As a Founding and Equity Partner of the firm, Ralph Pagano has helped develop a nationwide practice focusing on complex disputes involving some of the world’s preeminent companies. Ralph represents a wide range of clients including some of the most prestigious Fortune 100 and Fortune 500 companies in the world, to pro bono clients that need a voice. As a member of the Bar of New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Maryland, Ralph routinely handles matters in state and federal court in those jurisdictions, as counsel of record. In addition, he has represented clients in all aspects of litigation in other jurisdictions throughout the United States. He prides himself on thoughtful communication and collaboration with the client to provide a tailored approach, balancing legal, financial, and commercial considerations to allow clients to arrive at the most expedient and economical case resolution possible. While Ralph has engaged in various forms of Alternate Dispute Resolution, when necessary he will take a case to trial, and has done so a number of times.
Before changing careers to become a lawyer, Ralph was an engineer with Western Union, RCA/GE American Communications, and AT&T, making him well suited for the complex matters of his practice. He has united his technological and legal pursuits by becoming a registered patent attorney before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Ralph furthers his interest in aviation by actively exercising his privileges as a licensed instrument-rated pilot. He has always been passionate about the Arts and enjoys counseling clients in the Arts, and in all areas of his practice. Among his accomplishments, he has been recognized among his peers, the Judiciary, and clients by being bestowed with the highest assessment, an AV rating from Martindale Hubbell.
Ralph earned both Bachelor of Engineering and Master of Engineering degrees from Stevens Institute of Technology. He received his Juris Doctor degree from Fordham University School of Law, and subsequently earned a Master of Laws Degree in trial advocacy from Temple University, where he later served as an Adjunct Professor for that program to instruct other lawyers on the nuances of trying cases.
Ralph has written and delivered papers and speeches for major conferences and journals sponsored by, among others: ABA – Torts and Insurance Practice Section, ABA – Aviation Litigation Section, Aircraft Builders Council, Lawyer Pilots Bar Association, and the International Society for Optical Engineering. In addition, he has been cited in the U.K. Parliament’s Select committee on Trade and Industry, relating to space regulatory matters.
Ralph is a creative problem solver with decades of experience as an engineer; trial advocate; and instrument-rated pilot. He employs his deep knowledge of these diverse disciplines and is an acknowledged trusted advisor for some of the most influential companies in the world.