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Ronald Lee Burdge

Ronald Lee Burdge

Practice areas:

Lemon Law, Consumer Protection

About Me

Nationally known Consumer Law trial attorney, represented thousands of consumers in vehicle sales fraud and lemon vehicle cases since 1978, nearly 50 reported case decisions, Board Certified Civil Trial Attorney Since 2000, Ohio Super Lawyer every year since 2005. In 2004 named Trial Lawyer of the Year by the National Association of Consumer Advocates. In 2010 elected to the Board of Directors of NACA, the nation's premier professional organization of Consumer Law attorneys and advocates. He has widely lectured and taught on Lemon Laws, Consumer Laws and other legal subjects to lawyers, judges, private groups and law students.



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  Ron is the founder of the Burdge Law Office. As a young attorney starting out in 1978, the first case he worked on involved a used pickup truck where he represented an older consumer against an insurance company that didn’t want to pay $1,200. That case went all the way to the Ohio Supreme Court. He won the case.

  His second case was a "lemon" car case against Chrysler Corporation (before there even was a lemon law) and that case started a lifelong career of representing consumers against car dealers and manufacturers over defective vehicles and auto sales fraud.


  Success can be measured in lots of different ways and for Ron it’s not just winning a case but sometimes it’s running a crooked car dealer out of business too.


  Of course, sueing car dealers all the time can make it harder for the staff of Burdge Law Office to buy a new car, too. In fact, one legal assistant was told to "go elsewhere" when the car dealer found out where she worked. But that turned out okay, because she got a better deal somewhere else anyway.


  Ron has testified numerous times before the state legislature on Consumer Protection issues and has successfully represented consumers in thousands of Consumer Law cases all over Ohio. Often asked if he ever gets bored handling just these kinds of cases, Ron says "Never. Every case is different, every person is different. I don’t get bored. If anything, it just gets better."


  "When you handle cases in just one area of law, you get to know it forwards and backwards. You get a chance to help change the law that businesses live by, and you get to help people solve their problems every day. I wouldn’t do anything else."


  Lately though the associate attorneys at the Burdge Law Office have begun handling a broader range of Consumer Law cases, including Identity Theft and Credit Rights cases. "This is an area of law that has naturally come out of handling auto sales fraud and car cases," Ron says. "Credit is critical in nowadays and identity thieves can ruin a good person’s credit faster than a car dealer can rip you off — and that can be pretty fast!"


  Ron is a voracious reader and loves reading car magazines and business books sitting on a beach (islands are his second love). In fact, if there were more cars on Carribean islands, Burdge Law Office would probably have an office there and Ron would be running it.



 To view Ron’s complete resume, click here.


 


 

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Languages Spoken: Spanish

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1978

  1. Consumer Protection: 50%
    37 years
  2. Lemon Law: 50%
    37 years

Payment

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

266 total 

  • Howard M Lewis

    I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Burdge is the finest Lemon Law Attorney in Ohio and one of the top in the entire United States. He is the only attorney I would refer clients to. He is a strong and zealous advocate for his clients and a credit to the legal profession.

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    Howard Lewis Divorce & Separation Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Michael D. Donovan

    I endorse this lawyer's work. Ron is one of the preeminent consumer lawyers in the country. He tries cases and wins. He also contributes generously to the consumer bar and to the advancement of consumer law and justice.

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    Michael Donovan Class Action Attorney
    Relationship: Friend

Resume

License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
KYAuthorized to practice law200508/04/2009
OHActive197806/10/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
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Awards
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Ohio Super LawrThomson Reuters2015
Ohio Super LawyerThomson & Reuters2011
Ohio Super LawyerThomson & Reuters2010
Ohio Super LawyerLaw & Politics Magazine2009
Ohio Super LawyerLaw & Politics Magazine2008
Ohio Super LawyerLaw & Politics Magazine2007
Ohio Super LawyerLaw & Politics Magazine2006
Ohio Super LawyerLaw & Politics Magazine2005
Trial Lawyer of the YearNational Association of Consumer Advocates2004

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
President and FounderBurdge Law Office Co LPA1982 - Present
AssociateRuppert, Bronson & Chicarelli1978 - 1982

