Ronald A. Berutti

Ronald A. Berutti

Partner
Location:
Parsippany, New Jersey
Phone:
866-899-1138
Fax:
973-403-0010
Email:

With his breadth and diversity of litigation experience, Ron is often called on to represent clients in the most difficult cases, regardless of the subject matter. He has tried both complex and general cases for institutional and individual clients, particularly in the areas of business torts, real estate, utilities, employment, and professional malpractice. With a tenacious focus on the client’s goals, Ron employs ethically creative strategies and strives to achieve the best results possible. Ron regularly practices in the state and federal courts of New Jersey and New York at both the trial and appellate levels, and practices in conjunction with local counsel in other jurisdictions in complex cases.

In addition to his litigation practice, Ron represents private sector clients in negotiating employment, separation, and termination agreements, and in related dispute resolution, including representation of corporate officers in negotiating restrictive covenant agreements and in litigating related claims.

Representative Cases

Successfully defended the Estate of a paraplegic man -- who burned to death in his bed -- at trial against the claim of the sole purported beneficiary for millions of dollars under man’s Last Will and Testament. Simultaneously pursued the purported beneficiary and others in a federal racketeering lawsuit, alleging that they conspired to drug and then burn the deceased man to death for his money, and to prevent discovery of evidence related to their prior frauds against him. The Estate paid no money to the alleged beneficiary at the conclusion of the case.

Deposed now-President Donald J. Trump in defense of a claim for monetary damages brought by the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey, against a utility company client, which matter was successfully settled without payment of any money by the utility company client.

Recovered $1,250,000.00 on behalf of several cooperative building shareholders from the building sponsor, by pursuing their rights as oppressed minority shareholders of the cooperative corporation.

Obtained dismissal of an approximately $1,000,000.00 claim brought against a clothing wholesaler by a foreign vendor on grounds that the claim should have been filed in India -- where the vendor never would file a claim, because it would have exposed the vendor to criminal charges in that country.

Received a jury verdict denying the claims brought against the utility company client by the driver of a vehicle who was seeking millions of dollars for severe injuries he suffered after hitting a utility pole with his vehicle, which pole he claimed was placed in an unreasonably dangerous roadside location.

Successfully defended against prosecutors’ overzealous efforts to have a client imprisoned a second time, after she already had served her prison sentence, by demonstrating in a hearing that the client’s non-payment of $1,650,000.00 of restitution was based on her total inability to pay, as opposed to a willful desire to avoid making such payments, as was being argued by the prosecution.

Recovered a $640,000.00 settlement after three weeks of a jury trial on behalf of a condominium association claiming faulty construction by the condominium developer, after receiving a pre-trial settlement offer of only $25,000.00.

Recovered a year’s salary and benefits for a public company’s former president after filing an arbitration claim against the former employer, which far eclipsed the severance offer originally made to the former president.

Recovered a large settlement as lead counsel in another jurisdiction on behalf of a class of unit owners, who sued a major law firm that had failed to account to them for a litigation recovery of several million dollars.

Recovered a large settlement on behalf of a Colorado business owner whose corporation was bought out by a New York entity, which then wrongfully terminated his employment and violated the business purchase and sale agreement

Areas of Practice

  • 30% Commercial/Corporate Litigation
  • 30% Business Torts
  • 10% Real Estate
  • 20% Utilities
  • 5% Employment
  • 5% Professional Malpractice

Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey, 1993
  • New York, 1994
  • Pennsylvania, 1992
  • Kentucky, 2016

Education

  • Seton Hall University School of Law, Newark, New Jersey
    • J.D. - 1992
  • University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Massachusetts
    • B.S. - 1988
    • Honors: Dean's List
    • Major: Hotel, Restaurant, & Travel Administration

Published Works

  • "Abraham Lincoln’s Advice for Lawyers," 187 N.J.L.J. 475, February 12, 2007
  • "The Cherokee Cases: The Fight to Save the Supreme Court and the Cherokee Indians,", 17 American Indian Law Review 291, 1992
  • "Our Lives, Our Fortunes, Our Sacred Honor," 222 N.J.L.J. 2087 (July 4, 2016)

Representative Cases

  • Seals v. County of Morris, et als., 210 N.J. 157 (2012); 417 N.J. Super. 74 (App. Div. 2010)
  • BMW Bank v. G&B Collision Center, 46 A.D.3d 875, 850 N.Y.S.2d 470 (2nd Dept., 2007)
  • Chao v. New Jersey Licensed Beverage Association, 461 F.Supp.2d 303 (D.N.J. 2006)
  • Allstate Ins. Co. v. Orthopedic Evaluations, 300 N.J. Super. 510, certif. granted and summarily remanded, 151 N.J. 67 (1997), on remand, 304 N.J.Super. 278 (App. Div. 1997)
  • Laudien v. Caudill, 92 F. Supp. 3d 614 (E.D. Ky. 2015) (Eastern District of Kentucky 2015)

Classes/Seminars

  • Panelist, Critical Issues to Prevent or Win Contract Litigation , New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education, June 22, 2017

Honors and Awards

  • “BV” peer rated by Martindale Hubbell

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • St. Peter’s Preparatory School Crew Parents Association, Inc.
  • St. Thomas the Apostle School Athletic Association

Languages

  • English

Fraternities/Sororities

  • Pi Kappa Alpha