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Ronald A. King



212 E. Cesar Chavez Ave
Lansing, MI 48906
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J.D., Wayne State University Law School, Detroit, Michigan, 1991
B.A., The University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, 1986
State Bar Licenses
Court Admissions
U.S. District Ct., E.D. of Michigan
U.S. District Ct., W.D. of Michigan
U.S. District Ct., N.D. of Illinois
U.S. Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit

Ronald A. King


Ronald A. King is a member of Clark Hill PLC based primarily in the firm’s Lansing, Michigan office. Ron was elected to and served on Clark Hill’s executive committee from 2008-2013, a period in which the firm experienced significant and unprecedented growth in all aspects of its business. Ron brings a wealth of legal and practical experience to help clients solve a wide range of complex business, administrative and regulatory problems.

Ron has substantial experience in the area of public pension law. He presently serves as General Counsel to the Police and Fire Retirement System of the City of Detroit. He has served as special counsel and lead trial counsel for the General Retirement System of the City of Detroit and the PFRS since 2006. As General Counsel, Ron has a significant role in strategic planning, government relations, plan qualification and administration, investments, audit, actuary, regulatory compliance and litigation. Most recently, he played a significant and lead role on behalf of the retirement systems leading up to and following Detroit’s historic Chapter 9 bankruptcy case. Ron was integrally involved in all aspects of strategic planning, mediation, negotiation, and litigation involving this extraordinarily complex and sensitive matter. He led a team of attorneys and other diverse professionals in working through a myriad of complex legal, political, financial and practical issues which will have far-reaching consequences for Detroit and beyond. Ron continues to lead the PFRS and its Boards of Trustees, working closely with staff and trustees to thoroughly and clearly convey and analyze the many issues facing PFRS in the implementation of the Chapter 9 Plan of Adjustment and its on-going operations.

Ron also has extensive experience in all aspects of complex multi-party litigation involving diverse commercial matters, constitutional claims, and public pension-related disputes. He has personally conducted and supervised teams of internal and external attorneys in all phases of litigation in federal and state courts, and before federal, state and local administrative bodies, including regulatory and criminal investigations. These cases almost always involve significant risks and important outcomes. He has personally conducted and supervised all aspects of discovery, e-discovery, motion practice, trial, and settlement negotiations. He is particularly proficient at simplifying and clearly conveying complex data and concepts during litigation and trial and, as importantly, in the boardroom.

Ron has also represented a broad range of clients in all manner of environmental matters, including regulatory compliance and enforcement, and complex cost recovery litigation involving multiple parties. This work includes taking matters to trial and using world-class technology to explain complex issues to the bench and juries. He has worked with regulators and environmental consultants on developing corrective action plans and meeting compliance obligations. His environmental litigation experience is extensive, varied, and includes successfully defending property owners, operators, and transporters in actions brought by regulatory agencies and third parties, under federal and state statutes as well as common law. Ron has substantial experience in all aspects of hazardous waste management. Ron brings his considerable experience in environmental compliance and remediation to focus on achieving cost-effective, creative and environmentally sound solutions to client problems.

Ron also counsels clients in the development and implementation of business and strategic plans, including plans for business growth, risk management, and asset protection. He has extensive experience negotiating and drafting corporate documents, including by-laws, buy-sell agreements and stock, and asset purchase agreements. Ron is a trusted advisor and problem solver.

Leading Lawyer
State Bar of Michigan
National Association of Public Pension Attorneys
International Association of Employee Benefit Plans

On behalf of two of our firm’s largest clients, a multi-office and multi-practice group team of Clark Hill attorneys and others recently obtained a $7,300,000 non-dischargeable fraud and conversion judgment by summary proceedings against their opposition in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Georgia. The ruling came after substantial briefing completed by Jordan Bolton (Birmingham – Litigation), Peter Jackson (Detroit – Bankruptcy), and Stuart Schwartz (Detroit – Construction); and a nearly two-hour oral argument session, led by Jordan and Stuart, and supported by Tim Lee (Detroit – Summer Associate). Substantial additional support was provided by one of our client’s outside general counsel, Ronald King (Lansing – Litigation).