Attorney Biography

Ronald H. Surkin, Esquire

Ron Surkin represents:

  • Professionals, executives, employees and contractors in matters relating to their employment, employment contracts, partnerships, shareholder or consulting arrangements;
  • Small and mid-sized businesses and nonprofit organizations, including private schools, in matters relating to their governance, employees and independent contractors;
  • Individuals seeking disability insurance benefits; and
  • Parties in commercial litigation.


He has over 40 years’ of trial experience in:

  • Employment discrimination cases;
    Noncompete, nonsolicitation and trade secret disputes;
  • ERISA (group disability) and individual disability benefit claims; and
  • Many other cases, including libel, slander, private shareholder disputes, partnership battles and construction claims.


He has argued or tried cases:

  • In the United States Supreme Court;
  • In the Third Circuit Court of Appeals;
  • In every federal district court in Pennsylvania, Delaware and New Jersey;
  • In all the state appellate courts in Pennsylvania, and many of its trial courts;
  • In various arbitration forums.


He has frequently served as a mediator in employment disputes.

Mr. Surkin has been selected by his peers as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer® every year since the selections began, selection criteria here.

He is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Case Western Reserve University, and received his J.D. from Harvard Law School.

Attorney Resume

Ronald H. Surkin, Esquire

Schoenfeld, Surkin, Chupein & DeMis
25 West Second Street
P.O. Box 900
Media, Pennsylvania 19063
(610) 565-4600

Practice Concentrations:

Labor and Employment. All aspects of labor and employment law, including counseling and litigating all employment-related issues, developing policies and procedures to respond to changing legal requirements, developing strategies to protect competitive interests, confidential information and trade secrets, negotiating and drafting individual executive and employment contracts, and agreements relating to governance of small and mid-sized businesses, nonprofits and private schools.

Litigation. All forms of employment, commercial and other civil litigation, including discrimination litigation, ERISA litigation, disability insurance litigation, complex commercial litigation, securities arbitration, construction litigation, real estate disputes, banking litigation, and defamation.

Disability Insurance. Representing insureds in pursuing claims for benefits under short and long term disability insurance policies.

Mediation and Arbitration. Private mediator and arbitrator in numerous employment, ERISA and commercial cases.

Clientele. Substantial exposure to clients in health care, banking, hotel, manufacturing, retail, real estate, construction, printing and publishing, computer services, government, education, nonprofit, securities, transportation and accounting industries.

Professional Background:

Schoenfeld, Surkin, Chupein & DeMis, P.C.
(formerly Richard, DiSanti, Gallagher, Schoenfeld & Surkin, P.C.)
January, 1995 – Present — Partner

Richard, DiSanti, Hamilton & Gallagher, P.C.
September, 1992 – December, 1994 — Of Counsel

Blank, Rome, Comisky & McCauley, Philadelphia, PA
July, 1990 – September, 1992: Resident Partner, Media, PA
July, 1984 – July, 1990: Labor and Employment Law Department — Partner
Sept., 1972 – July, 1984: Litigation Department — Associate and Partner

Educational Background:

Harvard Law School, Cambridge, Massachusetts
J.D., Cum Laude, June 1972
Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio
B.A., Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, June 1969
National Institute of Trial Advocacy
Advanced Trial Advocacy Skills Diploma, October 1990
Temple University
Adjunct Professor of Law-Trial Advocacy, 1996 – 1999
Neumann College
Member, Steering Committee, Continuing Professional Education Program


  • Argued numerous cases in the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and the Pennsylvania Supreme, Superior and Commonwealth Courts, including issues under the National Labor Relations Act, laws concerning employment discrimination, ERISA, cases concerning employment contracts, non-competes and confidentiality agreements, claims of wrongful discharge, issues involving banking, title insurance, HUD regulations, and various contract and tort claims.
  • As lead counsel, tried numerous civil jury and non-jury trials and arbitration hearings to decision.
  • Argued Philadelphia Newspapers, Inc. v. Hepps, 475 U.S. 767, l06 S.Ct. l558, 89 L.E.2d 783 (l986), in the United States Supreme Court on behalf of respondents.


    Fee Agreements in Employment Law, Pennsylvania Bar Institute (2003)
    The Status of the Private Figure’s Right to Protect His Reputation under the United States Constitution, 90 Dickinson Law Review 667 (l986)
    The Case for Contracts, Focus, Oct. 25, 1989
    Delaware County Daily Times, contributing columnist on employment law issues.

