Ronald L. Kahn

Retired Partner

Ronald L. Kahn

Retired Partner

Ron retired from Ulmer in 2016 following a 43-year career. He focused his practice on advising clients on taxation, employee benefits (including ESOPs), executive compensation, ERISA litigation, employment law, health care law, estate planning, and corporate for-profit and non-profit law issues. Throughout his career, he advised businesses of all sizes on the design and maintenance of various employee pension and welfare benefit programs.

Education & Admissions


  • University of Pennsylvania

    (B.S., 1968)

  • The University of Michigan Law School

    (J.D., 1973)


  • State of Ohio
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Tax Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio



  • American Bar Association (Taxation and Corporate, Business, and Banking Sections)
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association (General Tax Committee, Cleveland Tax Institute Executive Committee 1988-1992, Cleveland Tax Institute Chair 1990)
  • Great Lakes TE/GE IRS Advisory Council (Terms 2001-2003; 2004-2006)
  • The ESOP Association
  • The National Center for Employee Ownership
  • Worldwide Employee Benefits Network (WEB) (Cleveland Chapter)
  • Estate Planning Council of Cleveland


  • Ronald McDonald House Charities of Northeast Ohio, Inc. (Founding and current Trustee and past President, 1991-1994)
  • Ohio State Bar Foundation Awards Committee (2018-present)
  • Ohio State Bar Foundation Audit & Finance Committee (2020-present)
  • Ohio State Bar Foundation Board of Trustees (2020-present)



  • Recipient of the Ohio State Bar Foundation’s Ramey Award for Distinguished Community Service (2016)
  • Ranked as one of Ohio’s “Leaders in Their Field” in Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business (2006-2016)
  • AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated – Martindale-Hubbell®
  • Designated Best Lawyers Litigation – ERISA “Lawyer of the Year” in Cleveland (2014)
  • Named to The Best Lawyers in America, Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law; Litigation – ERISA (1995-2018)
  • Named to the Ohio Super Lawyers list (2004-2009; 2011-2014)
  • Named a “Top Lawyer” by Northern Ohio Live Magazine (August 2003)