Stradley Ronon Partner NamedTo International Association Of Defense Counsel

Wednesday, June 1, 2005 - 01:00

Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young, LLP partner Joseph J. McHale, has been selected to the International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC), the oldest and most prestigious international organization of attorneys representing corporations and insurers. The IADC's activities benefit not only the invitation only, peer-reviewed members and their clients through networking, education, and professional opportunities, but also the civil justice system and the legal profession.

Based in the firm's Malvern, PA office, Mr. McHale is an active trial attorney who has tried an assortment of complex matters for many clients including serving as co-trial counsel and obtaining a defense verdict for a large pharmaceutical manufacturing company in the first PPA case tried in Pennsylvania. He is a registered pharmacist and brings this perspective to professional negligence claims.

Stradley Ronon partner Valentino F. DiGiorgio III of the firm's Malvern, PA office was appointed by President George W. Bush to be a member of the Board of Trustees of the Christopher Columbus Fellowship Foundation. The Foundation is an independent federal government agency established to "encourage and support research, study and labor designed to produce new discoveries in all fields of endeavor for the benefit of mankind."

Mr. DiGiorgio is a member of the firm's business department, focusing his practice on banking and real estate - with an emphasis on commercial lending, tax-exempt and municipal financing, banking compliance law, and federal and state lending law. He is also a member of the firm's government and public affairs practice group - handling business development, lobbying, and securing and documenting public sector financing.

Stradley Ronon partner Craig R. Blackman was one of the principal presenters at the National Business Institute's Pennsylvania Insurance Coverage Law Seminar in Harrisburg, PA on May 12, including Hot Topics in Pennsylvania Insurance Coverage Law. With more than 18 years of experience, Mr. Blackman chairs the firm's insurance practice, practicing the full panoply of insurance-related issues. He is also a member of the firm's intellectual property practice group, representing clients in insurance coverage disputes related to intellectual property and privacy issues.

Stradley Ronon associate David T. Garnes recently participated as a panelist at the Pennsylvania Bar Institute's Minority Perspective on Bankruptcy: The Impact of Diversity. Mr. Garnes is the newly re-appointed co-chair of the Minorities in the Profession Committee of the Philadelphia Bar Association. Mr. Garnes, based in the firm's Cherry Hill, NJ office is a member of the firm's litigation department concentrating his practice in complex commercial litigation, business torts and securities.

Christopher J. Zimmerman and Jonathan M. Kopcsik have joined the investment management group at Stradley Ronon. Mr. Zimmerman, located in the law firm's Washington, DC office, andMr.Kopcsik, based in Philadelphia, will advise investment companies, investment advisers and broker-dealers on regulatory and compliance matters.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Zimmerman served as board coordinator for two closed-end fund boards at Deutsche Asset Management. Mr. Kopcsik came from Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP, where he counseled both registered and unregistered investment companies, as well as investment advisers.

Stradley Ronon associate Christopher W. Rosenbleeth was recently appointed to Philadelphia 2020, a committee of the Young Lawyers Division of the Philadelphia Bar Association. The committee was formed to work with other young professional groups in the city to devise reforms needed to become more vibrant and competitive with other cities in attracting and retaining young professionals. Mr. Rosenbleeth is a member of the firm's business department concentrating his practice on representing institutional lenders in commercial finance transactions, commercial real estate, and general corporate matters

Danielle Banks, a partner in the litigation department of Stradley Ronon, is one of six alumni selected to receive the Temple Law Alumni Association's Len Barrack '68 Alumni Achievement Award at their 90th Anniversary Commemorative Celebration on May 21. The award was presented in recognition of Ms. Banks' accomplishments in the legal community.

Ms. Banks represents management clients in employment and labor matters, represents defendants in asbestos and pharmaceutical tort matters, represents various clients in personal injury matters, commercial lending matters, and in other complex civil litigation matters.She also represents plaintiffs in civil rights cases. Ms. Banks has been involved in several high profile and precedent-setting civil rights cases including successfully representing Ramona Africa in the MOVE case and representing African-American and learning disabled student-athletes in suits against the NCAA.