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Total Practice management AssociationMember2010 - Present
National Association of Consumer AdvocatesMember, Board of Directors2010 - Present
Legal Writing InstituteMember2009 - Present
International Association of Consumer LawMember2008 - Present
American Society of Legal WritersMember2008 - Present
Association of Certified Fraud ExaminersAssociate Member2006 - Present
Kentucky Bar AssociationMember2005 - Present
National Board of Legal Specialty CertificationBoard Examiner2002 - 2002
National Association of Consumer AdvocatesMember1990 - Present
Ohio Bar AssociationMember1978 - Present

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Reagans v Mountainhigh CoachworksConsumer prevailed
Klimaszewski v Ganley, Inc.Won appeal
Walker v State Farm Mutual Auto Insurance CompanyConsumer Prevailed in Settlement

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Publications
Publication NameTitleDate
ABA 2013 Review of Consumer Protection Law Developments2013 State Consumer Law Chapter, Hawaii2013
Ohio Consumer Law 2013-2014Odometer Fraud2013
Ohio Consumer Law 2013-2014Ohio Assistive Device Lemon Law2013
Ohio Consumer Law 2013-2014Ohio Lemon Law2013
Ohio Consumer LawOhio Lemon Law2012
ABA GPSolo MagazineConfidentiality in Settlement Agreements: Point/Counterpoint2012
Ohio Consumer LawAssistive Device Lemon Law2012
Ohio Consumer LawOdometer Fraud2012
Ohio Consumer LawOhio Assistive Device Lemon Law2011
Ohio Consumer LawOdometer Fraud2011
Ohio Consumer LawAssistive Device Lemon Law2010
Ohio Consumer LawOdometer Fraud2010
Ohio Consumer LawOdometer Fraud2009
Ohio Consumer LawAssistive Device Lemon Law2009
The Consumer AdvocateAttorney Fee Hearing Factors & Testimony2008
The Consumer AdvocateShould You Appeal, Again?2007
The Consumer AdvocateWhy You Must Go to Trial (The Spartan and the Trial Lawyer)2007
The Consumer AdvocateHow You Can, and Why You Should, Get a Free2006
Dayton Bar BriefsHow You Can and Why You SHould Get a Free Web Site2005
Cincinnati Bar Association ReportWhen Vehicles Turn Sour: A Look at Ohio's Lemon Law2000

Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Dayton School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1978
San Diego State UniversityMass CommunicationsBachelor of Arts1975
Merced CollegeCommunicationAssociate of Arts1973

