Ronald W. Dunbar, Jr.

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Ronald W. Dunbar, Jr. is a partner and founder of the firm.  Mr. Dunbar is a trial lawyer with over twenty years of experience in complex civil litigation.  He focuses on insurance defense litigation, including products liability and motor vehicle cases.  Mr. Dunbar also focuses on commercial litigation, adversary proceedings in bankruptcy court and construction litigation.

Mr. Dunbar represents multinational corporations, Fortune 500 companies, technology start-ups and individuals in sophisticated commercial disputes and regulatory investigations instituted by state and federal agencies in the areas of securities and health care regulation.  Mr. Dunbar has tried cases in state and federal court in Massachusetts and Rhode Island and in state and federal administrative proceedings before the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, the Social Security Administration and the Department of Industrial Accidents.

Mr. Dunbar's success on behalf of his clients has been featured twice on the front page of Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly.  

Representative Matters:

  • Successfully represented mortgagee including serving as co-counsel before the United States Supreme Court in case involving appellate jurisdiction in bankruptcy proceedings, resulting in unanimous decision in client’s favor on May 4, 2015.  Bullard v. Blue Hills Bank f/k/a Hyde Park Savings Bank, 135 S. Ct. 1686 (2015).
  • Successfully represented a closely held Massachusetts corporation and its majority shareholder before the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court resulting in a unanimous decision in clients’ favor on March 14, 2014 overturning a seven figure jury verdict. Selmark Associates Inc. v. Evan Ehrlich, 467 Mass. 525 (2014).
  • Represented commercial mortgage-backed securities trust in connection with prosecution of claim against Bank of America seeking repurchase of hundreds of millions of dollars worth of loans. 
  • Achieved a defense verdict after a jury trial in a products liability case on behalf of Home Depot Inc. and a Pennsylvania manufacturer of orbital sanders. 
  • Achieved a defense verdict after a jury trial in a products liability case on behalf of Stanley Tools (a division of Stanley Black & Decker). 
  • Achieved a defense verdict after a jury trial in a fraud case on behalf of the former Chief Executive Officer of a large software corporation brought by the corporation’s lender seeking millions of dollars in damages.   

Education:

  • The Pennsylvania State University, 1990, B.S., Accounting
  • Marshall College of Law, 1994, Juris Doctor

Admissions:

  • Commonwealth of Massachusetts
  • State of Rhode Island
  • State of Maine
  • United States District Court, District of Massachusetts
  • United States District Court, District of Rhode Island
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois (general admission)
  • First Circuit Court of Appeals
  • United States Supreme Court

Teaching:
Formerly an adjunct professor of law at Southern New England School of Law (now the University of Massachusetts School of Law) teaching Federal Courts and Administrative Law and formerly a lecturer at New England School of Law teaching Trial Practice.