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Ronald C. Minkoff

Ronald C. Minkoff

Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz, PC

New York, NY, USA


Ronald C. Minkoff is a partner in the Litigation Group and Head of the Professional Responsibility Group. Mr. Minkoff is 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 law firm partnership disputes, attorney discipline cases, legal fee disputes and legal malpractice and professional liability cases on behalf of both plaintiffs and defendants. He also provides ethics opinions and advice to a wide variety of law firm clients.  In addition, he also serves as an expert witness in legal malpractice lawsuits and attorneys’ fees disputes.

Mr. Minkoff is a member of several Bar Ethics Committees, including the Committee on Standards of Attorney Conduct (COSAC) and the Committee on Professional Discipline of the New York State 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 has written extensively for the New York Professional Responsibility Report, The Professional Lawyer, The New York Law Journal, and other publications and is the co-Managing editor of the New York Legal Ethics Reporter. Mr. Minkoff has served as an Adjunct Professor of Professional Responsibility at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, New York University School of Law, Fordham Law School, and Brooklyn Law School. He is a frequent lecturer on the law of lawyering.

In addition, Mr. Minkoff represents businesses and individual professionals and executives in a wide variety of commercial litigation, including business break-ups, securities lawsuits, and domestic and international trade disputes. He represents several law firm partners and law firms in partnership disputes, lateral transitions and law-firm dissolutions. And he represents an internationally known petrochemist in an oil and gas venture dispute. Mr. Minkoff was a member of Chief Judge Lippman’s Task Force on Commercial Litigation in the 21st Century. He is also a member of the Council on Judicial Administration of the New York City Bar Association and of the Board of Directors of the New York County Lawyers’ Association.

Mr. Minkoff was named Best Lawyers’ 2011 New York Ethics and Professional Responsibility Lawyer of the Year. He was also recognized by Best Lawyers for his work in Commercial Litigation, Ethics and Professional Responsibility, Legal Malpractice, and Regulatory Enforcement matters. He has been named a New York-area “Super Lawyer” for Professional Liability: Defense Work and Business Litigation by Super Lawyers magazine for nine consecutive years.

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. He is admitted to practice in New York.

Representative cases:

Fragin v. First Funds Holdings LLC and Moses & Singer LLP, 2016 WL 4256984 (Sup. Ct. N.Y. Co. 2016);

Grynberg v. BP Exploration Operating Co. Ltd. 127 A.D.3d 553, 7 N.Y.S.3d 125 (1st Dep’t (2015);

Lakah v. UBS AG, 996 F.Supp.2d 250 (S.D.N.Y. 2014); QBE Ins. Co. v. Maloof, Lebowitz, Connahan & Oleske, 2105 WL 7188350 (Sup. Ct. N.Y. Co. 2015);

In re Lerner, 112 A.D.3d 144 (1st Dep’t 2013);

Frauzblau v. Cassin and Cassin LLP Index: 105949/10 Supreme Court New York County (2010);

Carl v. Cohen and Greenberg Traurig, LLP 23 Misc.3d 1110(A) 886 N.Y.S.2d 66 (2009);

Conopco, Inc. v. Wein, 2007 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 46945 (S.D.N.Y. 2007);

Trepel v. Dippold, 2006 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 78050 (S.D.N.Y. 2006).

Ronald C. Minkoff is associated with the following items:
Web Segment  Web Segment The Stack Decision and the Law Firm In-House Privilege - Staying Out of Trouble: The In-House Attorney-Client Privilege and Ethics and Technology Quiz Show, Thursday, December 22, 2016
Ethics Quiz Show - Staying Out of Trouble: The In-House Attorney-Client Privilege and Ethics and Technology Quiz Show, Thursday, December 22, 2016
Course Handbooks  Course Handbooks PLI Ethics Programs: Winter 2016
CHB Chapters  CHB Chapters Keeping the Privilege: A Primer on the “Stock” Decision; New York Legal Ethics Reporter, New York Legal Ethics (October 10, 2016) - PLI Ethics Programs: Winter 2016, Thursday, December 22, 2016
How to Lose Your Legal Fee, Part 1: Excessive Fees; New York Legal Ethics Reporter, New York Legal Ethics (February 2016) - PLI Ethics Programs: Winter 2016, Thursday, December 22, 2016
Why the “Stock” Decision Is Wrong—And Why It Is Right; New York Legal Ethics Reporter, New York Legal Ethics (October 10, 2016) - PLI Ethics Programs: Winter 2016, Thursday, December 22, 2016
How to Lose Your Legal Fee, Part 2: Legal Fee Forfeiture; New York Legal Ethics Reporter, New York Legal Ethics (June/July 2016) - PLI Ethics Programs: Winter 2016, Thursday, December 22, 2016
PLI Quiz Show Questions - PLI Ethics Programs: Winter 2016, Thursday, December 22, 2016
Lawyers Operating in the Cloud: Ethics and Related Issues (Substantive Outline) - Cloud Computing 2017: Key Issues and Practical Guidance, Thursday, June 01, 2017
MP3 Audio  MP3 Audio The Stack Decision and the Law Firm In-House Privilege - The Stack Decision and the Law Firm In-House Privilege, Thursday, December 22, 2016
Ethics Quiz Show - Ethics Quiz Show, Thursday, December 22, 2016
MP4 - Mobile Video Seg  MP4 - Mobile Video Seg Ethics Quiz Show - Ethics Quiz Show, Thursday, December 22, 2016
The Stack Decision and the Law Firm In-House Privilege - The Stack Decision and the Law Firm In-House Privilege, Thursday, December 22, 2016
On-Demand Web Programs  On-Demand Web Programs Staying Out of Trouble: The In-House Attorney-Client Privilege and Ethics and Technology Quiz Show, Saturday, December 31, 2016, New York, NY
Live Seminar  Live Seminar Staying Out of Trouble 2017: Hot Topics in Ethics and Avoiding Professional Discipline, Thursday, December 21, 2017, New York, NY
Staying Out of Trouble 2018: Hot Topics in Ethics and Avoiding Professional Discipline, Thursday, December 20, 2018, New York, NY
Live Webcast  Live Webcast Staying Out of Trouble 2017: Hot Topics in Ethics and Avoiding Professional Discipline, Thursday, December 21, 2017, New York, NY
Staying Out of Trouble 2018: The Intra-Firm Attorney-Client Privilege and Ethics and Technology Quiz Show, Thursday, December 20, 2018, New York, NY
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