Ron Katz is a civil litigator with four decades of experience, including numerous jury trials in the areas of intellectual property, antitrust and sports law. Aside from representing sports-related clients, he has taught that subject at Santa Clara Law School, has lectured on the subject at Stanford Law School, is a founder of the Institute of Sports Law and Ethics at the University of the Pacific, has addressed the California Judges Association on the subject of concussions and has addressed the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics on the subject of amateurism. In 2016, he was a Distinguished Careers Institute Fellow at Stanford University. Prior to entering private practice, Ron was an attorney at the Antitrust Division of the United States Department of Justice, where he won the Attorney General’s Outstanding Performance Award; he was an International Legal Center Fellow in Indonesia; and he worked for Ambassador-at-Large Elliott Richardson in the United States State Department.


Sports, Ethics and Leadership (Routledge, 2017) https://www.routledge.com/Sport-Ethics-and-Leadership/Bowen-Katz-Mitchell-Polden-Walden/p/book/9781138738478

“Pepperdine Gay Bias Case—A Loss and a Win for Plaintiffs, Law 360, August 14, 2017, http://www.gcalaw.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/SBRM.pdf

“IAAF Recognition of Intersex Runner Sets Humane Precedent,” Law 360, August 3, 2017, http://www.gcalaw.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/iaaf-recognition.pdf

“Trump Transgender Tweet Ignores Medical Findings,” Texas Tribune, July, 28, 2017, http://trib.it/2u2VKmB

“Changing Sex/Gender Roles and Sport,” 28 Stanford Law & Policy Review 215 (2017), https://law.stanford.edu/stanford-law-policy-review-slpr/slpr-volume-28/#slsnav-issue-2

“Case Against Intersex Runner Is Sprinting to Another Loss,” Law360, July 18, 2017


“Opinion: 1,166 Pieces Of Evidence And No Due Process,” Law360, December 15, 2016.

“Level the Chemical Playing Field,” Law360, September 28, 2016.

“WADA Is “Broken” And Should Be Replaced,” Forbes, September 13, 2016.

“NY Times Leaves Out Crucial Credibility Finding In Its Front-Page Article On Russian Doping,” Forbes, September 8, 2016.

“Silence Of The Arbitrators: Grounds For Russian Olympic Ban Have Not Yet Been Published,” Forbes, September 4, 2016.

“The Supreme Court Of Sport Needs To Be Reformed,” Forbes, September 2, 2016.

“Russian Complaints About McLaren Report On Alleged State-Sponsored Doping Have Merit,” Forbes, August 30, 2016.

“Mass Punishment Of Russian Paralympians Raises Serious Ethical Questions,” Forbes, August 24, 2016.

“‘Zero Tolerance’ Doping Policies By International Sports Organizations Have Created Zero Certainty,” Forbes, August 18, 2016.

“IOC Should Reimburse Rio For Its Valiant But Financially Disastrous Efforts,” Forbes, August 11, 2016.

“Athletes Will Not Be Able To Stop Olympic Trainwreck This Time,” Forbes, August 4, 2016.

“Sports Organizations And Politics Don’t Mix Well,” Forbes, July 29, 2016.

“NY State Values MMA Fighters’ Brains At $20,000/Year,” Forbes, July 21, 2016.

“13-Judge Panel Rejects Brady’s Claim That Goodell Ran “Roughshod Over The Rule Of Law,” Forbes, July 14, 2016.

“eSports Investigates The Monetary Value Of Ethics,” Forbes, July 8, 2016.

“Sewage Sailing: The IOC Has A Moral Responsibility To Clean Up Rio Aquatic Sites Or Shut Them Down,” Forbes, June 30, 2016.

“Participation And Ethics Of Russian Athletes Likely To Become Less Clear As Olympics Approach,” Forbes, June 24, 2016.

“Draymond Green Vs. Tom Brady: Comparing Suspension Timelines,” Forbes, June 15, 2016.

“30,000,014 Reasons Why The Big 12 Will Have A Title Game,” Forbes, June 10, 2016.

“Nick Saban’s Suggestion Of A College Football Commissioner Would Solve No Problems,” Forbes, June 4, 2016.

“Brady’s Arguments In Recent Hail Mary Brief Are Over-inflated,” Forbes, May 28, 2016.

“Sports Doping Should Be Criminalized,” Forbes, May 20, 2016.

“Big Loss For Rams In A St. Louis Court: Credibility,” Forbes, May 13, 2016.

“Hail Mary Pass By Objectors To NFL Concussion Settlement Should Succeed (In A Just World),” Forbes, May 6, 2016.

“Fantasy Football: Suggested Correspondence Between Brady And Goodell,” Forbes, April 28, 2016.

“Court Approves NFL Concussion Settlement; Rose Stabler Does Not,” Forbes, April 23, 2016.

“New Documentary Makes Jackie Robinson’s Greatness Even More Accessible,” Forbes, April 15, 2016.

