Danielle Banks Named To 2012 Most Powerful And Influential Women Of Pennsylvania

Tuesday, November 20, 2012 - 17:48

Stradley Ronon partner Danielle Banks was recognized by the National Diversity Council as one of the “2012 Most Powerful and Influential Women of Pennsylvania” at the 3rd Annual Philadelphia Diversity and Leadership Conference on October 18. The award honors women in the Philadelphia community who have displayed excellence in leadership.

As a partner in the firm’s litigation practice group, Ms. Banks represents companies and individuals in employment law matters, including claims brought under Title VII, Section 1981, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family Medical Leave Act and the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act. She also defends clients in Section 1983, Title VI and Fair Housing Act matters. Additionally, her practice includes products liability litigation, as well as other complex commercial litigation.

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Stradley Ronon partners Fabio Battaglia, Michael D. Mabry and Michael W. Mundt presented “Active ETFs: The Path to Product” before an audience of investment advisers in Boston on October 17. The panelists discussed the legal, regulatory and business steps necessary to develop and launch active exchange-traded funds (ETFs). Topics included the basics of the ETF structures, including active versus index management; navigating the SEC registration and application process; portfolio disclosure for active ETFs; partnering with ETF service providers; listing, seeding and launching ETFs; and marketing and distribution.

The three presenters are each partners in Stradley Ronon’s nationally recognized investment management group, which boasts more than 50 attorneys dedicated to serving investment company clients. Mr. Battaglia focuses his practice on counseling investment companies and investment advisers in connection with various regulatory, compliance and transactional issues. Mr. Mabry counsels investment companies, investment advisers, broker-dealers and other financial service providers on a variety of securities and corporate matters. Mr. Mundt, who was previously assistant director in the Office of Investment Company Regulation of the Securities and Exchange Commission, assists clients with complex legal issues under federal securities laws, with a particular focus on ETFs.

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Stradley Ronon attorneys Joshua N. Silverstein and Brian P. Seaman recently were recognized for their work by Philadelphia area publications. Partner Joshua N. Silverstein was chosen for the New Jersey Law Journal’s “New Leaders of the Bar” and associate Brian P. Seaman was selected to The Legal Intelligencer’s list of “Lawyers on the Fast Track.”

The “New Leaders of the Bar” list is made up of 50 lawyers under 40 who represent the next wave of leadership of the New Jersey bar. The “Lawyers on the Fast Track” list is comprised of individuals who are seen as the future leaders of the state’s legal community, and is judged by seven panelists from across the Commonwealth.

Mr. Silverstein focuses his practice on mergers and acquisitions, transactional health care and insurance matters and general corporate counseling. He also has extensive experience in middle-market ($10 million-$300 million) merger and acquisition transactions.

Mr. Seaman focuses his practice on complex commercial litigation, products liability, and commercial lending matters. Mr. Seaman also has experience as a trial attorney and has defended many cases (at both the state and federal levels) for large financial institutions, pharmaceutical companies, and manufacturers.