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Ronald Balfour

Partner

Education

Columbia University School of Law, J.D., 2011

University of Illinois, B.A., 2008

Admissions

Illinois

New York 

Ron’s grandmother used to warn people not to get into arguments with him because they had no hope of winning. Clearly, his litigation skills developed at an early age.

Ron’s clients face the most complex of litigation but he works tirelessly to communicate legal issues in a way that is understandable to the client, a skill they very much appreciate. As a member of the Class Action Practice Group, Ron vigorously defends his clients’ interests by showing the claims against them are without merit while also working to minimize costs and exposure by defeating class certification as early as possible. Along the same lines, Ron works hard to protect parent corporations and individual shareholders by ensuring that liability is properly limited to the party actually responsible for the actions at issue. Ron’s practice has given him the opportunity to defend putative class claims involving a wide range of substantive issues, from alleged consumer fraud to breach of contract, to housing and disability discrimination, and various statutes including the Illinois Consumer Fraud Act, the California Unfair Competition Law, the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, the Fair Housing Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act. In addition, Ron uses his complex litigation experience to help resolve business disputes arising out of business relationships, including insurer-agent, corporation-stockholder, and competitor disputes.

Ron occasionally takes his performing talents outside the courtroom. He is a member of the CBA Chorus and performs in the Chicago Bar Association’s Annual Bar Show.

Memberships & Involvement

  • Chicago Bar Association: Class Action Committee; Commercial Litigation Committee; Intellectual Property Committee
  • American Bar Association: Litigation Section; Class Action and Derivative Suits Committee; Intellectual Property Section  

Experience

  • Defeated certification of housing discrimination class at the pleading stage by successfully moving the court to strike the plaintiff's class allegations
  • Successfully moved to dismiss parent corporation and two individual shareholders of company sued for alleged consumer fraud
  • Defeated petition for writ of certiorari seeking Supreme Court review of Eleventh Circuit decision denying equitable toll during the pendency of a class action, despite circuit split on the issue
  • Obtained dismissal of nonresident claims based on application of Bristol-Myers to federal class action
  • Assisted with individual settlement – prior to even filing an answer – of a class action alleging that defendant's fast food restaurants had misled consumers because the cost of its extra value meal was greater than the sum of each of the components
  • Defeated motion for preliminary injunction seeking to impose against fast food franchisee – and subsequently obtained summary judgment on behalf of franchisee
  • Won motion to dismiss claims brought under novel legal theory asserted based on the Illinois Condominium Property Act and Illinois Consumer Fraud Act
  • Won motion to dismiss breach of contract claim in which insurance agent claimed it was owed millions in excess profits by insurer after terminated agency agreement
  • Convinced federal judge to bifurcate individual and class discovery in product liability case, leading Plaintiff to voluntarily dismiss case
  • Successfully moved to dismiss parent corporation alleged to be alter ego of company that purportedly violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act
  • Obtained dismissals of Americans with Disabilities Act claims and Rehabilitation Act claims
  • Obtained ruling effectively compelling arbitration of discrimination claims under the Americans with Disabilities Act and Rehabilitation Act

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