union Theological Seminary in New York City. He received a J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law and is admitted to practice in the state and federal courts of Massachusetts.
Ron has engaged in a wide range of legal and community activities. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and has served as president of the Massachusetts Chapter. He was a founding member and is a past president of the Massachusetts Family and Probate American Inn of Court. He has the highest peer review rating (AV-Preeminent) from Martindale-Hubbell for legal ability and ethical standards and since 1989 has been listed in Naifeh and Smith’s, The Best Lawyers in America. Ron has joined other lawyers in teaching trial and appellate advocacy skills to young attorneys and has participated in numerous continuing education panels and seminars.
Ron is a founding member and for many years served as president of the New England Personality Disorder Association, Inc., a nonprofit organization that works to combat stigma and provide support and education to those whose lives have been affected by personality disorders and other mental health conditions.
As a result of working with people involved in divorces, custody disputes, and other family law matters, Ron believes that attorneys who practice in these areas have a unique opportunity to help clients address their personal and legal crises with dignity and remain financially viable as they enter a new phase of life.