Ronald began practicing with the firm in 1975 after four years as a legal aid lawyer. He concentrates primarily in the practice of domestic relations. He graduated from Hampden Sydney College in 1968, magna cum laude, and from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1971. In 1979 he was appointed substitute judge for the Sixteenth Judicial District of Virginia and remained there until 2003.
He has taught at various times at the University of Virginia School of Law. He is the Past Chairman of the Family Law Section of the Virginia State Bar and of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association. He belongs to the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, the American College of Family Trial Lawyers, and is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and the Virginia Law Foundation.
He was selected to be a member of the Virginia Bar Council. He is named in Best Lawyers in America (1989 to present) and Super Lawyers (2006 to present).
Virginia State Bar, Family Law Section Board of Governors President 1990-1991
Virginia State Bar, Member 1980-Present
Virginia Trial Lawyers Association Family Law Section, President 1995-1996
American Bar Association, 1975-Present
Virginia Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Certified Mediator 1993-Present
American Bar Foundation, Fellow 2004-Present
Virginia Bar Council, 2007–Present
American College of Family Trial Lawyers, 2008–Present
Charlottesville Albemarle Bar Association, 1971-Present
Preeminent AV Rating by Martindale-Hubbell
Best Lawyers, 1989–Present
Super Lawyers, Family Lawyer 2006–Present
Super Lawyers, Virginia Top 100 Lawyers 2012, 2014
Virginia Business Magazine Legal Elite 2002–Present
Virginia State Bar Betty A. Thompson Lifetime Achievement Award, 2013
Virginia State Bar
Hampden Sydney College, B.A. magna cum laude 1968
University of Virginia School of Law, J.D. 1971