Ronald J. Schutz is the Managing Partner of the New York office and a member of the Executive Board of the national law firm of Robins Kaplan L.L.P. , where he has been for since 1987. He served four years (1981 to 1985) in the United States Army JAG Corps stationed with the 7th Infantry Division. His son Erik is a 2007 West Point Graduate. Ron became involved with Tee It Up for the Troops, because he doesn’t think our country does enough to support its troops and he wanted to get more involved.
Ron’s graduated from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1981. He earned his undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering at Marquette University in 1978. Ron is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and is listed in The Best Lawyers in America. In 2008 the National Law Journal named him to its annual list of the Top 10 Winning Litigators in the United States. Ron has received many awards and recognitions, including the following:
- Recipient of the Marquette University Opus College of Engineering Professional Achievement Award (2017)
- Listed in “Who’s Who Legal: Patents” (2017)
- Named a “Patent Star” Managing Intellectual Property (2016-2018)
- Named an “IP Star,” Managing Intellectual Property (2013-2015)
- Named a “Top Author” by JD Supra (2016)
- Named an “Intellectual Property Trailblazer & Pioneer,” The National Law Journal (2014)
- Listed as a “Recommended Individual for Litigation and Licensing (Minnesota),” and “Top National Plaintiff Patent Lawyer,” IAM 1000: The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners (2012-2017)
- Named a “Life Sciences Star,” LMG Life Sciences (2012-2014, 2016)
- Listed in IAM Strategy 300 – The World’s Leading IP Strategists (2012)
- Listed in IAM250 – World Leading IP Strategists (2011)
- Named a “Litigation Star,” Benchmark Litigation (2011-2017 editions)
- Named “Minneapolis Intellectual Property Lawyer of the Year,” Best Lawyers (2010, 2011, and 2017 editions)
- Ranked #1 in Minnesota for Litigation: Intellectual Property in Chambers USA (2008-2018)
- Listed in “500 Leading Lawyers in America,” Lawdragon (2010-2018)
- Named a “Minnesota Super Lawyer in Intellectual Property Litigation,” Super Lawyers (2003-2018), “Top 10 Super Lawyers” (2009, 2012-2018), and “Top 100 Minnesota Super Lawyers” (2006-2018)
- Listed in IAM250 – World Leading IP Strategists (2009)
- Recipient of the “Distinguished Alumni Award,” Minnesota Law Review (2009)
- Named a “Top 10 Winning Attorney,” by The National Law Journal (2008)
- Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
- Named to “3000 Leading Plaintiffs’ Lawyers in America,” Lawdragon (2007)
- According to Chambers USA’s profile “Ron Schutz’s trial experience has earned him a reputation as ‘one of the most successful IP lawyers in the country.’ Schutz, chair of the firm’s IP litigation department, has won a series of huge victories running to hundreds of millions of dollars.”
- Included in The Best Lawyers in America Eleventh Edition to the present
- Named by Minnesota Lawyer as one of its “Attorneys of the Year” (2004)
Ron is extensively involved in community and public affairs. He is a former Chair and current board member of the Center of the American Experiment. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities and a board member of the Guthrie Theater. He is a member of the St. Thomas Law School Journal Board of Advisors. Ron is also a past president of the University of Minnesota Law School Alumni Association. He is also the most recent past Chair of the Minnesota Commission on Judicial Selection (appointed by Governor Tim Pawlenty). In 2010 Campaigns & Elections Magazine named Ron one of the 100 most influential people in Minnesota politics. Ron also served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Pawlenty for President (2011 to 2012).
Ron married his high school sweetheart, Janet, and they have three adult children. Matt, their oldest is a graduate of Georgetown University and lives in London where he owns a consulting company. Erik is their number two son and a graduate of West Point. He served year-long tours in both Iraq and Afghanistan as an Infantry Officer. He left the Army in July 2012 to attend Harvard Business School and is now the CEO of an HR outsourcing company. Erik lives in Wayzata with his wife Erin. Their youngest, Kristin, is a graduate of SMU. She works in London for her older brother Matt.
In his spare time (of which he has little), Ron enjoys outdoor adventure activities, including running marathons and triathlons and hunting.