Mr. Bae started his law career as a military lawyer in the US Navy JAG Corps. He served his tour of duty at the U.S. Naval Legal Service Office Pacific (NLSOPAC) in Yokosuka, Japan, home of the U.S. Seventh Fleet. As an active-duty Navy lawyer, Mr. Bae tried numerous court-martial cases, ranging from misdemeanors to major felonies, including second-chairing two capital murder cases, one involving misappropriation of classified material on North Korea. Mr. Bae also managed the NLSOPAC claims department whose area of responsibility includes mainland Japan, Korea, the Philippines, Hong Kong, Singapore, Diego Garcia, and much of Indian Ocean to the North Arabian Sea. For his accomplishments during his tour, he was awarded a Navy Achievement Medal, a Navy Commendation Medal and a Humanitarian Service Medal.
After his honorable discharge from the Navy, Mr. Bae practiced law in Los Angeles specializing in legal malpractice defense, banking, real estate and commercial litigation. Mr. Bae has defended numerous high-exposure legal malpractice cases where the underlying case involved disputes such as complex binding arbitrations over partnership breakdown, Multi-District Litigation in federal court after a Boeing 747 airplane crash in Guam, and multitude of business and commercial litigation issues. In a recent trial victory, Mr. Bae represented Alcoa, Inc. in a 3-week jury trial and obtained a unanimous $1.9 million jury verdict. Currently, Mr. Bae devotes 100% of his practice litigating class action cases involving wage and hour, consumer fraud and unfair business practices on behalf of consumers and employees.
Mr. Bae graduated from UCLA with a B.A. in Economics and received his J.D. from Southwestern University School of Law. While in law school, Mr. Bae served as the Articles Editor of the Southwestern Journal of International Law. Mr. Bae also served as an extern at US Bankruptcy Court, California Attorney General’s Office (Writs, Trials & Appeals) and US Attorney’s Office.
Mr. Bae is a member of Million Dollar Advocates Forum which is an organization of trial attorneys in the United States who have obtained a verdict or settlement in excess of a million dollars.
He also serves on the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s Armed Forces Committee which supports the Veterans Legal Services Project, a collaboration with U.S. VETS and County of Los Angeles to provide pro bono legal services at Patriotic Hall in downtown Los Angeles. Mr. Bae is admitted to practice in all courts of the state of California as well as the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces and the United States Supreme Court.
At the LACBA Armed Forces Ball on October 19, 2019, Mr. Ronald Bae received the LACBA Armed Forces Committee Award for Special Services to Veterans by an individual (for securing a $654,000 cy pres award for the Veterans Project), along with several other honorees, including: the law firms Proskauer and Foley & Mansfield (recipients of the Patriotic Hall Legal Clinic Award); Jodi Galvin, Elizabeth Warner-Sterkenburg, and Evelyn Zimmer (recipients of Alan K Steinbrecher Volunteer Leadership Award); and Wells Fargo (for Outstanding Corporate Service to Veterans).