Attorney Ron A. Austin is on a mission to change the world for the better "one case and one client at a time." Having won thousands of favorable verdicts, including a landmark $1 billion judgment against global energy giant Exxon Mobil, he has established a reputation as one of the top plaintiff trial lawyers, known for his shrewd strategic approach and uncanny ability to close a deal.
Ron Austin Law, the firm he first established in 1995 and renamed in 2001, is a nationally-recognized leader in personal injury and mass torts with extensive multi-state and multi-district experience. They have taken on some of the largest and most complex litigation in the history of jurisprudence and routinely succeed in securing multi-million-dollar verdicts and settlements.
Southern University School of Law, J.D.
Southeastern Louisiana University, Criminal Justice, B.S., with high honors
Besides being a trailblazer in mass tort cases, Ron manages staff attorneys who work on portfolios involving pharmaceuticals, medical malpractice, insurance bad faith, wrongful death, mesothelioma, product liability, criminal disputes, and immigration.
After earning his undergraduate degree at Southeastern Louisiana University and a Juris Doctor from Southern University Law School at Baton Rouge, Ron embraced civic responsibility as a political volunteer. His first professional job was with an environmental law firm that handled class action suits. He later sharpened his skills as a prosecutor in the Juvenile and Felony Trial divisions, where he tried nearly 100 jury trials, including the first ever intentional exposure to AIDS criminal case.
Environmental justice emerged as the practice that most attracted Ron's intellectual interest and social consciousness. He committed himself to helping "businesses and communities attain financial resources through lawsuits that help them rebuild after life-altering catastrophes." Viewing "litigation as a formidable tool in fighting for fairness, I am dedicated to helping communities and businesses achieve that, especially after their lives have been devastated by events that might have been prevented with less focus on profit and more focus on people."
Ron credits his father for setting the example that led to his success. During high school, he worked two jobs, one of them for his father's construction business. This experience piqued his interest in real estate and subsequent development of hotels and other large-scale projects. "My dad made sure I understood the meaning of 'to whom much is given, much is required.' He was always giving back to the community."
Ron is a lifetime member of the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity and an active member of several prominent bar associations, including the American Bar Association, American Association of Justice, Louisiana Association of Justice, the National Bar Association, and the New Orleans and Jefferson Bar Associations. He is a former adjunct professor at Tulane University and Southern University Law School and routinely speaks on a variety of topics, such as mass torts, product liability, leadership, and entrepreneurship.
Ron's commitment to his community is deep and his efforts far-reaching, including his annual back-to-school rally, now in its 18th year, support for summer youth camps in South Louisiana, lead sponsorship of the Jefferson Parish Martin Luther King Day parade, sponsorship of students and underprivileged athletic teams, and pro bono work for people with developmental disabilities. To sustain life balance, Ron enjoys shopping for art and antiques in the French Quarter, cooking, and being a doting dad to his two daughters.