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Pedro A. Ramos

T 215-751-2502; 202-419-4244

    Pedro A. Ramos is a highly respected attorney, advisor, and civil servant with a track record of effective leadership, management, and commitment to civic justice.
    Mr. Ramos focuses his legal practice on higher education, public-private partnerships, governance and compliance. Mr. Ramos is the co-chair of the Higher Education Practice Group and active across several practice groups in the Business Services Department.  

    Mr. Ramos has assisted clients and colleagues in a broad range of strategic, compliance, litigation and transactional matters, including: pension, compensation, and employee benefits laws; fiduciary responsibility; public sector labor negotiations; higher education labor negotiations; government financed projects; public-private partnerships; internal investigations; local contracting laws; campus safety, public safety, and disaster management; and large human relations and civil rights investigations.

    Mr. Ramos served as the City Solicitor (General Counsel) for the City of Philadelphia, as well as the City's Managing Director (Chief Operating Officer). In higher education, he served as Vice President & Chief of Staff to former University of Pennsylvania President Dr. Judith Rodin. As a volunteer public official, he has twice been asked by leaders (from different political parties) to lead the governance of Philadelphia public schools through times of crisis. He is the former Chairman of the Philadelphia School Reform Commission.


    • Project H.O.M.E., Board of Trustees, Vice President
    • Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation, Board of Directors, Member
    • Philadelphia Zoo, Board of Directors, Member
    • Independence Foundation, Board of Trustees, Member
    • PYXERA Global (Washington, D.C.), Audit Committee, Chair


    • University of Michigan Law School, J.D., cum laude, 1992
    • University of Pennsylvania, B.A., urban studies, 1987

    Bar Admissions

    • Pennsylvania, 1992

    Professional Affiliations

    • National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA)
    • National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD)
    • Philadelphia Bar Association, Legislative Liaison Committee, Past Co-Chair
    • Eisenhower Fellowships, Alumni Advisory Council, Past Member; Philadelphia Alumni Group, Past President
    • International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation and Political Violence at King's College, London, Advisory Board, Member

    Other Distinctions

    • Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa, Drexel University, 2014
    • William J. Clothier II Memorial Award, 2013
    • El Concilo Citizen of the Year, 2013
    • Hispanic Bar Association of Pennsylvania La Justicia Award, 2011
    • Michigan Latino Law Students Association J.T. Canales Distinguished Alumni Award, 2008
    • Philadelphia Education Fund Giving Forward Award, 2002
    • Children's Scholorship Fund Philadelphia, Citizen of the Year, 2014 
    • Leon J. Obermayer Award, 2000
    • Listed in The Bond Buyer's Municipal Marketplace ("The Red Book")