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Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC

Ronald W. Schuler

Ronald W. Schuler

Chair, Securities Law
Co-Chair, Mergers & Acquisitions
Member in Charge of the Pittsburg


  • Appellate Litigation
  • Corporate & Business Law
  • Energy Law
  • Banking & Finance Law

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Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC
Pennsylvania, U.S.A.

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Mr. Schuler is a corporate, securities and commercial transactions lawyer with extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions, public offerings, private placement financings, and numerous types of contracts for clients within the energy, software, cryptocurrency, biotechnology and technology industries.

Bar Admissions


  • Pennsylvania Bar
  • District of Columbia Bar


  • Pomona College, B.A., cum laude, 1985
  • Cornell Law School, J.D., 1988
Areas of Practice

Appellate Litigation | Banking & Finance Law | Corporate & Business Law | Energy Law | Government Contracts | Mergers & Acquisitions | Mergers & Acquistions | Natural Resources | Securities | Shale Gas Law | Technology

Professional Career

Significant Accomplishments

  • Representing private companies in multi-million dollar exit transactions and sales to Fortune 500 acquirers and private equity buyers
  • Serving as chief administrative and senior operations executive for a $100+ million Appalachian oil and gas production company, developing an intimate knowledge of oil and gas transactions, joint ventures, leasing and land matters, and energy derivatives
  • Working with exploration companies on matters relating to large-scale Marcellus Shale acquisition and development
  • Representing a Nasdaq-traded engineering software company from its start-up stage to its initial public offering (1996); and continued to work with the company as outside general counsel on its secondary offering (1998), its Securities Exchange Act compliance (including all disclosure and analyst guidance issues), and five major acquisitions, as well as supervising its intellectual property and licensing work
  • Working extensively with biotechnology and medical device companies, handling major contracts, mergers, acquisitions and financial transactions, as well as serving as first-line issue-spotter with regard to FDA and intellectual property issues
  • Handling portfolio investments for Mid-Atlantic regional venture capital firm (1990 - 1997) and a California-based venture firm (2004 - 2005), focusing on technology investments
  • Serving as special counsel to the board of directors of a regional bank holding company with regard to securities and anti-takeover matters (2004)
  • Representing the City of Pittsburgh and related entities from 1993 to 2000 with regard to the matters culminating in the construction of PNC Park, including: serving as one of the lead negotiators on the lease and construction agreements; designing the auction of the Pittsburgh Pirates and working on the eventual sale of the team to the group headed by Kevin McClatchy; and authoring the urban planning justification for the location of PNC Park

  • Articles

    Publications & Presentations

    • Author, The Steel Bar: Pittsburgh Lawyers and the Making of America (Marquez Press, 2019)

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