Ronald C. Minkoff is a partner in the Litigation Group and Head of the Professional Responsibility Group. He handles a wide variety of commercial litigation, both simple and complex, including business break-ups, partnership disputes, professional liability cases, securities lawsuits, and domestic and international trade disputes. He is also a leading professional responsibility lawyer, conducting disciplinary defense, providing ethics advice, making and defending disqualification motions, and serving as an expert witness. Mr. Minkoff was recently named a fellow of the prestigious Litigation Counsel of America, and was appointed by the Chief Judge of the New York Court of Appeals to serve on the newly created Task Force on Commercial Litigation in the 21st Century. Mr. Minkoff was named the Best Lawyers' 2011 New York Ethics and Professional Responsibility Lawyer of the Year, and has been named a New York-area “Super Lawyer” for Professional Liability: Defense Work and Business Litigation by Law and Politics magazine for seven consecutive years.
In commercial litigation, Mr. Minkoff represents businesses and individual professionals and executives. He currently represents securities professionals being sued by customers for losses in energy, dot.com, and telecommunications stocks. He represents several law firm partners in partnership disputes. And he represents an internationally known petrochemist in an oil and gas venture dispute.
Mr. Minkoff is also one of New York State’s leading practitioners in the field of attorney ethics and professional responsibility, representing attorneys in a wide variety of matters including partnership disputes, disciplinary cases, and malpractice and intentional tort actions. He is an Adjunct Professor of Professional Responsibility at New York University School of Law. He is a member of several Bar Committees, including the Committee on Standards of Attorney Conduct and the Special Committee to Review the Code of Judicial Conduct of the American Bar Association. He is also the Chair of the Task Force on Professionalism of the New York County Lawyers Association, a former member of the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Professionalism, and a past President of the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers. He is a member of the Media Law Resource Center (MLRC) ethics committee and has written extensively for the New York Professional Responsibility Report, The Professional Lawyer, The New York Law Journal, and other publications. Mr. Minkoff is a frequent lecturer on the law of lawyering -- including the attorney-client privilege, New York Judiciary Law § 487 claims, the ethical duties of lawyers serving as directors, multijurisdictional practice, and the obligations of departing law partners.
Mr. Minkoff is a graduate of Columbia Law School (JD, 1980). He was an attorney at the Nassau County Legal Aid Society (1980-83), and was associated with Obermaier Morvillo & Abramowitz, P.C. (1983-85) and Owen & Fennell (1985-87). Mr. Minkoff was a member of Fennell & Minkoff (1987-94) and Beldock Levine & Hoffman (1994-2001) before joining Frankfurt Kurnit.