Ron Kilgard is a seasoned lawyer who understands that yesterday’s rule changes are just as important as the landmark cases decided decades ago. Ron has 35 years of experience in civil litigation. He knows that the substantive law changes slowly (at least most of the time!) However, the relevant rules and judges’ individual practices change almost daily, and they vary enormously from jurisdiction to jurisdiction and judge to judge. Balancing all of this is, for Ron, one of the many challenges and pleasures of law practice.
Ron’s practice is focused primarily on commercial and financial matters. For the last 15 years, he has extensively litigated pension plan class actions, involving both plans regulated by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (“ERISA”) and non-ERISA plans such as public plans and so-called “church plans.” Ron helped Keller Rohrback pioneer company stock ERISA litigation in the late 1990s and early 2000s. More recently, Ron was part of the team that obtained settlements of over $265 million (in cash) in the Enron 401(k) litigation. In 2012, Ron was selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America (19th ed.) for ERISA practice. Ron is currently class counsel in a case on behalf of all sitting state court, general jurisdiction, judges in Arizona, Hall v. Elected Officials’ Retirement Plan.
Ron is a Phoenix native. He began law practice with Martori, Meyer, Hendricks & Victor, P.A., clerked for the Honorable Mary M. Schroeder, U. S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and, in 1995, was one of the founders of Dalton Gotto Samson & Kilgard, P.L.C. (Martori Meyer lawyers who left to do plaintiffs’ work on their own in a small firm environment). He joined most of the Dalton Gotto lawyers in forming the Phoenix affiliate of Keller Rohrback L.L.P. in November 2002.
When not practicing law, he enjoys spending time with his wife and children and reading on the porch with his golden retriever.
Bar and Court Admissions
2009, District of Columbia
2011, New York
Harvard College – B.A., cum laude, 1973, History
Harvard Divinity School – M.T.S., 1975, Old Testament
Arizona State University College of Law – J.D., magna cum laude, 1979, Editor-in Chief, Arizona State Law Journal, Armstrong Award (outstanding graduate)
Professional & Civic Involvement
State Bar of Arizona, Member
District of Columbia Bar, Member
New York State Bar Association, Member
Articles & Presentations
Speaker, ABA Seminar, After Enron, 2006
Speaker, Chicago Bar Association, Company Stock Litigation, 2006
Speaker, West LegalWorks ERISA Litigation Conference, 2007
Speaker, National Center for Employee Ownership, Fiduciary Implications of Company Stock Lawsuits, 2012 and 2013
Honors & Awards
Best Lawyers in America (19th ed.) – ERISA practice.