Ronald  - W. - Schuler

Ronald W. Schuler

Member in Charge of the Pittsburgh Office
Pittsburgh, Pa.
412.325.3302 - office
412.400.6703 - mobile


  • Pomona College, B.A., cum laude, 1985
  • Cornell Law School, J.D., 1988


  • Pennsylvania Bar
  • District of Columbia Bar
Mr. Schuler is a corporate, securities and commercial transactions lawyer with extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions, public offerings, private placement financings, and numerous types of contracts for clients within the energy, software, biotechnology and technology industries.

Representative Experience

  • Serving as chief administrative and senior operations executive for a $100+ million Appalachian oil and gas production company, developing an intimate knowledge of oil and gas transactions, joint ventures, leasing and land matters, and energy derivatives
  • Working with exploration companies on matters relating to large-scale Marcellus Shale acquisition and development
  • Representing a Nasdaq-traded engineering software company from its start-up stage to its initial public offering (1996); and continued to work with the company as outside general counsel on its secondary offering (1998), its Securities Exchange Act compliance (including all disclosure and analyst guidance issues), and five major acquisitions, as well as supervising its intellectual property and licensing work
  • Working extensively with biotechnology and medical device companies, handling major contracts, mergers, acquisitions and financial transactions, as well as serving as first-line issue-spotter with regard to FDA and intellectual property issues
  • Handling portfolio investments for Mid-Atlantic regional venture capital firm (1990 - 1997) and a California-based venture firm (2004 - 2005), focusing on technology investments
  • Serving as special counsel to the board of directors of a regional bank holding company with regard to securities and anti-takeover matters (2004)
  • Representing the City of Pittsburgh and related entities from 1993 to 2000 with regard to the matters culminating in the construction of PNC Park, including: serving as one of the lead negotiators on the lease and construction agreements; designing the auction of the Pittsburgh Pirates and working on the eventual sale of the team to the group headed by Kevin McClatchy; and authoring the urban planning justification for the location of PNC Park

Professional Affiliations

  • McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine Advisory Council, 2003 - 2005
  • Pittsburgh Life Sciences Greenhouse Technology Advisory Committee, 2002 - 2004
  • Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Governor's Life Sciences Greenhouse Committee, 2001 - 2003
  • University of Connecticut Foundation Research & Development Corporation Board of Directors, 2001 - 2005
  • Carlow College Business and Technology Management Program Advisory Committee, 1999 - present
  • Coordinator, Forbes Field II Task Force, Office of the Mayor of the City of Pittsburgh, 1995 - 1996
  • Member, Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA)
  • Member, Allegheny County and American Bar Associations


  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Named the Best Lawyers® 2015 "Lawyer of the Year" for Mergers and Acquisitions Law in Pittsburgh
  • Recognized by Pennsylvania Super Lawyers, 2015
  • Nominated by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America in the areas of Corporate Law and Mergers and Acquisitions Law
  • Recognized by Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business for Corporate/M&A & Private Equity
  • Named to "Who's Who in Energy" by Pittsburgh Business Times, 2014
  • One of 50 "Fast Trackers" who have made significant contributions to the region's business and civic enterprises, Pittsburgh Business Times, May 2003
  • One of 25 "Changemakers," Pittsburgh Business Times, December 2001

Work History

  • Senior Vice President - Corporate Development, PGMT Energy, 2005 - 2006
  • Partner, McGuireWoods, Pittsburgh office, 2003 - 2005
  • Shareholder/Associate, Buchanan Ingersoll, Pittsburgh and London offices, 1988 - 2003
    • Founding Co-Chair, Biotechnology Group, 2000 - 2003

Community Affiliations

  • Murrysville Community Library Board of Trustees, 2009 - 2011
  • Silk Screen Film Festival Board of Directors, 2010 - present
  • Pittsburgh Public Media Board of Advisors, 2010 - present
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