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Ronald J. Sholes

Partner
Arbitration & Alternative Dispute Resolution Team Leader
Litigation

Ronald “Ron” Sholes joined Adams and Reese in 2000 and is a former district judge in the Civil District Court, Parish of Orleans. He assumed judicial office in 1991 and still serves as a Judge of the Traffic Court for the City of New Orleans.

His civil litigation practice includes class action, mass torts, environmental disputes and business litigation, among other matters. Prior to attending law school, Ron earned a master’s degree in public health from Tulane University School of Public Health.

Ron is ranked among Best Lawyers® in Alternative Dispute Resolution and Personal Injury Litigation, and he also has been named among Louisiana Super Lawyers® in Alternative Dispute Resolution.

His significant contributions include:

  • Serving as an instructor for the National Institute of Trial Advocacy. He has taught trial advocacy at Emory University, Loyola University and Louisiana State University. He frequently teaches CLE courses throughout the year. 
  • Serving as past President of both the Louisiana District Judges Association and the Louisiana Fourth and Fifth Circuit Judges Associations.
  • Several leadership roles on numerous professional, civic and cultural boards including serving as President of the Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel and President of the St. Thomas More Inn of Court. He also serves on the Loyola College of Law Board of Visitors and several Supreme Court and bar association committees.

Ron serves on the Board of the Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation and Dryades YMCA. He is also President of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and Foundation.

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