Stradley Ronon partner Danielle Banks has been appointed vice chair of the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Federal Courts Committee, which serves as an informal liaison between the Federal Courts covering the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and members of the bar. The committee’s work includes informing the members with regard to changes in Federal practice and procedure, as well as serving as a “sounding board” for proposals for Federal court reforms.
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. Ms. Banks also represents defendants in products liability actions, including pharmaceutical and asbestos litigation. Ms. Banks recently received the Martin Luther King, Jr. Champions of Social Justice Award to honor her commitment to social justice and equality, which invoke the spirit and ideals of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Stradley Ronon partner Mark E. Chopko served as a judge for George Washington University Law School’s National Religious Moot Court Competition held Feb. 1-2 in Washington, D.C. This year’s moot court featured arguments involving the constitutionality of the application of the contraceptive mandate under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to religious charities.
Mr. Chopko is chair of Stradley Ronon’s 30-attorney nonprofit and religious organizations practice group and advises clients in matters including structural, business, governance, regulatory and complex litigation. He has participated in more than 30 Supreme Court cases as counsel for religious groups in friend-of-the-Court briefs. He is also nationally known for his work on the tort liability of nonprofit entities and the rights of religious organizations against government encroachment. In addition, Mr. Chopko is an adjunct professor of law at Georgetown University, where he teaches a seminar on church-state law.
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Stradley Ronon partners Jeffrey D. Grossman and Patrick R. Kingsley co-authored a chapter entitled “Differing Site Conditions” for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute’s Pennsylvania Construction Law: Project Delivery Methods, Execution and Completion. The book comprehensively addresses the development of a construction project through contracts, insurance and bonding, performance, claims at various levels and complexities, warranties and completion.
Mr. Grossman and Mr. Kingsley are co-chairs of Stradley Ronon’s construction practice group, which represents clients in every aspect of construction law, including site acquisition, construction financing, construction and design document preparation and negotiation, construction litigation, alternative dispute resolution, and employment and labor matters.