Ron Kuby Biography
Ron Kuby born Ronald L. Kuby is an American criminal defense and civil rights lawyer, radio talk show host and television commentator. He is best known for hosting radio programs on WABC Radio in New York and Air America radio. Ron currently leads the Law Office of Ronald L. Kuby in Manhattan.
Ron Kuby Age
Ron was born on July 31, 1956, in Cleveland, Ohio. He is 64 years old.
Ron Kuby Family
Ron was born in Cleveland, Ohio. When he was five years old his parents divorced, after which he lived with his mother. He joined the Jewish Defense League under the influence of his father at 13. At that time his father was a follower of Meir David Kahane. As a teenager, he emigrated to Israel, but returned to the U.S. after being disillusioned by “anti-Arab racism”.
Ron Kuby Education
Ron briefly attended an accredited alternative high school in 1973. After graduating, he attended Cleveland State University for one year.
In 1974 he dropped out of college and moved to St. Croix, in the U.S. Virgin Islands, where he worked on a tugboat and developed an interest in West Indian ethnobotany and medicinal plants. Briefly, he moved to Maine, then to Kansas in 1975. He completed his degrees in cultural anthropology and history at the University of Kansas.
Ron was a free-speech and anti-apartheid activist while at KU. He graduated with the highest distinction, had a 4.0 average. He also conducted and published original fieldwork, including the 1979 “Folk medicine on St. Croix: an ethnobotanical study”, after returning to St. Croix several times.
His arm was broken intentionally as alleged by Ron by Kansas University police when they broke up an anti-apartheid protest during a commencement ceremony. Protesters were urging the KU Endowment Association to divest itself of investments in companies doing business in South Africa.
In 1983 he earned his Juris Doctor from Cornell Law School. His grades entitled him to a position on the prestigious Cornell Law Review, but Ron turned down the invitation. Ron graduated as one of the top students in his class.
Ron Kuby Wife | Ron Kuby Daughter
On January 23, 2006, Kuby married Marilyn Vasta on the 20th anniversary of their first date. He lives in Chelsea with his wife a psychotherapist, and their bichon frisé, Lily; they are sometimes joined by their daughter, Emma, who attends Wesleyan University.
Ron Kuby Lawyer
Ronald L. Kuby has been a lawyer in New York City for more than 25 years, successfully representing clients in some of the most high-profile criminal and civil rights actions in the United States.
Ron Kuby Law Office
The Law Office of Ronald L. Kuby is one of the best-known and well-regarded in the fields of criminal defense and civil rights.
It has represented private individuals, government employees including municipal workers, teachers, police officers, and firefighters, as well as artists and entertainers.
It is proud of its deep and abiding commitment to its clients and the rule of law. The firm philosophically believes that the Constitution knows no boundaries when it comes to matters of race, religion, sexual orientation, status, and wealth.
Following its commitment to social justice, this led to one of the highest jury awards in New York State history: An historic $43 million jury verdict against Bernard Hugo Goetz, the notorious subway gunman who gunned down four young Black men in 1984. The firm represented Darryl Cabey, who Goetz shot after uttering the now-famous words, “You look all right. Here’s another.” The bullet severed Darryl’s spine, rendering him a paraplegic and resulting in brain damage.
Ron Kuby WABC
Ron and Curtis Sliwa co-hosted a daily radio show titled Curtis and Kuby in the Morning on WABC-AM 770, in New York City from 1999 to 2007. WABC replaced the show with Don Imus and retained Sliwa after an eight-year run. Ron and Sliwa then shared a short-lived midday television program on MSNBC.
He started broadcasting on Air America Radio in 2008, at first as a replacement for Randi Rhodes, then later with a regular show, Doing Time with Ron Kuby. Air America moved Kuby’s show to a new time slot in May 2009, which took him off of the schedule for many affiliates. By June, his show was removed from Air America’s schedule.
Curtis and Kuby returned to WABC in the noon-3pm (Eastern) timeslot on January 2, 2014. Ron was released from WABC in late May 2017 for budgetary reasons.
Ron is also a frequent pundit and substitute anchor on Court TV and has appeared several times on the Discovery Channel program Oddities, offering legal advice.
He was interviewed on the WBGO program “Conversations with Allan Wolper” on May 16, 2008. He discussed how the media sometimes convicts criminal suspects in the court of public opinion.
Unlike defense lawyers who usually suppress specifics about their residence, family, and habits, Ron agreed in 2012 to be featured in the weekly New York Times “Sunday Routine” photo report on prominent or colorful New Yorkers.
Ron Kuby Net Worth
Ron has an estimated net worth of $5 million.