Professor Ratner (BA, Stanford University 1988; JD, Harvard Law School 1991) teaches civil procedure, legal ethics, and the business of law, and produces scholarship at the intersection of those fields. His most recent articles consider how court-awarded fees and costs can inspire the right level and quality of representation by private attorneys’ general.
Professor Ratner joined the UC Hastings Faculty in 2012, after teaching at Harvard Law School as a visiting lecturer and then as a visiting assistant professor from 2009 to 2011. Before joining the Harvard faculty, Professor Ratner was a litigator at the San Francisco-based plaintiffs’ firm Lieff, Cabraser, Heimann & Bernstein, LLP, where he was a partner for ten years and where he prosecuted product liability, environmental, mass personal injury, consumer, and human rights actions. Among other high-profile matters, Professor Ratner prosecuted and settled Holocaust-era slave labor, looted asset, dormant bank account and unpaid insurance claims against European companies, producing global settlements in those cases worth more than $7.5 billion.
Since 2013, Professor Ratner has also managed JD/MBA concurrent degree programming at UC Hastings. For more information, see http://www.uchastings.edu/academics/education/JD-MBAProgram/index.php.
Courses Taught and Expertise: Civil Procedure, Legal Ethics, Law Practice Management