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
CORT Consumer Law Training 2015Auto Fraud Violations and Claims2015
Fulton Co Bar Assn CLE ForumLemon Law Basics - Indiana2013
Florida Bar ConventionIntroduction to the Practice of Consumer Law2013
WebinarLemon Law - Beyond the Basics2012
Visiting Speaker Series, Consumer Law StudiesThe Economics of Practicing Consumer Law2012
Ohio State Bar Association 2012 Annual ConventionHow to Make a Living Practicing Poverty Law (Consumer Law) Issues2012
NACA WebinarLemon Law - Beyond the Basics2012
2012 NACA Auto Fraud ConferenceSettlement Tactics in Consumer Law Cases2012
2012 NACA Auto Fraud ConferenceMarketing Your Consumer Law Practice with Avvo2012
2012 NACA Auto Fraud ConferenceOpening Statements at Trial2012
2012 NACA Auto Fraud ConferencePlanning for Trial - Exhibit Use2012
2012 NACA Auto Fraud ConferenceBeginner's Auto Fraud 1012012
2012 ConventionHow to Make a Living Practicing Poverty Law Issues2012
Warranty Law Teleconference SeminarWarranty Law2011
NCLC Consumer Rights Litigation ConferenceCollecting Consumers' Judgments Against Difficult Defendants2011
NCLC Consumer Rights Litigation ConferenceExpert Witnesses at Trial2011
NCLC Consumer Rights Litigation ConferenceDeposing and Defending Experts in Depositions2011
NCLC Consumer Rights Litigation ConferenceSelecting and Preparing Expert Witnesses2011
NCLC Consumer Rights Litigation ConferenceTurning Clients' Clunkers Into Successful Claims (substitute speaker)2011
NACBA Annual Fall Bankruptcy Practice WorkshopEntrepreneurial Lawyer Myths, Business Economics & Success2011
Judge Advocates AssociationHawaii Lemon Car Laws2011
Consumer Law InstituteNew Media in Consumer Transactions & Its Implications for Litigation2011
Grantees MeetingRecovering Attorney Fee Awards in Consumer Protection Litigation2010
Consumer Law SeminarBusiness Success2010
2010 Autofraud Litigation ConferenceRunning a Successful Law Office in a Difficult Economy2010
2010 Autofraud Litigation ConferenceHow to Strengthen Your Claim for Attorney Fees2010
2010 Autofraud Litigation ConferenceStrategies for Getting You and Your Client Paid2010
Visiting Speaker Series, Consumer LawConsumer Law Practice Economics2009
Practicing Successful Consumer LawThe Auto Sales Fraud Toolbox2009
Doing Well While Doing Good ConferenceThe Fundamental Secret of Business Success2009
Consumer Rights Litigation ConferenceCross Examination of Adverse Expert Witnesses2009
Consumer Rights Litigation ConferenceAuto Sales 101: an Overview of the Psychology Behind the Retail Auto Sales Industry2009
Visiting Speaker Series, Consumer LawUnderstanding the Auto Industry2008
Visiting Speaker Series, Consumer LawThe Economics of Practicing Consumer Law2008
Teaching Consumer LawRecovering Statutory Attorney Fees in Consumer Law Cases2008
Consumer Sales Practices Act Discovery SeminaryDiscovery in Udap Cases: Finding the Fraud and Making it Stick2008
Consumer Rights Litigation ConferenceSuccessful Billing and Fee Practices2008
Consumer Rights Litigation ConferenceTrial Practice: The Psychology of Opening Statements & Closing Arguments2008
2008 Mortgage Lending Litigation ConferencePreparing for the Attorney Fee Hearing2008
2008 Auto Fraud ConferenceAttorney Fees in Auto Fraud Cases2008
2008 Auto Fraud ConferenceUnderstanding the Auto Industry2008
Consumer Rights Litigation ConferenceUnderstanding Car Dealer Documents2007
Consumer Rights Litigation ConferenceThe Business of Consumer Law2007
Consumer Law Studies, Visiting SpeakerEconomics of Practicing Consumer Law2007
Consumer Law Continuing Legal EducationDeveloping Consumer Law Cases for Trial2007
Consumer Rights Litigation ConferenceRecovering Attorney Fees in Car Cases2006
Consumer Rights Litigation ConferenceHow to Successfully Sue Dealers for Marking Up Finance Charges2004
Consumer Rights Litigation ConferenceDiscovery Practice and LItigation Strategies2003
8th Annual Consumer Law InstituteLemon Law2003
Ohio Judicial College ConferenceConsumer Sales Practices Act, Lemon Law, Warranty Law2002
Consumer Rights Litigation ConferenceIllegal Credit Pulls by Car Dealers2002
7th Annual Consumer Law InstituteLitigation Strategies2002
OATL 43rd Annual Convention, Consumer Law SectionConsumer Litigation & Attorney Fee Hearings2001
Consumer Rights Litigation ConferenceLitigating Against Car Dealers, Lessons from 20+ Years2001
6th Annual Consumer Law InstituteLemon Law, Warranty Law, Arbitration, Privacy Litigation2001
Consumer Rights Litigation Conference`Trial Practice: Closing Argument2000
Consumer Rights Litigation ConferenceCar Dealer Financing Scams2000
Ohio Consumer Law ConferenceOhio Consumer Law, Organizer & Presenter for 8 prior annual courses1999
Consumer Rights Litigation ConferenceLemon Law Litigation, How Car Sales Really Work1999
Auto Fraud ConferenceDeveloping Consumer Law Practice1999
Consumer Rights Litigation ConferenceLaw Office Economics1998
Consumer Finance and Anti-Fraud ConferenceLitigating Auto Finance Issues1998
Auto Fraud ConferenceAnalyzing Sales Documents, Lender Litigation in Warranty Law1998
Consumer Law for the PractitionerLemon Law, Warranty Law, Sales Law Litigation1991