Jim Ringer specializes in international and domestic commercial litigation and arbitration. His practice encompasses class actions, securities, acquisitions, contracts, bankruptcy litigation, insurance, antitrust, partnerships, intellectual property, alcohol beverage law and distribution contracts, franchises and termination. He has represented companies and individuals in investigations conducted by the Securities and Exchange Commission and served as trial counsel on numerous domestic and international arbitrations and federal and state jury and bench trials.
Mr. Ringer's arbitration experience includes: representation of an investment advisor defending a finders fee claim by a former partner with respect to a financing in Oman, a half-billion dollar dispute involving the wheels and brakes for the Airbus A380 aircraft, an ICC arbitration between two multi-national major telecommunications companies concerning royalties and alleged breaches of cross-licensing agreements for cellular telephone technology; a dispute over oil and gas rights in Venezuela; a dispute over alleged breaches of a 15-year "cost plus" coal mining contract; a dispute over rights to acquire a Mexican telecommunications company; a dispute involving mismanagement and fraud in the operation of a student accident insurance business; a dispute over the design and manufacture of video equipment in Japan; a complex dispute involving six weeks of hearings arising out of the acquisition of a company in the steel industry; disputes arising out of the acquisition of an insurance company and various "earn-out" issues; disputes concerning investments in Latin America and related stock option issues; disputes arising out of telecommunications investments in Latin America; and, most recently, a complex dispute between companies in the aerospace industry involving long term contracts to supply components for a major commercial aircraft. He has conducted the trial of numerous disputes before panels administered by the International Chamber of Commerce, the London Court of International Arbitration, the American Arbitration Association, the New York Stock Exchange and the CPR Institute for Dispute Resolution. Mr. Ringer has acted as a neutral arbitrator in ad hoc matters and under the rules of the AAA and CPR and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and the New York Panel of Neutrals of the CPR International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution.
Mr. Ringer has had extensive experience in securities litigation. He represented one of the nation's leading securities firms in achieving a very favorable settlement in the largest securities fraud class action in history, an extremely complex action that arose out of the default of $2.25 billion of municipal bonds issued to finance construction of two nuclear-powered electric generating plants. He has represented issuers in Section 11 claims and has represented broker-dealers and investment bankers in a large variety of securities cases, including claims arising out of stock offerings in a Chinese cellular telephone manufacturer, an internet based broker-dealer with respect to claims arising out of its relationship with a brokerage company in the Czech Republic. He has also represented individuals and companies in insider trading investigations by the SEC and related litigation.
Mr. Ringer represented a major multinational corporation in six related federal actions and arbitrations involving alleged breach of contract to provide telephone switching equipment and a fuel company in a series of federal actions relating to fraud charges against a former company official. He has handled several post acquisition disputes on behalf of both buyers and sellers, including businesses in the steel, traffic control, electric products and computer technology industries. Mr. Ringer represented one of the nation's leading insurance companies in a complex series of over 30 federal and state class actions involving disputes arising out of a weather insurance program. Acting as trial counsel for the same client, he achieved a multi-million dollar recovery by asserting claims against its agent in the program. He has represented a major international reinsurance company in a dispute arising out of the acquisition of an insurance company. Mr. Ringer has testified in England as an expert witness on issues of US insurance law and asbestos liabilities.
In the intellectual property area, Mr. Ringer has handled several trademark and tradename infringement disputes and has represented a major pharmaceutical company in multi-faceted disputes involving claims of infringement of biotechnology patents, breach of contract, fraud and antitrust.
Mr. Ringer was formerly a partner at the international law firm Clifford Chance and its predecessor Rogers & Wells, where he started practice in 1968, and served as a lieutenant in the Judge Advocate General Corps of the United States Navy from 1969 to 1972. He received his undergraduate degree from Ohio University in 1965 and his JD from Cornell Law School in 1968, where he was an editor of the Law Review. He is admitted to the State and Federal Courts of New York and the United States Courts of Appeal for the 2nd, 4th, 9th and 11th Circuits. He serves on the editorial board of Alternatives, a publication covering alternative dispute resolution, is a co-author of "Disclosure," Haig, Commercial Litigation in New York State Courts (2d Ed. 2004), a co-author of, "Directors and Officers Liability Insurance Coverage" and "Insurance Coverage for Punitive Damages," Nonna, Pilarz & Healy, Insurance Law Practice, Second Edition (NYSBA 2006), and lectures and publishes regularly.
Mr. Ringer and his wife Jaquelyn, who have two children and three grandchildren, reside in Westchester, New York.