Ronald M. Neumann joined ZEK in 2003 as Of Counsel after many years of experience representing banks and financial institutions. Ron’s background includes litigation involving Articles 3 and 4 of the UCC, letters of credit, restraining notices, liens and executions, loan recovery and workout, as well as bankruptcy issues concerning preferences, fraudulent transfers, relief from the automatic stay and objections to discharge. Ron also has experience with federal practice and procedure including factual and legal issues governing personal jurisdiction over foreign corporations, federal jurisdiction and removal to federal court and forum non conveniens. In July 2002, Ron published an article for the International Law Office entitled “Increased Prospects for Litigation for Non-US Cases Before US Courts.” Previously, he was with the firm of Simpson Thatcher & Bartlett, where he defended nationwide class action litigation, and was the First Vice President and Deputy General Counsel at Bank Leumi USA for 10 years, where he founded and headed the in-house litigation department. Ron has also served as an Assistant District Attorney in the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office and was a Litigation Associate at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz. Ron has lectured at the New York City Bar Association and American Corporate Counsel Association and presented CLE programs on topics involving civil litigation, evidence, litigation management and management of in-house legal departments. Ron actively participates in pro bono activities, representing domestic violence survivors for the Sanctuary’s Center for Battered Women’s Legal Services, and serving on its Advisory Council. Ron also serves on the Board of MFY Legal Services and has co-chaired its Program and Benefit Committees. He has also served as President of his Manhattan condominium association.