Ralph E. Burnham

Partner

Ralph practices in all areas of civil litigation, but primarily focuses in the area of blasting and commercial explosives. Ralph has successfully defended his blasting clients in jury trials and in hundreds of cases throughout his career. As national counsel for several blasting carriers and clients, he has defended lawsuits throughout the United States.  

A member of the blasting community for almost twenty years, he has had the privilege of working with the best in the business; as a result, he not only understands the science of blasting and blasting regulations, but also the real world problems faced by those in the blasting industry. A member of the International Society of Explosives Engineers, Ralph is frequently asked to speak on legal issues facing the blasting community at seminars around the country.

Ralph is also proud to defend real estate appraisers, both in court and before state regulatory agencies. As an advocate for real estate appraisers, he has successfully tried appraisal cases to juries in Ohio and Kentucky, defended appraisers before appraisal boards in both states, and has lectured on issues of importance to the appraisal industry. Ralph was recently honored by the Kentucky Real Estate Appraisal Board, which requested he address legal issues facing real estate appraisers at each of the board’s 2017 continuing educational seminars throughout the state.  

Ralph is also an approved mediator with the Hamilton County, Ohio, Court of Common Pleas.

Professional Details

Presentations & Articles

Affiliations

  • International Society of Explosives Engineers
  • Claims & Litigation Management Alliance
  • American Bar Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Cincinnati Bar Association
  • Kentucky Bar Association
  • State Bar of Texas
  • West Virginia State Bar 

Education

  • J.D., University of Houston College of Law
  • B.A., University of Texas 

Admissions

  • Ohio
  • Kentucky
  • Texas
  • West Virginia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Indiana
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas
  • Presenter at 2016 Kentucky Blasting Conference (“Handling Blasting Complaints, What to Do and What not to Do”)
  • Presenter at 2016 ISEE National Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada (“Protection from Liability”)
  • Panelist “The Pros and Cons of Contract Blasting” at 2015 Kentucky Blasting Conference
  • Presenter at 2015 MSHA Blasting Safety and Application Seminar (Beckley, West Virginia) “Blaster Training Workshop”)
  • Presenter at 2014 Kentucky Real Estate Appraisal Board
  • Presenter at 2013 Pennsylvania Blasting Conference “Protecting Yourself from Liability Before, During and After the Shot”)
  • Presenter at 2012 & 2014 Kentucky Blasting Conference (“Protecting Yourself from Liability Before, During, and After the Shot”)
  • Presenter at 2011 Ohio Blasting Conference (“Defending Blasting Claims”)

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