Practice Areas

  • Commercial Explosives and Blasting

Education

J.D., University of Houston College of Law, 1991

B.A., University of Texas Austin, 1987 

Bar Admissions

  • State of Ohio, 1997
  • Commonwealth of Kentucky, 1998
  • State of Texas, 1991
  • State of West Virginia, 2016
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit, 1993
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit, 1999
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio, 1999
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio, 2016
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Kentucky, 1998
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Kentucky, 2003
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan, 1999
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana, 2004
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas, 1991
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas, 2003
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of West Virginia, 2017
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I care about my clients, not just the task ahead. Getting great results is the goal; developing a long term relationship is the desire.

Ralph practices in all areas of civil litigation, and primarily focuses in the area of blasting construction, mining, commercial explosives, and transportation in both state and federal courts. As national counsel for multiple blasting insurers and clients, Ralph has successfully defended his blasting clients in jury trials and in hundreds of cases throughout the country. Ralph is frequently asked to speak on legal issues facing the blasting community at industry seminars and conferences.

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.  

Before joining Reminger, Ralph was a partner with another regional law firm.

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

Honors & Recognitions

Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas Mediator

Professional Memberships & Community Affiliations

International Society of Explosives Engineers (ISEE)

ISEE Bluegrass Chapter
-Board Member

Kentucky Crushed Stone Association (KCSA)

Texas, Kentucky, Ohio, West Virginia, Northern Kentucky, and Cincinnati Bar Associations

Representative Matters

Shepherd v. Dyno Nobel, Inc., Floyd County, Ky. Circuit Court No. 12-CI-488: Defense verdict at jury trial of plaintiff’s claims alleging damage to her home and water well from mining and blasting operations. (2016).

Ortiz v. Oxford Mining Co., Muhlenberg County, Ky. Circuit Court No. 13-CI-00012: Directed verdict in favor of defendants at jury trial of plaintiffs’ claims alleging property damage from nearby mining and blasting operations. (2015.)

Anderson v. Armstrong Coal Co., Muhlenberg County, Ky. Circuit Court No. 13-CI-199: Jury trial of plaintiff’s claims alleging property damage from nearby mining and blasting operations that resulted in a hung jury. The case subsequently settled for a nuisance amount significantly less than the pre-trial demand. (2015).

Republic Bank v. Bell, Fore & Mitchell, Jefferson County, Ky, Circuit Court  No. 08-CI-12888: Defense verdict at jury trial of plaintiff’s claims of appraiser malpractice (2013).

Hurley v. Pompey Coal Corp. & Virginia Drilling Co., LLC, Pike County, Ky. Circuit Court No. 09-CI-00212: Defense verdict at jury trial of a plaintiff’s claims alleging property damage and loss of enjoyment and use of his property from blasting. (2011).

Successfully defended a blasting client and quarry operation from claims arising from a fracking sand operation that involved more than 100 residential properties in Perry County, Missouri. (2012).

Successfully defended a blasting client and construction client from claims arising from a road construction project in eastern Kentucky that involved more than 60 residential properties and a local school. (2015).

Won dismissal of administrative citations and notices of noncompliance by Kentucky Department of Mine Reclamation and Enforcement and the Kentucky Explosives and Blasting Branch against two blasting clients for alleged violations of Kentucky blasting laws and regulations. (2015).

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