Ronald S. Safer



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Ron Safer litigates complex, high-stakes cases with a laser intensity that is often not recognized by his opponents until it’s too late. In fact, he is so calm and unflappable that many adversaries don’t ever see him coming. But when the dust finally settles, everyone definitely knows he was there.

His effectiveness in the courtroom became abundantly clear in 1989 soon after Ron went to work for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Chicago, where he became Chief of the Criminal Division and successfully prosecuted over one-hundred criminal defendants. Those cases ranged from complex financial fraud and public corruption to sophisticated, wide-reaching and long-term criminal enterprises. Ron conducted dozens of major jury trials and argued many cases before the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals before returning to private practice in 1999.

Now an accomplished and effective defense lawyer, Ron possesses an impressive ability to command a courtroom and effectively execute a legal strategy. His clients’ problems become his own and he does not rest until they are solved. He has successfully defended clients in civil and criminal matters in wide-ranging subject matters including accounting fraud, tax fraud, kickback violations, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, environmental violations and securities fraud. He has extensive experience representing clients in federal and state court as well as before the U.S. Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Federal Trade Commission and state agencies too numerous to list.

  • Education

      • Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., 1983, magna cum laude
      • University of Pennsylvania, B.A., Economics, 1979, Wharton School, History ­ Faculty of Arts and Sciences, cum laude


      • Hon. Thomas A. Flannery, U.S. District Court, District of Columbia (1983–1984)

    Bar Admissions

      • Illinois 
      • U.S. Supreme Court
      • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
      • U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois
      • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois (Trial Bar)
      • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois
  • Professional Memberships

    • American College of Trial Lawyers

      • Fellow
    • Center on Wrongful Convictions

      • Executive Committee

    Honors & Awards

    • Justice John Paul Stevens Award 2017, Chicago Bar Association and Chicago Bar Foundation

    • Best Lawyers in America, U.S. News & World Report (2009, 2012-2014, 2016)

    • Illinois Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters (2005-2017)

    • Illinois Leading Lawyer, Law Bulletin's Illinois Leading Lawyers Network (2007-2010, 2012-2015)

    • Top 250 Business Lawyers, Law Bulletin's Illinois Leading Lawyers Network (2015)

    • Client Service All­Star, BTI Consulting Group (2014-2015)

    • Who’s Who Legal, Business Crime Defense Law Business Research (2013-2015)

    • Volunteer of the Year, Uhlich Children's Advantage Network (2014)

    • Chambers USA, Chambers & Partners (2006-2009, 2011-2017)

    • Top 100 Illinois Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters (2008-2011, 2014-2017)

    • Litigation Star, Euromoney's Benchmark Litigation (2013)

    • Who's Who in Chicago Business 2012: Law, Crain's Chicago Business

    • Litigation Star, Euromoney's Benchmark Litigation (2009-2012)

    • Top 100 Business Lawyer in Illinois, Illinois Leading Lawyers Network (2009)

    • Honored by the Center on Wrongful Convictions, For his Dedication to the Julie Rea Harper Case

    • Who's Who Legal Illinois, Law Business Research Limited (2007-2008)

    • Leading Lawyer, Law Bulletin's Illinois Leading Lawyers Network (2006)

    • Peer Reviewed AV® Preeminent™, Martindale­Hubbell (Since 1997)

    Speeches & Presentations

    • Ron has lectured for the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) on various subjects, including the use of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO), complex financial frauds and numerous areas of trial practice. He also continues to lecture for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) concerning complex investigations.