Ron Leibman is a partner of the Firm and Co-Chair of the Firm’s Transportation and Logistics Group. He focuses his practice on the business and supply chain needs of manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers, distributors, motor carriers and third party logistics providers. He is also experienced in general corporate law and commercial litigation.
Prior to coming to Riker Danzig, Ron was a partner with Epstein, Fitzsimmons, Brown, Gioia, Jacobs & Sprouls, P.C. Prior to that, he was a senior logistics executive at Wakefern Food Corp. (ShopRite Supermarkets) and at Fortunoff's. In addition to his law degree, he holds an M.B.A. in Transportation/Distribution Management.
Representative clients include Ahold USA, Bed Bath & Beyond, B&G Foods, CJ ChilJedang (CJ America), Capacity LLC, C&S Wholesale Grocers, Customized Distribution Services, Perricone MD, Pinnacle Foods, Prestige Brands, Porky Products, Transfix.io, Transmar Group, Unified Logistics and Wakefern Food Corp.
Ron serves on the H.H. Franklin Supply Chain Advisory Board of the Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University, and on the Transportation Editorial Advisory Board for Law360, a LexisNexis legal news and data organization. In addition, he is on the Board of Directors of the Institute of Logistical Management and is a member of the American Bar Association, Business Law Section.
The prestigious legal guide Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business includes Ron in its Nationwide rankings since 2015 for Transportation: Road (Carriage/Commercial) for his strategic and operational planning counsel, calling him a “client favorite” whose clients compliment his “superb understanding of our business.” Chambers notes that he offers significant experience in logistics and supply chain matters. He is described by clients as “one of my favorite people on the planet,” saying “he has a great balance of lawyerly restraint while still understanding the business elements.” Thomson Reuters has included Ron on its "Super Lawyers" list every year since 2016. See Awards and Honors Methodology.
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Ron is often tapped by publications, such as Law360, for comment on current industry specific regulations. He has written and lectured on a variety of logistics and business topics to industry and educational groups including the Association for Corporate Growth - New York, the Cosmetic Drug and Allied Lines Credit Group, the Food Marketing Institute and The Knowledge Group. His published articles include "Workplace Injuries: New OSHA Standards Hit Power Equipment Operators" (New Jersey Law Journal, August12, 1999), "Fuel Surcharge Regulation for DOD Contracts - First Step Toward Re-regulation" (Firm Logistics Update, November 2008), "Misclassification of Employees as Independent Contractors/Owner-Operators May Soon Violate Federal Law" (Firm Logistics Update, November 2008), “FMCSA Abandons Carrier Oversight” (Inbound Logistics, August 2012), “Understanding Warehouseman’s Liens” (Inbound Logistics - On-Line Edition, April 2013), "House Members Seek to Set Due Diligence Standards for Motor Carrier Hiring" (Inbound Logistics - On-Line Edition, September 2014) and Congress Signals Return to Pre-CSA Due Diligence Practices with the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (Firm Client Alert, December 2015). In addition, Mr. Leibman was extensively quoted on insurance and liability issues in the Inbound Logistics article, “Transportation Liability: Busting Seven Common Myths,” published in January of 2013, and in regard to the practice of transportation and logistics law and the Firm's practice in this specialty, in the New Jersey Business article "NJ's Unique Law Practice Groups", published in November of 2015.