Stradley Ronon Receives Catholic Volunteer Network’s Bishop Francis Award

Friday, May 3, 2013 - 10:06

From left: Chairman and CEO of Special Olympics Tim Shriver, former Senator Harris Wofford, Stradley Ronon partner Mark Chopko, Catholic Volunteer Network board chair Nancy Utoft, and Catholic Volunteer Network executive director Jim Lindsay.

Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young received Catholic Volunteer Network’s 2013 Bishop Joseph A. Francis Award for Service to the Community at a reception held at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., on April 18. The award honors those who have shown exemplary community service and a great commitment to volunteerism, with a focus on those serving in the Washington, D.C., area. Catholic Volunteer Network pointed specifically to the firm’s “outstanding financial contributions and volunteer efforts in support of nonprofit and charitable organizations.”

The award is demonstrative of Stradley Ronon’s commitment to philanthropy and community service. The firm supports hundreds of nonprofit and charitable organizations through financial contributions and volunteer efforts, and firm employees participate in the annual fundraising campaigns of several charities, including the American Red Cross and the American Diabetes Association.

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Stradley Ronon Senior Counsel Bennett G. Picker was named Best Lawyers’ Philadelphia “Lawyer of the Year” in mediation and arbitration for the third consecutive year. The 2013 Best Lawyers in America is based on an exhaustive peer-review of legal abilities of other lawyers in their specialties. “Lawyers of the Year” have received particularly high ratings among their peers for their abilities, professionalism and integrity.

As senior counsel at Stradley Ronon, Mr. Picker is a full-time mediator and arbitrator. He is a distinguished fellow of the International Academy of Mediators and a fellow of the American College of Civil Trial Mediators. Mr. Picker serves on the panels of the American Arbitration Association and the CPR Institute for Dispute Resolution. He is also the author of Mediation Practice Guide: A Handbook For Resolving Business Disputes (Second Edition), published in 2003 by the ABA Section on Dispute Resolution.

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Stradley Ronon partner Steven B. Davis has been appointed to the American College of Coverage & Extracontractual Counsel, a group of leading insurance lawyers across the nation that aims to improve the quality of the practice of insurance law to better represent both insurers and policyholders. The invitation-only college will hold its inaugural meeting in Chicago on May 7.

As chair of the firm’s insurance practice group, Mr. Davis represents property & casualty, liability and health insurers and intermediaries in regulatory, litigation and government affairs matters, and also provides counsel to insurance regulators in enforcement, policy and transactional matters.