Southwestern Law School Los Angeles, CA

Faculty Profile

Ronald G. Aronovsky

Ronald G. Aronovsky

Professor of Law

A.B., Great Distinction, General Scholarship in History, 1977, and J.D., 1980, University of California, Berkeley; Phi Beta Kappa; Order of the Coif; Member, California State Bar

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Phone: (213) 738-6839
Office: BW411

During his 20-year career in private law practice, Ronald Aronovsky was lead counsel in numerous multi-million dollar cases involving environmental and complex business litigation. He represented government, manufacturing, agricultural and commercial clients as a partner with Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe; Alden Aronovsky & Sax; and Cox, Castle & Nicholson. A former law clerk to Judge Alfred T. Goodwin of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, Professor Aronovsky has served as a judge pro tem for the San Francisco and Contra Costa County Superior Courts. He is a trained mediator and has served on the mediation panels of the California Court of Appeals, First District, and the Contra Costa Superior Court, and as a neutral case evaluator for the U.S. District Court, Northern District of California.

"Our job as lawyers is to help other people solve problems. We should never lose sight of that fact."

Since law school, when he was associate editor of the Ecology Law Quarterly, Professor Aronovsky has written extensively on environmental issues, including an article cited by the U.S. Supreme Court, and has served on the editorial board of the Journal of Environmental Forensics. He has shared his expertise at programs sponsored by the Association of American Law Schools (AALS), American Bar Association, State Bar of California, Los Angeles County Bar Association (LACBA), San Francisco Bar Association, and the Practicing Law Institute, and as a guest speaker at law schools including the University of California, Berkeley; Pennsylvania State University; and Golden Gate University.

Through his extensive scholarship and lecture experience, Professor Aronovsky found a natural affinity for academia and began a new career in legal education in 2002 as a visiting assistant professor at Pennsylvania State University, Dickinson School of Law. He joined Southwestern's full time faculty in 2003, and says he aims to instill in his students an appreciation of the "human dimension" of a lawyer's role. "Our job as lawyers is to help other people solve problems," he says. "We should never lose sight of that fact." Professor Aronovsky serves as faculty advisor to student organizations on campus, most notably the Public Interest Law Committee. In 2008, he was honored as the Irving D. and Florence Rosenberg Professor of Law.

Professor Aronovsky is an elected member of the American Law Institute. He was the 2012 Chair of the AALS Alternative Dispute Resolution Section and the 2009 Chair of the AALS Litigation Section. He serves on the Executive Committees of the AALS Alternative Dispute Resolution and Litigation Sections, and the LACBA Environmental Law Section.



The Supreme Court and the Future of Arbitration: Towards a Preemptive Federal Arbitration Procedural Paradigm?, 42 SOUTHWESTERN LAW REVIEW 131 (2013)

Introduction, The AALS ADR Sections Program on "The Supreme Court and the Future of Arbitration," 42 SOUTHWESTERN LAW REVIEW, No. 1 (2013)

Foreword, CERCLA and the Future of Liability-Based Environmental Regulation, 41 SOUTHWESTERN LAW REVIEW 581 (2012)

A Preemption Paradox: Preserving the Role of State Law in Private Cleanup Cost Disputes, 16 NEW YORK UNIVERSITY ENVIRONMENTAL LAW JOURNAL 225 (2008)

Back from the Margins: An Environmental Nuisance Paradigm for Private Cleanup Cost Disputes, 84 DENVER UNIVERSITY LAW REVIEW 395 (2006)

Federalism and CERCLA: Re-Thinking the Role of Federal Law in Private Cleanup Cost Disputes, 33 ECOLOGY LAW QUARTERLY 1 (2006) 

Liability Theories in Contaminated Groundwater Litigation, 1 JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL FORENSICS 97 (September 2000)


Liability of Parent Corporations For Hazardous Substance Releases Under CERCLA, 24 UNIVERSITY OF SAN FRANCISCO LAW REVIEW 421 (Spring, 1990); reprinted in "Protecting the Corporate Parent," 749 PRACTICING LAW INSTITUTE HANDBOOK (1991); and cited by the United States Supreme Court in UNITED STATES V. BESTFOODS, 524 U.S. 51,118 S. Ct. 1876,1886 at n.9 (with Lynn D. Fuller; 1998)

Employers of Wausau v. Musick, Peeler & Garrett: Ninth Circuit Finds Non-Parties Beyond The Reach of Contribution Bar Order, 2 SECURITIES NEWS, NO. 1 - AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION COMMITTEE ON SECURITIES LITIGATION, SECTION OF LITIGATION (Summer 1992)


Representing Professionals in Tax Shelter Litigation, TAX SHELTERS IN TROUBLE - PRACTICING LAW INSTITUTE HANDBOOK 232 (with T. Snow; 1985)

Representing Professionals in Tax Shelter Litigation, NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL (with T. Snow; November 1985)

Metromedia, Inc. v City of San Diego: The First Amendment, Aesthetics and the Realities of Billboard Control, 9 ECOLOGY LAW QUARTERLY 295 (1981)


2012, Excellence in Teaching Award Recipient