“Money Talks and Discipline Walks: UNC v. Syracuse Taints The Final Four,” Forbes, April 8, 2016.

“Legal Precedent May Create An Uphill Battle For Women’s Soccer Claims,” Forbes, April 1, 2016.

“NY Times, NFL Agree On Concussions More Than They Disagree,” Forbes, March 26, 2016.

“NFL’s Concussion Statements Undermined By Medical Research,” Forbes, March 19, 2016.

“Sharapova v. Brady: Different Approaches To Discipline Will Lead To Very Different Results,” Forbes, March 11, 2016.

“Memo To Ivy League: Significance Of Football Concussions Is That (Not When) They Occur,” Forbes, March 5, 2016.

“Poll With Tim Tebow As Fifth Most Popular NFL Quarterback Illustrates America’s Hunger For Heroes,” Forbes, February 27, 2016.

“Rams’ New Home Field Eliminates Home Court Advantage,” Forbes, February 21, 2016.

“Universities Sending Mixed Signals On Football Concussions,” Forbes, February 13, 2016.

“Stupor Sunday: Concussion News Starts To Compete With The Game,” Forbes, February 7, 2016.

“Concussions Rise 58%…And NFL Pats Itself On The Back,” Forbes, January 30, 2016.

“NCAA Delay In Lessening Athletes’ Workload Turns Amateurism On Its Head,” Forbes, January 27, 2016.

“Blatt Firing Anticlimactic Despite Cavs Being In First Place,” Forbes, January 22, 2016.

“New NCAA Basketball Eligibility Rules Apply To Less Than 1% Of Players,” Forbes, January 19, 2016.

“It’s Hard To Move An NFL Franchise To The High Ground,” Forbes, January 15, 2016.

“Typical Monday Night Football: Little Said About Education,” Forbes, January 13, 2016.

“New Venue For Youth Sports: The Civil—And Criminal—Courts,” Forbes, January 8, 2016.

“Sports Ethical Dilemma: 105 MPH Fastball vs. Domestic Violence Allegations,” Forbes, January 4, 2016.

“Odell Beckham Jr.’s Disciplinary Proceeding Is A Model Of Sports Justice And Efficiency,” Forbes, December 28, 2015.

“University Of Maryland Stadium Name Change Raises More Questions Than Answers,” Forbes, December 17, 2015.

“NCAA Begins To Replace ‘Student-Athlete’ With A Better Word: ‘Student’,” Forbes, December 10, 2015.

“NCAA Desperately Needs Help On Its Investigations,” Forbes, December 8, 2015.

“FIFA Loses More Credibility, If It Has Any Left,” Forbes, December 3, 2015.

“Say It Ain’t So, Lord Coe,” Forbes, December 2, 2015.

“Real-Life Preview of Concussion Movie,” Forbes, November 24, 2015.

“Gamblers No Longer Need Eight Men Out,” Forbes, November 21, 2015.

“Major NFL Match-up: Disparaging Speech Versus the First Amendment,” Forbes, November 20, 2015.

“Sea Change In Concussion Protocols For Youth Soccer,” Forbes, November 18, 2015.

“Bet Against Daily Fantasy Sports,” Forbes, November 17, 2015.

“To Preserve ‘Amateurism,’ NCAA Should Separate Power Five Schools,” Forbes, November 5, 2015.

“Tom Brady, Deflategate And The Legacy Of Kenesaw Mountain Landis,” Forbes, September 1, 2015.

“FIFA Avoids Concussions—For Now,” Law360, July 29, 2015.

“Major League Baseball’s Odd Precedent May Doom NCAA Plaintiffs,” Forbes.com, January 21, 2015.

“Sports Precedents Die Hard In 9th Circ.,” Law360, January 16, 2015.

“Court Stops New Jersey’s Effort to Legalize Sports Betting,” New York Law Journal, January 6, 2014.

“NFL Films Ruling Reverses Course, Blurs Right of Publicity,” Law360, October 31, 2014.

“O’Bannon v. NCAA Opinion Contradicts Itself and is Likely to be Overturned,” Forbes.com, August 2014.

“Right Or Wrong, Precedent Will Decide O’Bannon Case In Favor Of NCAA,” Forbes.com, July 21, 2014.

“Third Circuit Weighs First Amendment v. Rights of Publicity,” Website of ABA Section of Litigation: First Amendment and Media Litigation, July 17, 2013.

“EA Right Of Publicity Case Provides Valuable Guidance,” Profile Media, May 22, 2013.

“Rights of Publicity: Contradictions In The Courts,” Law360, January 10, 2013.

“Courts, Sports And Videogames: What’s In A Game?” Law360, January 4, 2012.

“Patent Trolls: A Selective Etymology,” IP Law360, March 21, 2008.

“Patents Give the DMCA Needed Teeth: Salvaging Copy Protection in the Post-Grokster Era,” Journal of Internet Law, September 2004.

