Ron Kilgard

Phoenix

3101 North Central Avenue, Suite 1400
Phoenix, Arizona 85012-2600

P: 602.230.6324
F: 602.248.2822

 

 

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 17 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, and he was part of the team that obtained settlements of over $265 million (in cash) in the Enron 401(k) litigation. In 2017, after six years of litigation, Ron prevailed in an action challenging as unconstitutional the cutbacks to the pensions of Arizona state court judges.

Ron is a Phoenix native. He clerked for the Honorable Mary M. Schroeder, U. S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, in 1979-80 and has practiced in Phoenix ever since. He was one of the lawyers who formed the Phoenix affiliate of Keller Rohrback L.L.P. in November 2002. When not practicing law, he enjoys reading on the porch of his 1915 house with his Golden Retriever.


Bar and Court Admissions

1979, Arizona Supreme Court

1979, U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona

1982, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

1995, U.S. Supreme Court

2007, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan

2005, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

2005, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

2009, District of Columbia Court of Appeals

2010, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

2010, U.S. District Court for the District of North Dakota

2011, New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division

2012, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York

2013, U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado

2013, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit

2014, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

2014, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

2015, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit

2015, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit

2016, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois

2016, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma

2016, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri

2016, U.S. District Court of the Central District of Illinois

2016, U.S. District Court of the Northern District of Indiana


Education

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

National Immigrant Justice Center, Pro Bono Counsel


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

Speaker, ACI National Forum on ERISA Litigation, New Developments in Church Plan Litigation, 2015-2017


Honors & Awards

Best Lawyers in America (19th ed.) – ERISA practice.