Consulting or Coaching: Talking to Witnesses during their Testimony
     Pennsylvania Bar Institute (Phila 2013)
Tried and True Tips for Handling Discovery Disputes
     Pennsylvania Bar Institute (Phila 2012)
Taking the Deposition of the Expert – The New Rules
     Pennsylvania Bar Institute (Phila 2011)
Basics of Employment Law
     Pennsylvania Bar Institute (Phila 2010)
The Art and Craft of Depositions in Employment Cases
     Pennsylvania Bar Institute (Phila 2010)
“Me Too” Evidence
     Pennsylvania Bar Institute (Phila 2009)
Dealing with the Problem Employee
     Pennsylvania Bar Institute (Phila 2009)
Reductions in Force:  Charting a Safe Course in Troubled Waters
     Corporate Counsel Committee of Delaware County Bar Association (Media 2009)
The Basics of Employment Law
      Pennsylvania Bar Institute (Satellite Program, 2008)
Strategy and Psychology Behind a Discrimination Case
      Pennsylvania Bar Institute (Phila. 2008)
The ADA:  Now You See It, Now You Don’t – Has The ADA Been Judicially Nullified?
      Pennsylvania Bar Institute (Phila. 2007)
Retaliation:  The Hottest Issue in Employment Discrimination Law
      Pennsylvania Bar Institute (Phila. 2006)
Pennsylvania Wage Payment and Collection Law
      Pennsylvania Bar Institute (Phila. 2006)
Employees Who are also Minority Shareholders: What Happens When Things Go Sour
      Pennsylvania Bar Institute (Phila. 2005)
Cutting Edge Issues in Age Discrimination
      Pennsylvania Bar Institute (Phila, 2004)
Trial of a Sexual Harassment Case
      Pennsylvania Bar Institute (Phila, 2003)
Expert Witnesses in Sexual Harassment Cases
      Pennsylvania Bar Institute (Phila, 2003)
Workplace Investigations
      Pennsylvania Bar Institute (Phila, 2003)
Litigating Disability Insurance Claims under ERISA
      Pennsylvania Bar Institute (Phila, 2002)
Trial of a Non-Competition Case
      Pennsylvania Bar Institute (Phila, 2001)
Fee Agreements in Employment Law
      Pennsylvania Bar Institute (Phila, 2000)
Testifying as an Expert Witness
      Neumann College (continuing legal education, 1999)
Hot Topics in Disability Insurance Litigation
      American Conference Institute (Boston, 1999, and San Diego, 2000)
Hearsay Issues in Employment Litigation
      Pennsylvania Bar Institute (Phila, 1999)
Ten Evidentiary Issues Every Employment Lawyer Should Know
      Pennsylvania Bar Institute (Phila and Pittsburgh, 1998)
Intellectual Property Law and Restrictive Covenants
      Neumann College (continuing legal education, 1998)
Drafting Employment Separation Agreements and Releases
      Pennsylvania Bar Institute (Phila, 1997)
Pennsylvania Employment Law
      Neumann College (continuing legal education, 1996, 2001)
Drafting and Enforcing Individual Employment Contracts
      Pennsylvania Bar Institute (Phila and Pittsburgh 1996, 1995, 1994, l989)
Sexual Harassment
      Delaware County Bench-Bar Conference (1992)
Compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act
      Delaware County Chamber of Commerce (1992 and 1991)
Hiring for Growth
      Delaware County Chamber of Commerce (1990)
Annual Industrial Relations Conference
      Graphic Arts Association (Phila, l989)
Successful Hiring – Avoiding the Legal Pitfalls
      Delaware County Partnership for Economic Development (l989)
Sexual Harassment – Recent Developments
      Employment and Labor Law:  Handling the Issues of the 90’s

Professional Organizations

Member, Delaware County and Pennsylvania Bar Associations, Guy G. DeFuria Inn of the American Inns of Court (Delaware County, Pa)
Past Chairman, Delaware County Chamber of Commerce Human Resources Committee

Admitted to Practice:

Bar Admissions:
Supreme Court of Pennsylvania (October 5, l972)
United States Supreme Court
United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania

Pro hac vice admissions to the following United States District Courts:
Southern District of New York
District of New Jersey
District of Delaware
Western District of Pennsylvania
Middle District of Florida
District of Massachusetts
Southern District of Ohio
District of Maryland
Northern District of Georgia