Robert Ruyak is an experienced and respected trial lawyer with a national and international reputation. He has litigated and tried cases that cover a wide range of legal and substantive areas, including antitrust and competition (both civil and criminal), intellectual property (patent, trademark and trade secret), insurance recovery, international trade, government contracts, securities, product liability, and a variety of commercial contract disputes. His representations have covered a wide range of industries and technologies where he focuses on managing and trying complex cases, including class actions, multidistrict, multi venue, and transnational cases.
Mr. Ruyak has represented both individuals and corporations in civil and criminal investigations and cases brought by the U.S. Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Federal Trade Commission, the Department of Agriculture, the Internal Revenue Service, other federal and state agencies, and State Attorney Generals' offices. With extensive experience in all forms of dispute resolution and negotiation, he has served as lead counsel in arbitrations in the United States, Bermuda, and United Kingdom. Since 2008, he has served on the board of CPR, the International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution in New York.
Travelport, LP v. American Airlines, Inc. (Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois) Contract Case Preliminary Injunction — Bench Trial (2010). Represented defendant American Airlines defending allegations of improper contract termination.
ZF Meritor LLC, et al. v. Eaton Corporation (U.S. District Court, Delaware) Civil Antitrust — Jury Trial (2009). Represented defendant Eaton Corporation defending allegations of monopolization and exclusive dealing in the manufacture and sale of heavy duty truck transmissions.
GTE v. XL Insurance Company (London, England) Insurance Coverage Arbitration (2004). Represented plaintiff GTE in an arbitration brought by Verizon (GTE) for costs and losses incurred for required alterations to communications systems to comply with Y2 K requirements under certain insurance contracts.
In re Disposable Contact Lens Antitrust Litigation (MDL Dkt. No. 1030, U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida, Jacksonville Division) Antitrust Jury Trial (2001). Represented Johnson & Johnson in class actions and parens patria cases brought by 28 state attorney general’s offices alleging claims of antitrust price-fixing and refusals to deal in the sales of prescription contact lenses.
Digital Satellite System Receivers and Components Thereof (Before the International Trade Commission, Washington, D.C.) Patent Bench Trial (1997). Represented patent holder Personalized Mass Media, Inc. in a trial before the International Trade Commission seeking to exclude the importation of digital television cable boxes based their infringement of Personalized Mass Media patents.
XL Insurance Corp. v. E. I. DuPont de Nemours (New York, NY) Insurance Coverage Arbitration (1994). Represented DuPont in an arbitration seeking insurance coverage from XL for settlement and case defense costs expended by DuPont in the defense of farm insecticide product liability cases.
Pacific Great Lakes Corp. v. Bessemer and Lake Erie Railroad (CV189590, Court of Common Pleas, Cleveland, Ohio) Antitrust Jury Trial (1995). Represented Pacific Great Lakes Corporation alleging that several northeastern railroads had conspired to foreclose the opportunity for Pacific Great Lakes to operate an independent dock facility on Lake Erie for the transshipment of iron ore in violation of the U.S. and Ohio antitrust laws.
Wang Laboratories v. Mitsubishi Electronics America, Inc. (U.S. District Court, S.D. California, Los Angeles) Patent Jury Trial (1993). Represented plaintiff Wang Laboratories on claims of patent infringement by Mitsubishi of Wang Laboratories’ semiconductor patents.
American Health Advisors v. The University of Texas System, et al. (Civ. No. 91-15513, State Court of Texas, Travis County, 261st Judicial District). Contract Jury Trial (1992). Represented plaintiff American Health Advisors in a breach of contract action against the University of Texas for failure to pay for the implementation of a system created by American Health for the tracking and reimbursement of Medicare and Medicaid expenditures by the UT hospital system.
Wang Laboratories v. Toshiba and NEC (U.S. District Court, E.D. Virginia, Alexandria) Patent Jury Trial (1991). Represented plaintiff Wang Laboratories on claims of patent infringement by Toshiba and NEC of Wang Laboratories seminal patents covering memory modules used in mini and desktop computers.
In re Lower Lake Erie Iron Ore Antitrust Litigation (U.S. District Court, E.D. Pennsylvania, Philadelphia). Multidistrict Antitrust Jury Trial (1989). Represented plaintiffs Jones & Laughlin Steel Corp., and Republic Steel Corp., against the major northeastern railroads alleging antitrust claims of group boycott and monopolization of docks on Lake Erie used for the transshipment of raw iron ore used in the manufacture of steel in Ohio and Pennsylvania. Obtained jury verdict and damages in excess of $600 million. Case was upheld on appeal and cert was denied by the U.S. Supreme Court.
Everest Systems v. Wang Laboratories, Inc. (U.S. District Court E.D. Virginia, Alexandria) Contract Case Jury Trial (1986). Represented defendant Wang Laboratories in an alleged breach of a dealer distribution agreement for the sale of computer systems and software.
Keener v. Wang Laboratories, Inc. (U.S. District Court, E.D. Virginia, Alexandria) Contract, Trade Secret Jury Trial (1984). Represented defendant Wang Laboratories on claims of breach of an employment contract and counterclaim for theft of trade secrets.
Volvo Cars v. Braman Automotive (U.S. District Court, S.D. Florida, Fort Lauderdale) Contract, Trademark, Injunction Bench Trial (1982). Represented plaintiff Volvo in an injunctive action to block the purchase of a Volvo car dealership by Braman Automotive based on violation of the existing dealership agreement.
In re Corrugated Container Antitrust Litigation (U.S. District Court S.D. Texas) Multidistrict Antitrust Jury Trial (1979). Represented defendant Mead Corporation in a nationwide class action jury trial, resulting from the multidistrict consolidation of several class actions alleging price fixing of corrugated containers.
U.S. v. International Paper Co., et al. (U.S. District Court, S.D. Texas) (1978). Criminal Antitrust Jury Trial. Represented defendant Mead Corporation in a criminal jury trial based on the indictments of 32 companies and individuals alleging a nationwide price fixing conspiracy in the corrugated contained industry. Mead was acquitted.
Mr. Ruyak received a B.A. in political science from Gannon University in 1971 and he received a J.D. from Georgetown University in 1974.
Mr. Ruyak served as Chairman (2008-2011) of the Georgetown University Law Center Board of Visitors and has been a member of the board since 2003. He is also a member of the Gannon University board of trustees (2007-present). Mr. Ruyak is a former chairman of the Archdiocesan Pro Bono Legal Network (2008-2009) and served as a board member from 1989-2009. He was Chairman from 2004-2007, and a member of the board of trustees from 1994- 2007, of Georgetown Preparatory High School.
Publications & Speaking Engagements
- Bock, Heather and Ruyak, Robert. Constructing Core Competencies, American Bar Association (2006)
- Ruyak, Robert. Inside The Minds: Leading Lawyers, “The Power of Focus,” Aspatore Books, Inc. (2002) p. 105
- “Strategic Planning: Biting the Bullet,” Chief Legal Executive Magazine (2004) p. 53.
- Ruyak, Robert and Fisch, Alan. “Patent Audit: Turning Assets into Profits,” Corporate Legal Times: Litigation and Technology Supplement, (June 2000)
- New York
- District of Columbia
- Wales, United Kingdom
- U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia for Hon. John J. Sirica
- Georgetown University, JD, 1974
- Gannon University , BA, 1971