Michael F. Ram

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Class Action & Mass Torts Attorney in Berkeley, CA

Robins Kaplan LLP
 | 46 Shattuck Square, Suite 100
Berkeley, CA 94704
Phone: 650-784-4040
Fax: 650-784-4041
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1982
Education: Harvard Law School
Practice Areas:
  • Class Action/Mass Torts: Plaintiff (50%),
  • Business Litigation (50%)
    Attorney Profile

    Michael F. Ram has been a partner at Robins Kaplan LLP since joining the firm in April 2017. Located in its office in Mountain View, California, he represents individual and business clients throughout the state. Admitted to practice in California since 1982, Mr. Ram is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Eastern, Central, and Southern Districts of California, the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the 3rd, 9th, and 11th Circuits, and the Supreme Court of the United States.

    A significant portion of Mr. Ram's caseload has involved the representation of consumers in state and nationwide class actions. His successes have included a $30 million settlement of a lawsuit brought against Wells Fargo for improper mortgage interest charges, the denial of an appeal by Ford Motor Co. of the certification of a class of purchasers whose vehicles had defective parts, and a false advertising case brought against the manufacturer of a protein supplement. Mr. Ram's other experience has included business disputes, intellectual property litigation, and antitrust matters. His superior track record has earned him the esteem of his colleagues, as evidenced by his receipt of an AV Preeminent* peer review rating through Martindale-Hubbell. Mr. Ram has also received Public Justice's annual Trial Lawyer of the Year Award.

    Mr. Ram attended Cornell University as an undergraduate, where he majored in government and obtained a Bachelor of Arts magna cum laude in 1979. He then pursued his legal education at Harvard Law School and was awarded his Juris Doctor with honors in 1982. After he graduated, he was an associate at a San Francisco-based international law firm and then was a partner at area firms. Mr. Ram's professional affiliations have included The Bar Association of San Francisco.

    *AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

    Practice Areas
    • 50%Class Action/Mass Torts: Plaintiff
    • 50%Business Litigation


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    Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2020

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    About Michael Ram

    Admitted: 1982, California

    Professional Webpage: https://www.robinskaplan.com/lawyers/michael-ram


    • Named a “California Super Lawyer” by Super Lawyers (2006-2019)
    • In 1987 Michael was a co-recipient of the Trial Lawyer of the Year Award given by Trial Lawyers for Public Justice for a class action on behalf of veterans exposed to radiation.
    • Recipient of the “Trial Lawyer of the Year Award,” Trial Lawyers for Public Justice (1992)

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California
    • U.S. Supreme Court
    • U.S. District Court, Southern District of California
    • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
    • U.S. District Court, Central District of California
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
    • American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California, Lawyers Committee Board
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
    • California

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • San Francisco Bar Association; Legal Services Volunteer, Homeless Advocacy Project Volunteer

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Mike co-authored "New Class Certification Developments in Non-Personal Injury Product Defects/Consumer Protection Cases: Nationwide vs. Statewide Classes and the Role of Choice of Law" with Elizabeth J. Cabraser of Lieff, Cabraser, Heimann & Bernstein for the ABA's Ninth Annual National Institute on Class Actions, held in San Francisco on October 7, 2005.


    • McAdams v. Monier (2010) 182 Cal. App. 4th 174
    • Durnford v. MusclePharm Corp., 2018 U.S. App. LEXIS 28771, 2018 WL 4938190  (9th Cir. 2018)
    • Fowler v. Wells Fargo
    • Garcia v. Sun West
    • McAdams v. Monier 182 Cal. App. 4th 174 (2010)
    • Lowell v. American Cyanamid 177 F.3d 1228 (11th Cir. 1999)
    • Chamberlan v. Ford 402 F.3d 952 (9th Cir. 2005)

    Educational Background:

    • Cornell University, B.A. in Government, magna cum laude, 1979
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    46 Shattuck Square
    Suite 100
    Berkeley, CA 94704

    Phone: 650-784-4040

    Fax: 650-784-4041

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