← Return to PEOPLE Print

Ralph V. Pagano, Equity Partner

DIRECT 212.937.4004   FAX 212.937.4050

Ralph's practice is diverse, spanning complex legal matters involving technology, aviation, motor vehicles, premises liability, intellectual property, insurance, entertainment, and commercial disputes. In addition to litigating hundreds of cases over his career, he is one of only a few lawyers that has litigated the rights of actors under the Screen Actor's Guild Commercials Contract. Ralph has represented a wide range of clients including some of the most prestigious Fortune 100 and Fortune 500 companies in the world, to pro bono clients that need a voice. As a member of the Bar of New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, Ralph routinely handles matters in those jurisdictions as counsel of record. In addition, he has represented clients in all aspects of litigation in other jurisdictions throughout the United States. As a trusted advisor, Ralph works very closely with his clients to seek the most expedient and economical resolution possible, and has engaged in various forms of Alternate Dispute Resolution to that end. However, when necessary, Ralph will take a case to trial and has done so a number of times.

Before changing careers to become a lawyer, Ralph was an engineer with Western Union, RCA/GE American Communications and AT&T Bell Laboratories, making him well suited for some of the complex matters in which the Firm is engaged. He has united his technological and legal pursuits by becoming a registered patent attorney before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Ralph furthers his interest in aviation by actively exercising his privileges as a licensed instrument-rated pilot. He has always been passionate about the Arts, and enjoys counseling clients in the Arts, and in all areas of his practice. Among his accomplishments, he has been recognized among his peers and clients by being bestowed with the highest assessment, an AV rating from Martindale Hubbell.

Ralph earned both Bachelor of Engineering and Master of Engineering degrees from Stevens Institute of Technology. He received his Juris Doctor degree from Fordham University School of Law, and subsequently earned a Master of Laws Degree in trial advocacy from Temple University, where he later served as an Adjunct Professor for that program to instruct other lawyers on the nuances of trying cases.

Ralph has written and delivered papers and speeches for major conferences and journals sponsored by, among others: ABA – Torts and Insurance Practice Section, ABA – Aviation Litigation Section, Aircraft Builders Council, Lawyer Pilots Bar Association, and the International Society for Optical Engineering. In addition, he has been cited in the U.K. Parliament’s Select committee on Trade and Industry, relating to space regulatory matters.


New York
Tower 49 - 31st Floor
Twelve East 49th Street
New York, York, NY 10017
  New Jersey
116 Village Boulevard
Suite 200
Princeton, NJ 08540


Temple University - LLM in Trial Advocacy, 1997

Fordham University School of Law - J.D., 1993

Stevens Institute of Technology - B.E., 1984;
M.E., 1988


New York, New Jersey,
Pennsylvania, 1993