Biography Overview

    Michael F. Ram is a consumer class action lawyer with 38 years of experience.  He graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1982.   In 1992 he was a co-recipient of the Trial Lawyer of the Year Award given by Trial Lawyers for Public Justice for National Association of Radiation Survivors v. Walters No. 83-c-1861 (N.D. Cal.) 
      
    From 1993 through 1997, Mr. Ram was with Lieff, Cabraser, Heimann and Bernstein where he represented plaintiffs in several major class actions, including:
Cox v. Shell, Civ. No 18,844 (Obion County Chancery Court, Tenn.) national class of six million owners of property with defective polybutylene plumbing systems and In re Louisiana-Pacific Inner-Seal Litigation, No. 95-cv-879 (D. Oregon) (co-lead counsel) national class of homeowners with defective siding.

    In 1997, Mr. Ram founded Levy, Ram & Olson.  He was co-lead counsel in many consumer class actions including a national class of half a million owners of dangerous glass pane gas fireplaces in Keilholtz et al. v. Superior Fireplace Company, No. 08-cv-00836 (N.D. Cal. 2008).  He was co-lead counsel in Chamberlan v. Ford Motor Company, No. 03-cv-2628 (N.D. Cal.), a class action involving defective intake manifolds that generated four published opinions, including one by the Ninth Circuit, 402 F.3d at 950, and settled one court day before the class trial.  
    
        He is currently co-lead counsel in numerous consumer class actions, including Gold v. Lumber Liquidators, N.D. Cal. No. 14-cv-05373-RS, a certified multistate class action involving bamboo floors. 

Practice Area

  • Contract Litigation
  • Class Action
  • Business Law
  • Labor & Employment
  • Overtime and Wages

Awards & Recognitions

  • Trial Lawyer of the Year from Trial Lawyers for Public Justice

Bar Admissions

  • California 1982
  • Northern District of California
  • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, United States Supreme Court

Memberships

  • American Association for Justice

Education

  • magna cum laude Cornell University
  • cum laude Harvard Law School