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Ronald P. Funnell

  Ronald P. Funnell

Ron Funnell served as a research attorney in the Los Angeles Superior Court Complex Litigation Program for several years before he joined Robie & Matthai in 2004. That experience makes Ron invaluable in drafting motions which accomplish the desired results. He knows what needs to be provided to the court in order to persuade the court to rule in our client's favor. He is the firm's "information source" for all things regarding court procedures and practices. His clear thinking and persuasive writing have brought many matters to an early conclusion, enabling our clients to avoid substantial litigation expense.


Favorite Cases

Ron's 12(b)(6) motion was granted, as to all claims, in an action brought by stockholders against a manufacturer's Vice-President of Legal Affairs and General Counsel following the demise of the company as a result of an unfavorable settlement of patent litigation. The stockholders asserted multiple claims, including allegations of securities fraud, failure to register the securities, common law fraud, misrepresentation and breach of fiduciary duty. They pled purported derivative claims for malpractice and breach of the British Virgin Islands Act. Plaintiffs complained that the stockholders had been misled regarding the manufacturer's infringement of multiple patents and were further misled regarding the risks of the patent litigation. The plaintiffs asserted that the manufacturer's anonymous filings with the USPTO seeking reexamination of certain patents demonstrated knowledge of infringement and that the General Counsel's statements made during investor calls about the patent litigation were contrary to the court record. The case was favorably settled after the 12(b)(6) motion was granted.

Ron was part of a team handling over 80 insurance bad faith suits arising out of fires in San Diego County. Many of the suits were disposed of by Ron's motions, including one which resulted in a holding from the court of appeal which truncated the remaining cases. The Appellate Court found that the policy language was not unclear, that the policy holder had failed to show that she was entitled to additional payments for code upgrades, that the policy did not guarantee replacement cost above the stated limit and that the insurer had provided adequate notice of a reduction in coverage under Insurance Code Section 678.

Ron's dispositive motion ended a products case in which the plaintiff alleged that, while staying in a hotel, she had suffered a seizure, passed out and ignited her clothing with a cigarette. She alleged that the clothing was highly flammable. The manufacturer feared that an adverse result would impact its entire product line. Ron's work developed expert testimony strong enough to defeat the plaintiff's claims by summary judgment. In a strange twist, after our client was out of the case, a hotel maid was located, just before trial, who testified that she had seen the smoke coming from the room, called her manager, left a voice mail message when he did not answer, and then (without taking any other action) returned to another room to finish cleaning. The hotel settled.


  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • State Bar of California
  • Association of Southern California Defense Counsel


  • Rising Star, Super Lawyers, 2006, 2007


  • Law School Loyola Law School, J.D., 2000
    • Articles Editor, Loyola Law Review
    • St. Thomas More Law Honor Society
    • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Clerk to the Honorable Victoria Chaney, Complex Court, Los Angeles Superior Court, 2000-2004
  • University of Tennessee, B.A., summa cum laude, 1994


  • California Courts, 2000
  • U.S. District Court: Northern, 2000, Southern, 2007, and Central Districts of California, 2007
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 2000


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