Ronald J. Riccio
Ronald J. Riccio was born and raised in Jersey City. He received his B.A. degree cum laude from Seton Hall University in 1968 and Juris Doctorate degree from Seton Hall University School of Law in 1971, where he was a member of the school’s first public Law Review. Following a judicial clerkship with The Honorable Lawrence A. Whipple, United States District Court Judge, he began a sixteen-year career in private practice as a litigator, during which time he successfully represented plaintiffs and defendants in a number of major trial and appellate matters. He returned to his alma mater in 1988 when he was appointed Dean of Seton Hall University School of Law. He successfully served as Dean for eleven years, during which time he also taught Civil Procedure and Constitutional Law.
Dean Emeritus Riccio is admitted to practice in New Jersey and New York as well as before the United States Court of Appeals for the Second and Third Circuits and before the United States Supreme Court. He is general counsel for McElroy, Deutsch, Mulvaney & Carpenter. He has litigated, mediated, and arbitrated cases in a wide range of contexts, including appeals, class actions, constitutional matters, franchise disputes, tort claims, securities, business break-ups, employment disputes, court-appointed Discovery Master, court-appointed Settlement Master, and other Court appointments.
In 1999 Dean Emeritus Riccio was appointed by Federal Judge Neal McCurn as Settlement Master in connection with a claim by the Oneida Indian Nation to more than 270,000 acres of land in Central New York. The land was occupied by thousands of residents and was a highly publicized controversy. The Oneida claim was based on a 1985 Supreme Court decision holding that state and local governments may have illegally acquired land from the Oneidas more than 200 years ago. The dispute was ultimately settled.
In 2000 Dean Emeritus Riccio was appointed by New Jersey Superior Court Judge Clarkson Fisher as Settlement Mediator in connection with a dispute involving teacher salaries and teacher contributions to health insurance premiums. After more than 100 teachers from the Middletown schools had been jailed for disobeying a court order, the matter was referred to Dean Emeritus Riccio. He brokered a settlement.
In 2009 the City Council of Jersey City selected Dean Emeritus Riccio to provide a written report designed to improve the City’s development and redevelopment practices. The focus of the report was the promotion of integrity, efficiency, transparency, uniformity and fairness in Jersey City’s development and redevelopment processes.
Since the early 1990s Dean Emeritus Riccio has mediated more than 30 cases pursuant to the Federal Mediation Program established by Local Civil Rule for the Federal District Court in New Jersey. He continues to receive mediation appointments, as well as other court appointments, from New Jersey Federal District Court Judges. At least one of the matters he mediated under the Federal District Court Program involved environmental cleanup.
Dean Emeritus Riccio is a founding member and former Chairman of the New Jersey Commission on Professionalism, a former member of the New Jersey Domestic Security Preparedness Task Force and is the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Monmouth Medical Center. He is a Lifetime Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.
He has received numerous awards, including the New Jersey State Bar Foundation Medal of Honor, the Essex County Bar Foundation Person of the Year, top 100 New Jersey Business People by New Jersey Business News, Ann Klein Advocate Award for the Disabled, B’nai Birth Humanitarian Award of Excellence, Saint Thomas More Medal of Honor, ACLU of New Jersey Roger N. Baldwin Civil Liberties Award, and the Columbian Foundation’s Achievement and Humanitarian Award. He has also been listed in Super Lawyers® (2005-2015), a Thomson Reuters business, in the areas of General Litigation, Appellate, and Alternative Dispute Resolution. Dean Emeritus Riccio has also been listed in Best Lawyers® (2008-2015), a Woodward/White, Inc. business and partners with U.S. News & World Report, in the area of Appellate Practice and was also named as Newark's 2015 Appellate Practice "Lawyer of the Year" (No aspect of the advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court). He is the Seton Hall Law School’s 2016 Distinguished Alumnus of the Year.
Dean Emeritus Riccio continues to be a Professor of Law at Seton Hall Law School, where he teaches Constitutional Law, Comparative Constitutional Law, Civil Procedure, and Business Associations. He has been voted Professor of the Year five times by the student body and is a past recipient of the Andrea Catania Fellowship for Excellence In Teaching. He has been a lecturer for the New Jersey Law Journal’s annual review of New Jersey Civil Law.©