Stradley Ronon senior counsel Bennett G. Picker was named a recipient of the "2010 American Bar Association's (ABA) Lawyer as Problem Solver Award." Mr. Picker was recognized for his unprecedented insight into new avenues of dispute resolution. The award is presented annually to an individual or institution that demonstrates profound creativity in problem solving.
Mr. Picker is a full-time mediator and arbitrator in domestic and international disputes. From 1996 to 2007, he chaired the firm's 13-lawyer ADR practice group, while mediating disputes between companies ranging from Fortune 500s to closely held businesses. He is the author of Mediation Practice Guide - A Handbook for Resolving Business Disputes published in 2003 by the American Bar Association Section on Dispute Resolution.
Under Mr. Picker's direction, Stradley Ronon was one of the first firms in the nation to recognize, embrace and promote ADR within a law firm setting. Contrary to the conflict typically found between a law firm's interest in billable hours and the more cost-efficient approach of dispute resolution, Stradley Ronon made its problem solving approach to dispute resolution a part of the very fabric of the firm - something that is still rare in today's law firms. Highlighting that commitment, the CPR Institute - a membership-based, nonprofit alliance of global corporations, law firms, scholars and public institutions - recognized Stradley Ronon for its leadership and dedication to the principles of conflict management and resolution in 2007, presenting the firm with its inaugural "Law Firm Award for Excellence in Alternative Dispute Resolution."
Stradley Ronon attorneys Gabriela Arce de Smith, E. Taylor Brody, Leslie Miller Greenspan, Elizabeth Ann Livingston, William Mahoney, Antonia Pfeffer, Julia Rafferty and Nicole Stover were recognized by the First Judicial District's 2009 Pro Bono Roll of Honor. The Pro Bono Roll of Honor recognizes attorneys who have provided pro bono services to litigants in the Philadelphia Courts in 2009. The Roll of Honor is chosen by the Pro Bono Committee which includes members of the bench, bar and pro bono service providers.