“Back to the Future: Patent Parallels Between SARS, HIV/AIDS,” BNA Pharmaceutical Law & Industry Report, July 11, 2003.

“Whither the DMCA? A Tale of Two Cases,” Journal of Internet Law, May 2003.

“Internet Speech and the Limits of Jurisdiction,” The American Society of International Law, Proceedings of the 97th Annual Meeting, Washington, DC, April 2-5, 2003.

“Should One Patent Court Be Making Antitrust Law for the Whole Country?” 69 Antitrust Law Journal, 2001.

“National Boundaries in Cyberspace? Yahoo! v. LICRA,” Journal of Internet Law, September 2001

“It Pays to Pay Attention to Intellectual Property,” Intellectual Property Forum, March 2001.

“Intellectual Property vs. Antitrust: A False Dilemma,” The Computer Lawyer, November 1998.

“Uncertainty Reigns in Software Cases,” The National Law Journal, May 12, 1997.

“WIPO Treaties: Euphoria Should Wait,” The Computer Lawyer, April 1997.

“A Post-Kodak Working Guide to Market Definition,” Antitrust, Spring 1997; The Antitrust Counsel, Nov. 15, 1997.

“New Case Complicates Proof of Infringement by Program Execution,” The Computer Lawyer, June 1996.

“Recent Cases Reveal Gaps in Draft Antitrust/IP Guidelines,” The Computer Lawyer, November 1994.

“Fair Use of Operating System Software: Square Pegs In Round Holes?” The Computer Lawyer, May 1994.

“ADR Abroad,” The Recorder, April 28, 1994.

“Water Marketing/Transfers and the Antitrust Laws,” California Water Law & Policy Reporter, October 1993.

“MAI v. Peak: An Unprecedented Opinion with Sparse Analysis,” The Computer Lawyer, May 1993.

“The Benefits and Burdens of Kodak from a Litigant’s Perspective,” Antitrust, Fall/Winter 1992.

“Is Antitrust Law Coming Alive?” The California Lawyer, December 1992 (interview with Stanford Law School Professor William Baxter, a former Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Justice Department’s Antitrust Division).

“A Method for Evaluating the Deep Seabed Mining Provisions of the Law of the Sea Treaty,” 7 Yale Journal of World Public Order 114, 1980.

“Financial Arrangements for Seabed Mining Companies: An NIEO Case Study,” 13 Journal of World Trade Law 209, 1979.

Survey of Indonesian Economic Law:
• Co-author, Labor Law (Bandung: Institute of Legal Research, 1974)
• Advisor, Business Law (Bandung: Institute of Legal Research, 1973).
• Advisor, Taxation (Bandung: Institute of Legal Research, 1973).
• Co-author, Mining Law (Bandung: Institute of Legal Research, 1974).

“Law Reform in Post-Sukarno Indonesia,” 10 The International Lawyer 335, 1976.

“Legislating Social Change in a Developing country: The New Indonesian Marriage Law Revisited,” 26 American Journal of Comparative Law 309 (1978).

“The New Indonesian Marriage Law: A Mirror of Indonesia’s Political, Cultural and Legal Systems,” 23 American Journal of Comparative Law 653 (1975).

Recent Speaking Engagements

Panelist on “Changing Sex/Gender Roles and Sport” at Athletes, Sports Law and Policy: An Interdisciplinary Symposium on May 6, 2017 at the Stanford Law School.  The Symposium was jointly presented by the Stanford Law & Policy Review, the Stanford Entertainment and Sports Law Association, and the Institute of Sports Law & Ethics of the University of the Pacific.

Panelist, “Class Action Trials: Meeting The Unique Challenges Of Trying Class Claims,” ABTL Dinner/CLE Program, September 15, 2015.

Speaker, “Ron Katz interviewed re Deflategate,” Bill Rhoden’s CBS Podcast, September 4, 2015.

Panelist, “Responding to Change: Alternative Regulatory Systems for College Sports,” Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics, May 19, 2015.
Moderator, “Concussion Litigation: Past, Present and Future,” Annual Conference of the California Judges Association, May 1, 2015.

Panelist, “Protecting and Monetizing the Publicity Rights of Athletes and Entertainers,” The Entertainment and Sports Law Association at Cleveland-Marshall, April 10, 2015.

Panelist, “Strategies for Battling Patent Trolls,” ALFA International, The Global Legal Network, March 8, 2015.

Panelist, “Rights of Publicity of Celebrities in Video Games,” Video Game Bar Association, March 4, 2015.

Panelist, “The World of College Athletes and Their Intellectual Property,” 38th Annual Intellectual Property Institute, Berkeley, CA, November 7, 2013.


Member, California Bar

Senior Fellow, American Leadership Forum of Silicon Valley


J.D. Harvard Law

M.A. Oxford University (Rhodes Scholar)

B.A. New York University, summa cum laude