Mr. Ratner has degrees from Cornell University, B.S. 1968 and Fordham Law School, J.D. 1974. He was admitted to practice in New York in 1974 and is also admitted to practice in the U.S. District Courts, Eastern, Northern and Western Districts of New York, the Federal Court of Claims, and the United States Supreme Court. He as been appointed a special master in the Supreme Court, New York County and an arbitrator in the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York. In addition, Mr. Ratner has been admitted Pro Hac Vice in both Federal and State courts nationwide.
Mr. Ratner has been litigating and trying a wide variety of cases for over thirty-five years. He has successfully handled product liability, medical malpractice, employment discrimination, class action, and civil rights lawsuits not only in New York, but in courts throughout the United States. He has been called a lawyer of “exceptional skill” by United States District Court Judge Charles Breyer as a result of a successful verdict in a California false arrest case.
Mr. Ratner has also successfully tried arbitrations involving claims against brokers and brokerage houses in forums established by the NASD and NYSE.
He has taught trial practice at Fordham Law School. He is a member of the American Association of Justice, the New York State Trial Lawyers Association, the New York State and American Bar Associations and has been elected to the rank of Advocate in the American Board of Trial Advocates.
Mr. Ratner not only manages the firm but is also active in all aspects of its practice. He is deeply involved in the firm’s mass tort work. He is currently on the Plaintiffs' Steering Committee in the Chantix multi-district litigation where he has been appointed Federal/State Liaison Counsel, a member of the Discovery Committee and a member of the Law and Briefing Committee. He is also chair of the Plaintiffs' Steering Committee in the New York Chantix litigation. He is one of four lead attorneys in the Raptiva co-ordinated litigation in California Superior Court, Alameda County. Mr. Ratner had been on the Plaintiffs' Steering Committee in the New York Bextra/Celebrex litigation and the Re Nu Contact Lens multi-district litigation in which he was asked to be lead trial counsel. He and the firm are also litigating cases involving Yaz/Yasmin, DePuy hips, Transvaginal mesh, and Fosamax femur fracture.
Mr. Ratner is on the Board of Directors of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association, a member of its executive committee, chair of its mass tort committee and editor-in-chief of its magazine, Bill of Particulars. He has lectured extensively on topics relating to mass torts, Employment Discrimination and trial practice. In addition, he was chosen by Lawdragon as one of the top 500 lawyers in the country, named a "Super Lawyer," and named a top 100 trial lawyer by the National Trial Lawyers.
Mr. Ratner is also a Dean of the New York State Trial Lawyers Institute.