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Robert J. Ridge



One Oxford Centre
301 Grant St, 14th Floor
Pittsburgh, PA 15219


1290 Suncrest Towne Centre
Morgantown, WV 26505
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J.D., cum laude, Georgetown University, Washington, DC, 1984
B.A., magna cum laude, University of Dayton, Dayton, Ohio, 1981
State Bar Licenses
West Virginia
Court Admissions
U.S. District Ct., N.D. of West Virginia
U.S. District Ct., S.D. of West Virginia
U.S. District Ct., W.D. of Pennsylvania
U.S. Court of Appeals, 3rd Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, 4th Circuit
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Robert J. Ridge


Robert J. Ridge is a Member of Clark Hill’s Litigation group and focuses his practice in the areas of white-collar criminal defense and internal investigations. He currently co-chairs the Clark Hill White Collar Criminal Defense and Internal Investigations group with Martin E. Crandall of the Detroit Office, a group which includes more than 15 lawyers in 12 cities.

Bob's practice focuses on white collar criminal defense, internal investigations, false claims act litigation and civil matters involving allegations of financial fraud and breach of fiduciary duties. He has defended clients in investigations conducted by federal and state grand juries, the Commonwealth's Attorney General, the SEC, the Pennsylvania State Ethics Commission, and the Judicial Qualifications Commission. Bob has worked with clients in a variety of industries, such as health care, pharmaceuticals, technology, banking, securities, manufacturing and automotive. Bob has defended clients in investigations and prosecutions involving health care reimbursement issues, off-label marketing of pharmaceuticals, the distribution, importation and marketing of scheduled drugs and Anti-Kickback violations. He has prosecuted and defended complex RICO and commercial fraud disputes involving securities issues, real estate investment financing, fraudulent transfers, and the misuse of trade secrets. He is also a graduate of The Federal Bar Association Mediation Training Program. Benchmark Litigation recognized Bob as a leading litigator in 2013, 2014 and 2015. For the past 15 years, he has been named a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer, an honor bestowed upon the top five percent of Pennsylvania lawyers. Bob is Leader of Mackrell International’s White Collar Practice Group.

Bob began his career as a narcotics prosecutor in Miami-Dade County, Florida and later served as a Trial Attorney, Criminal Division, Fraud Section, United States Department of Justice where he prosecuted savings and loan fraud and securities fraud cases.


  • Presenter, "Uncovering and Proving Financial Fraud," PBI, January 2014.
  • Presenter, “When a Civil Case Turns Into a Government Investigation,” TRA seminar, November 2011.
  • Presenter, “Foreign Corrupt Practices Act,” Western Pennsylvania Association of Corporate Counsel Seminar, September 2011.
  • Panelist, “The Game Has Changed Under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) – How Will the Heightened Enforcement Affect You?” Marsh’s Academy of Risk, October 2010.
  • Panelist, “Litigating in Bankruptcy Court – Tips, Skills and Demonstrations,” PBI 15th Annual Bankruptcy Institute, September 2010.
  • Speaker, “Federal Enforcement Actions Against Gatekeepers: Recent Trends in DOJ and SEC Actions Against In-House Counsel,” Delaware Valley Association for Corporate Counsel (DELVACCA) seminar, August 2010.
  • Speaker, “A Survey of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act,” PBI seminars in Pittsburgh, Harrisburg and Philadelphia, June 2009.
  • Speaker, “Corporate Ethics/Fraud Compliance,” Association for Corporate Growth (ACG Pittsburgh) meeting, May 2009.
  • Speaker, “Anti–Corruption and the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act,” Legal Counsel Summit in Stockholm, Sweden, December, 2008.
  • Panelist, “The Subprime Mortgage Meltdown,” Pennsylvania Bar Institute Course presented to the Business Lawyers' Institute in Philadelphia, November 2008.
  • Moderator and Course Planner, “Making Sense of the Subprime Mortgage Mess,” Pennsylvania Bar Institute course presented in Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. July 2008.
  • “Foreign Corrupt Practices Act,” presented to the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, December 2, 2007.
  • Moderator, ABA Criminal Justice Section “Subpoenaing Sources: Lessons from the Libby Case,” held October 18, 2007, New York, NY.
  • Presenter, University of Dayton School of Law Project for Law and Business Ethics Symposium entitled “Unearthing Corporate Wrongdoing: Detecting and Dealing with Ethical Breaches in the Business World,” October 25, 2007, Dayton, Ohio.
  • Presenter, NBI Course,“Winning Your First Civil Trial”, held April 26, 2007, Pittsburgh, PA.
  • "Internal Investigations," Presented to the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, January 2005.
  • Faculty for the NBI course "Succeeding in Federal Court: What You Need to Know about Rules and Procedures," December 2004.


