Richard J. Ramones concentrates his practice in the area of complex litigation, including but not limited to, environmental, toxic tort and commercial litigation in state and federal courts. He is admitted to practice in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey.
Rich also advises clients on compliance with state and federal environmental laws and regulations, including negotiating access agreements. He also assists clients with reviewing and finalizing commercial and insurance agreements, especially when litigation is anticipated or imminent.
Prior to joining Archer, Rich was a law clerk for the Honorable Richard F. Wells, Superior Court of New Jersey, Civil Division. He also clerked for the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office, the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the legal department of a major mutual fund company. Before attending law school, Rich taught reading comprehension and verbal communication for children with learning disabilities.
Rich is closely involved in the leadership of various non-profit, charitable and mentorship organizations throughout New Jersey, Pennsylvania and the Delaware Valley.
- Defending a nationwide vendor and supplier for prison commissaries in a multi-party tort action in federal court.
- Obtained favorable result for national petroleum and energy company in a multi-million dollar maritime action in federal court in order to recover repair costs and economic damages as a result of a pipeline collision.
- Defending a nationwide owner and operator of cemeteries and funeral homes in a variety of commercial disputes.
- Lead counsel in multi-party action involving the diminution in value of commercial property and related claims under New Jersey’s Spill Compensation and Control Act.
- Lead counsel in defending a historical dry cleaning operation under New Jersey’s Spill Compensation and Control Act.
- Defending a multi-billion dollar action brought by New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection for cleanup and removal costs and damages associated with the Passaic River. Among other things, analyzing historical discharges and contaminant transport involving hundreds of sites throughout the Passaic River and Newark Bay, as well as addressing complex factual and legal issues concerning causation.
- Defending claims brought in federal court by state natural resource trustee alleging MTBE contamination of surface waters and groundwater.
- Defending multi-billion dollar action brought by New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection concerning alleged Natural Resources Damages at a major refinery, involving factual and legal questions concerning the feasibility issues that can arise during remediation and restoration activities of an operating refinery.
- Defeated summary judgment on behalf of client in a Dram Shop matter involving severe injuries and multiple parties.
- Lead counsel in a gross negligence and property damage action against a regional pesticide company.
Professional And Community Involvement
- Co-Chair – Energy, Environment, and Sustainability Committee – National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) (current)
- Member of the Board of Directors and Law Student Outreach Co-Chair – Asian-Pacific American Bar Association of Pennsylvania (APABA-PA) (current)
- Member of the Board of Directors – Asian-Pacific American Lawyers Association of New Jersey (APALA-NJ) (past)
- Board Member – Recent Graduate Council, Rutgers School of Law | Camden (past)
Other Memberships and Active Roles:
- Energy, Environment, and Sustainability Committee – National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA)
- 2015 – Collaborative Bar Leadership Academy (CBLA) Participant
- Member – National Filipino American Lawyers Association (NFALA) and Filipino American Lawyers Association of New York (FALA New York)
- Community Outreach Committee – Asian-Pacific American Bar Association of Pennsylvania (APABA-PA)
- Young Lawyers Committee Member – Camden County Bar Association
- Mentor – Rutgers School of Law Journal of Law and Religion Alumni Network
- 2009 Alumni of the Philadelphia Diversity Law Group (PDLG)
Awards And Recognition
- Distinguished Community Service Award – APALSA, Rutgers School of Law | Camden (2012-13)
- Top Oralist-Preliminary Rounds and Semi-Finalist in the James Hunter Advanced Moot Court Competition (2010)
Articles & Presentations
- Panelist, “Judicial Clerkship Panel” Philadelphia Diversity Law Group’s Judicial Clerkship Seminar (June, 2015).
- Panelist, “Aspiring Leaders in Emerging Areas of Law” National Asian-Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) and National Asian-Pacific American Law Student Association (NAPALSA) Conference (National Conference in Scottsdale, Arizona, November 2014).
- Panelist, “Judicial Clerkship Panel,” Philadelphia Diversity Law Group (June 2014).
- Panelist, “Recent Graduate Panel,” Rutgers School of Law | Camden, Women’s Law Caucus (Spring 2013).
- Note, “Religion Discrimination or Legitimate Uniform Policy? A Critique and Analysis of the Third Circuit’s Decision to Uphold a Private Prison’s Ban on Employees Wearing Khimars: EEOC v. The Geo Group, Inc.,” Rutgers Journal of Law and Religion’s 12th Volume.