Ron Katz is a civil litigator with over four decades of experience, including numerous jury trials in the areas of intellectual property, antitrust and sports law.  He currently focuses primarily on the legal issues in sports law, and is a widely published author in the field, including the 2017 book, Sport, Ethics and Leadership (Routledge, Oxford and New York).  His litigation practice in the sports field has included representation of professional athletes and he frequently presents on topics such as concussions, amateurism, use of athletes’ images and the right of publicity. In 2019, Ron was an expert witness for South African intersex runner and Olympic gold medalist, Caster Semenya, in her Court of Arbitration for Sport trial against the International Association of Athletics Federations.

In 2016 Ron was a Distinguished Careers Institute Fellow at Stanford University and in 2015 he was a Fellow in the American Leadership Forum — Silicon Valley, Class XXIX.  He has served on the Board of Overseers of The College of Arts and Science of New York University.  Ron is on the National Leadership Council of the Positive Coaching Alliance and is a Senior Director on the board of the American Association of Rhodes Scholars.

Professional Activities

An active writer and speaker throughout his career, Ron has spoken and published frequently on a range of legal issues.  In May 2017 he spoke at the Stanford Law School as part of a day-long program:  Athletes, Sports Law, and Policy: An Interdisciplinary Symposium. In 2018, Ron spoke at Oxford University, the University of Texas, and the Gender Spectrum Conference at St. Mary’s University. In 2019 he was an expert witness for South African runner Caster Semenya in her case before the Court of Arbitration for Sport, and he will speak at the German Sport University in Cologne, Germany. In 2015-2016 he was a regular writer for Forbes.com on ethical and legal issues in sports. He was a co-founder of the Institute of Sports Law and Ethics at Santa Clara University.  He has served as an adjunct professor at the Santa Clara University School of Law, most recently teaching the Sports Law class. He has taught regularly in the trial advocacy program at the Stanford Law School.  His speaking engagements have included addresses to the California Judges Association on the subject of concussions and to the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics on the subject of amateurism. He is a member of the National Leadership Council of the Positive Coaching Alliance and is a Senior Director on the board of the American Association of Rhodes Scholars.

 Selected Publications (a full list of other publications can be viewed here)

Selected Recent Speaking Engagements

  • In October, 2018, Ron Katz made two presentations at the University of Southern California on the subjects of Olympic doping and changing sex/gender roles and sport.
  • On May 17, 2018, Ron Katz spoke at Oxford University (Balliol College) on the subject of a short history of Olympic doping from East Germany to Sochi. He spoke on the same subject at the University of Southern California on March 21, 2018, and he will be speaking on the same subject at the University of Texas on September 27, 2018.
  • On April 22, 2018, Ron gave an interview to ABC Radio National (Australia) on the subject of changing sex/gender roles and sport:
  • Marquette University’s National Sports Law Institute on October 13, 2017. The overall subject of the conference was Maintaining the Integrity & Commercial Value of Sports While Protecting Athlete’s Rights; Ron spoke on the issues involving transgender and intersex athletes.  Ron also spoke on this subject at the University of Texas on October 26 and December 7, 2017; at Balliol College, Oxford University and Rhodes House on November 8 and November 9, 2017 respectively; and at the Palo Alto Bar Association in March, 2018.
  • “The Name Game: Building Clients’ Brands Through Trademarking Names and Nicknames,” webinar presented by the State Bar of California Entertainment and Sports Law Interest Group, August 8, 2017
  • “Changing Sex/Gender Roles and Sport,” a panel at Athletes, Sports Law, and Policy: An Interdisciplinary Symposium, presented by the Stanford Law & Policy Review, the Institute of Sports Law and Ethics, and the Stanford Entertainment and Sports Law Association, May 6, 2017
  • Panelist, “Responding to Change: Alternative Regulatory Systems for College Sports,” testimony before the 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
  • Live interview of NFL Hall of Famer quarterback Joe Montana at the West Coast M&A Conference of the Association for Corporate Growth, San Francisco, March 20, 2014

Professional Background

Ron joined GCA Law Partners in January 2017.  Prior to GCA, he was a litigation partner in a large national law firm, managing a national litigation and trial practice.

Before entering private practice, Ron held positions in government and as an international law teacher.  He was an International Legal Center Fellow in Indonesia, working for the Minister of Justice and teaching at a leading law school.  He served as an attorney at the Antitrust Division of the United States Department of Justice, where he won the Attorney General’s Outstanding Performance Award, and also worked in the United States State Department for Ambassador-at-Large Elliott Richardson.


Ron earned his J.D. from the Harvard Law School.  He also holds an M.A. from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar, and a B.A. summa cum laude from New York University.