Ronald Leibman is a partner of the Firm and Co-Chair of the Firm’s Transportation and Logistics Group. Ron focuses his practice on the business and supply chain needs of manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers, distributors, carriers and third party logistics providers. He is also experienced in general commercial and 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 Agilent Technologies, Ahold Delhaize USA, Bed Bath & Beyond, B&G Foods, CJ CheilJedang (CJ America), C&S Wholesale Grocers, Customized Distribution Services, Pinnacle Foods, Porky Products, Transfix, 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 a member of the Steering Committee of the Commerce & Industry Association of New Jersey Transportation Forum.
The prestigious legal guide Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business has included 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, the Wall Street Journal, and Inbound Logistics for comment on current industry trends and specific regulations. He has written and lectured on a variety of logistics, supply chain, and business topics to industry and educational groups including the Association for Corporate Growth - New York, Biznow (National Industrial Event), the Cosmetic Drug and Allied Lines Credit Group, Eye For Transport, 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), Congress Signals Return to Pre-CSA Due Diligence Practices with the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (Firm Client Alert, December 2015) and “Panama Canal Expansion Could Increase Freight Claims” (Law360, June 2016). In addition, Ron was extensively quoted on insurance and liability issues in the Inbound Logistics article, “Transportation Liability: Busting Seven Common Myths,” published in January of 2013, 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, in regard to the effects of the FSMA Rule on the Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Food in the Law360 article “FDA Food Safety Rule Prevents New Challenges for Shippers,” published in April of 2016, in regard to the “Water Resources Development Act” in the Law360 article “Transportation Legislation To Watch: Midyear Report” published in June of 2016, in regard to USDOT’s proposed Speed-Limiter rule in the Law360 article “3 Questions About The DOT’s New Speed-Limiter Rule” published in August of 2016, in regard to sleep apnea in the Law360 article “Trucker Sleep Apnea Test Latest To Fall Under Reg Rollbacks” published in August of 2017, in the Law360 article “Evolving Tech Drives New Risks For Transpo Cos.” published in November of 2017, and in the Law360 article “Things To Know About The New Rail, Trucking Agency Chiefs” published in February of 2018.