  • “The Congressional and Executive Response to the Ukrainian Crisis and the Growing U.S. Impatience with Official Corruption,” E-Alert, March 2014.
  • “Revisiting the Subprime Meltdown: A Report from the ‘Tranches’,” Communiqué, August 2011.
  • Robert J. Ridge, Tips From the Courtroom: A Trial Lawyer's Suggestions for Building a Successful Compliance Plan, Inside the Mind Series by Aspatore Books, July 2009.
  • Robert J. Ridge and Ms. Mackenzie A. Baird: “The Pendulum Swings Back: Revisiting Corporate Criminality and the Rise of Deferred Prosecution Agreements” – Volume 33, University of Dayton Law Review 187 (2008).
  • “Identifying the Categories of Disputes Emerging From the Subprime Meltdown,” The Subprime Crisis: A Thomson West Special Report, March 2008.
  • "Judge Upholds Rights for Targets of Parallel Civil and Criminal Prosecutions," Washington Legal Foundation Legal Backgrounder, August 10, 2007.
  • "Protection Against the Devil Within: Managing the Risk of Financial Frauds in the Construction Industry," Construction Law News, October 2005.
  • "Financial Institutions Alert" re Fairbanks Capital.
  • “Clinton, Pinochet and the Rule of Law,” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, January 13, 1999.
  • “If Feds Come Calling, Plan Ahead to Protect Your Company’s Rights,” Pittsburgh Business Times, October 30, 1995 (co-author: Mead)­.
  • “Feds Clamp Down on Fraud in the Health Care Industry,” Pittsburgh Business Times, June 12, 1993­.
  • “Corporations and Criminal Law,” Dynamic Business, December 1991.
  • "Forewarned is Forearmed - Some Reflections on the Relationship Between Counsel and the Department of Justice," Communiqué, April 2008.
  • "Are U.S. Companies and Executives Safe When the Public Is Not? A Look at FDA Enforcement in the International Arena," Communiqué, April 2008.
  • “Understanding Recent Developments in the Subprime Lending Market”, Communiqué, March 2007 (co-author: Rushak).
  • “Recent Developments in Employee Indemnification: One Federal Court’s Attempt to Restore Balance to the Federal Criminal Justice System,” Communiqué, July 2006.
  • “Responding to GIC Investigations,”Communiqué, February 2005.
  • Robert J. Ridge and Ms. Ellen G. McGlone: “A Practitioner’s Guide to Pennsylvania’s Newly Adopted Uniform Fraudulent Transfer Act” – Volume 99, Dickinson Law Review (Fall 1994).
2020: Best Lawyers in America
2020: Super Lawyers - Selected for inclusion in Pennsylvania Super Lawyers & Rising Stars list.
2020: Benchmark Litigation Star - Benchmark Litigation
American Law Institute (currently serves as an adviser on the Government Ethics Project and on the Members Consultative Group, Model Penal Code)
Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America
Graduate, Leadership Pittsburgh
National Law Alumni Board, Georgetown University Law Center
Board Member, Auberle, Pittsburgh, PA (a social services organization serving the needs of children and families)
Allegheny County Bar Association, Board of Governors
Allegheny County Bar Foundation, Past President
Trial Attorney, Fraud Section, United States Department of Justice (1987-1989)
Assistant State Attorney, Dade County, Florida (1984-1987)
Executive Editor, American Criminal Law Review (1983-1984)

Bob Ridge and Elizabeth Collura obtained a significant victory in the Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, on behalf of our client who is an inmate in the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections. DOC facilities have recently come under scrutiny from the Department of Justice for the inhumane treatment of inmates in solitary confinement.  The inmate has been held in solitary confinement for over seven years. A corrections officer mistakenly released him from his cell. Once the officers secured him and de-escalated the situation, they restrained him in a restrictive movement chair for over 14 hours. The District Court granted summary judgment for the defendants and dismissed the case. On appeal, the Third Circuit issued a precedential opinion, holding that the District Court misapplied the legal standard for evaluating excessive force claims in 8th Amendment civil rights cases. The Third Circuit also held that the District Court must analyze the Department of Justice’s reports on the DOC facilities under the Rules of Evidence, because they may be relevant evidence at trial. 


Represented pharmaceutical executives in connection with pricing and off-label marketing investigations.
Represented health care providers in administrative hearings involving physician privileges disputes.
Represented provider of cellular telephone service in state Deceptive Trade Practices action.­
Successfully prosecuted federal False Claims Act (qui tam) case involving fraud in obtaining United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) loans.
Prosecuted federal False Claims Act cases on behalf of qui tam relators.­
Prosecuted civil rights and wrongful discharge claims against a nationally recognized research university on behalf of a research scientist wrongfully accused of scientific misconduct.
Defended researchers and physicians against allegations of scientific misconduct in connection with both basic science research and clinical trial research.
Secured dismissal of a patient abuse and neglect indictment brought against the provider of juvenile residential treatment services.
Represented target defendant in national commercial bribery prosecution and successfully negotiated a favorable plea agreement.
Represented specialty retailer indicted for possession of illegal electronic surveillance equipment.
Represented sub-prime lenders in state Attorney General’s investigation, and negotiated agreement to refer state and consumer disputes to streamlined alternative dispute resolution process.
Conducted internal investigation of cost report accounting fraud at large regional health care provider.
Conducted internal investigations into employee misappropriation of funds, vendor fraud, insurance fraud and sexual harassment in industries ranging from health care to basic metals to broadcasting.
Counseled clients and investigated allegations of violations of the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.
Served as a state and federal prosecutor, including several years as a member of the Department of Justice’s Bank Fraud Task Force.
Successfully defended large regional hospital against claims of professional malpractice.
Served as a Member of the Department of Justice’s Dallas Bank Fraud Task Force, investigating and prosecuting fraud in the savings and loan, and the securities industries in the Southwestern United States.
Successfully conducted extensive internal investigation and ultimately recovered misappropriated funds for a large regional hospital.
Represented directors of community bank in derivative action by shareholder.
Successfully defended entrepreneur against RICO claims arising from alleged misappropriation of trade secrets.
Defended physicians and hospitals in state and federal health care fraud investigations.
Successfully defended class-action against mortgage lender and title company alleging violations of RESPA and TILA.
Successfully recovered funds for Unsecured Creditors following investigation of fraudulent conveyance arising from acquisition of a large regional construction firm.­
Defended numerous health care providers against state and federal health care fraud investigations.
Defended member of the judiciary in judicial qualifications proceedings and related disqualification proceedings.
Defended a former bank president in proceedings initiated by the Office of Thrift Supervision.­ Successfully represented national bank in predatory lending investigation by the State Attorney General.
Conducted internal investigations of alleged theft/embezzlements in the metals, banking and health care industries.­