Ronald R. Gilbert
Chairman of the Board of Directors
Foundation for Spinal Cord Injury Prevention, Care & Cure

Ron Gilbert's professional career has been dedicated to preventing serious spinal cord injuries as well as serious aquatic injuries. In addition to serving as Secretary and a member of the board of the National Spinal Cord Injury Association over the years, Ron has been a member of the board for many other spinal cord and aquatic injury groups. Ron founded and is the Chairman of the Foundation for Spinal Cord Injury Prevention (FSCIP) and the Foundation for Aquatic Injury Prevention (FAIP) which are nonprofit educational groups dedicated to preventing spinal cord and aquatic injuries.

Ron earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio. He went on to earn a law degree from the University of Michigan Law School. In subsequent years, Ron has undertaken additional graduate course work at both the University of Michigan and at Wayne State University Law School.

Professional Career
Ron began his legal career working in the Wayne County Prosecutors Office, but soon moved on to the private law firm of Rouse, Selby, et al. In 1972, Ron joined the firm of Charfoos & Charfoos, which later came to be known as Charfoos, Christensen, Gilbert & Archer, P.C., one of Michigan's preeminent plaintiff' s law firms. After leaving his friends at the Charfoos firm, Ron established his own firm, Ronald R. Gilbert, P. C. in 1984.

In his capacity as an advocate for SCI and aquatic injury victims, Ron has written numerous articles that have appeared in both professional and health care publications. Ron also has been a frequent speaker on a variety of spinal cord and aquatic injury topics, throughout the United States.

Ron is certifiied in the following areas

Aquatic Facilitator Operator
Pediatric CPR
Adult CPR
Adult/Pediatric CPR

Organizational Memberships
In his efforts to further the cause of SCI and aquatic injury victims, Ron, in addition to founding both the FSCIP and FAIP, was recently elected Chairman of the National Aquatic Coalition and has been actively involved in more than 30 other organizations, including the following:

American Public Health Association
National Swimming Pool Safety Committee
Brain Injury Association
Michigan Brain Injury Association
Colorado Head Injury Foundation
Spinal Cord Society
Michigan Spinal Cord Traumatic Brain Injury Advisory Committee
Aquatic Injury Safety Foundation
Shake-A-leg, Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation Organization
National Spinal Cord Injury Association, Board Of Directors
Michigan Spinal Cord Injury Association, President and Founder
Orange County Trauma Society
Drowning Prevention Foundation, Chairman Development Committee
National Coalition to Prevent Childhood Injury
Michigan Safe Kids Chapter, Founder and Board Member
Michigan Recreation & Park Association
National Recreation & Park Association
California Drowning Prevention Network
Safe Start, Florida Drowning Prevention and Support Group
National Wheelchair Athletic Association
Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, London, England
National Safety Council, Aquatic Safety Committee
Council for National Cooperation in Aquatics
National Water Safety Congress
World Water Parks Association
American Park and Recreation Society
American Standards and Testing Materials
American Trauma Society
American Paralysis Association
Spinal Injuries Association, London, England
National Organization on Disabilities
Surfers Medical Association
Southeastern Michigan Spinal Cord Injury Association Executive Committee
Spinal Cord Injury Advisory Committee for Southeastern Michigan Spinal Injury System
National Environmental Health Association
Canadian Rehabilitation Counsel for the Disabled
International Association of Aquatic Consultants
International Lifesaving Federation
United States Lifesaving Federation

Recognition and Awards
Ron has received the following professional and civic recognition for his work on behalf of SCI and aquatic injury victims, which most recently includes his election to Who's Who in Aquatics 2002:

He also is listed in:
Directory of Legal Resources in Brain Injury and Disability Publication
Who's Who in the World
Who's Who in America
Who's Who in the Midwest
Who's Who in American Law
Men of Achievement
Who's Who in Society
Who's Who in Practicing Attorneys
Directory of Litigation Attorneys
National Directory of Expert Consultants and Advisers
Directory of Aquatic Consultants

Received Award of Recognition from Michigan Paralyzed Veterans of America



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