Stradley Ronon litigators have amassed an impressive record in state and federal district courts and in appeals at every level, including the Supreme Court of the United States.
We litigate hundreds of matters each year and counsel clients regarding those claims. Often, we are involved with defending class action litigation. Whenever appropriate, we counsel clients to consider mediation and other alternative dispute resolution (ADR) techniques.
In Philadelphia and the mid-Atlantic region, our work and our lawyers are well-known to judges, prosecutors and regulatory officials. We also handle significant national and international litigation.
Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)
Along with courtroom victories in prominent cases, we are known for our innovative approach to evaluating business disputes and setting a course for efficient, cost-effective resolution. ADR is another option we consider when evaluating our client’s objectives. In appropriate cases, we use ADR techniques – including mediation, arbitration, summary jury hearings and other forms of expedited voluntary proceedings – to settle cases faster, preserve business relationships, and spend less time and money in litigation. Stradley Ronon received The International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution’s inaugural “Law Firm Award for Excellence in Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR).”
Our practice reflects the wide range of interests of our clients, including manufacturers, suppliers and distributors, food-service companies, high-technology ventures, hospitals and other health care providers, banks, insurers and insurance brokers, investment companies and brokerage firms, nonprofit and religious groups, other major law firms, accounting firms and individuals. We handle the full range of commercial disputes, including shareholder and partnership disputes, contract claims and claims of unfair business practices. We also frequently litigate disputes involving professional liability and business torts, including fraud and tortious interference, and suits brought under state consumer protection and deceptive trade practice acts, as well as the federal RICO statute.
Stradley Ronon represents several of the nation’s largest mutual fund companies in litigation across the country involving state and federal securities laws, and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission and private regulatory bodies. Dealing with hundreds of claims each year involving a wide range of issues enables our lawyers to evaluate new matters quickly and recommend efficient strategies for resolving disputes.
Stradley Ronon litigators are called on to handle complex securities cases on behalf of investment companies. In the Philadelphia area, we serve as defense counsel to many of the best-known broker-dealers and accounting firms.
Insurance and surety companies call on our attorneys to handle all phases of complex coverage disputes, from coverage opinions to litigation in state and federal courts across the country. We have expertise handling coverage matters involving all types of commercial and personal lines. We have served as national coordinating counsel on numerous coverage litigation issues, allowing us to develop extensive information management systems for monitoring and handling underlying coverage programs and claims. We also routinely defend insurers in large loss matters involving claims of “bad faith” or seeking other extra-contractual relief. Producers and intermediaries also call on us to defend them in both claims and regulatory litigation.
Products Liability & Mass Tort Defense
Our representations in products liability cases focus on pharmacological, medical device, industrial or manufacturing equipment, chemicals and construction equipment. We are involved in industry-wide tort litigation involving diverse products.
Employment and Labor Disputes
Across the country, employment-related suits comprise the fastest-growing area of litigation. Our Employment & Labor Practice Group stresses prevention of disputes and seeks to minimize claims. We counsel clients on broad issues such as the Americans with Disabilities Act, as well as everyday matters such as hiring and termination, employee handbooks, profit-sharing and health plans.
Concurrently, we help resolve many disputes each year through mediation and before federal and state courts, administrative agencies and arbitration panels. We represent employers in grievance proceedings, arbitrations, class-action suits, unfair labor practice proceedings and appearances before the National Labor Relations Board and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
Professional Liability and Malpractice
We are retained by a wide range of professionals – accountants, architects, doctors, engineers and lawyers – as well as hospitals and religious institutions to defend against professional liability claims. We are often retained directly by clients in these professions or by their insurers. The professional liability cases we handle involve large exposures and sophisticated legal, technical and economic issues.
Intellectual Property Disputes
Stradley Ronon represents clients in the most sophisticated and challenging disputes including patent rights, licensing, trademarks, copyrights, online commercial transactions, software and other matters involving technology.
In addition to District Court actions, we are familiar with proceedings before the International Trade Commission, which can result in orders excluding imports as one way to enforce IP rights. We have also handled Patent and Trademark Office patent interference proceedings, which determine priority between competing inventors (i.e., who invented first and who gets the patent). Finally, we have handled domain name disputes before the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers under the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy.
Constitutional and Civil Rights
Stradley Ronon has served as special counsel to legislators and legislative bodies, including the Pennsylvania General Assembly, in matters involving the speech or debate clauses of the Pennsylvania and federal constitutions. In several prominent cases, we have represented religious groups and church-affiliated institutions in matters involving First Amendment issues and school funding. We have active and dedicated civil rights practitioners who focus on a variety of discrimination and constitutional claims. Several of our attorneys have earned national reputations in this area, representing clients in highly publicized cases involving racial and religious discrimination.
In addition to providing litigation services to health care providers, our litigators are active in proceedings particular to the health care industry. We represent hospitals and health care providers in matters relating to fraud, compliance, medical staff and corporate governance. We also represent leading health care insurers and payors in ERISA, contract and professional liability matters.
We regularly represent clients in cases that determine environmental liability. We have broad capabilities in both common law and statutory claims, including claims arising under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act, as well as various state environmental clean-up laws. Our lawyers have defended corporate clients in high-profile citizen suits under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, the Clean Water Act and the Endangered Species Act.
Our litigators are active in complex construction cases, including the representation of owners, architects and contractors, as well as designers and suppliers of construction equipment, products and processes.