Stradley Ronon’s litigation team routinely handles high-risk, high-stakes litigation in a wide array of matters spanning state and federal courts, before governmental agencies, and in international and domestic arbitrations. From pre-litigation planning through discovery, trial and appeal, our litigators become steeped in and allied with our clients’ business goals and stay focused on the end game: delivering results. Taking a value-driven, practical approach, armed with the confidence of taking scores of cases to verdict, we deliver consistent and cost-effective results against some of the largest law firms in the country.
We define our approach and measure our success with three simple core values: passion, commitment and results. This philosophy drives our strategic focus, our client service initiatives and our recruiting efforts.
Passion: What we enjoy most – and do best – is develop and execute winning strategies. Our lawyers listen carefully to clients to gain an understanding of their business needs and goals. We then work collaboratively to craft and execute a clearly articulated, results-oriented plan. Whether devising litigation avoidance strategies or litigating hotly contested disputes, we embrace our clients’ varied and complex legal challenges, thrive on resolving them effectively, and strive to deliver value that distinguishes us from our competitors.
Commitment: Once engaged, our purpose remains focused and our approach dogged. Although cases ultimately rise or fall on the facts and the law, committed litigators live the case: they think about client matters off the (billable) clock, in the car or on the treadmill to find the theme, the angle, the solution that turns the case in the client’s favor. That’s what it takes to be part of the Stradley litigation team.
Results: We measure our success the same way our clients measure it – by our results. Our clients are businesspeople who, at the end of each engagement, consider: What was the result and how much did it cost to get there? We fully embrace this reality and devise strategies to score consistently high marks on both counts.
From our clients’ perspective, the best type of litigation is often the kind that never occurs. With that in mind, we concentrate on minimizing risks and resolving disputes without the need to engage in costly, time-consuming and disruptive litigation. We are well known for our commitment to, and facility with, alternative dispute resolution techniques and routinely employ them to our clients’ advantage. However, when litigation proves unavoidable or going to court is in our clients’ best interests, we skillfully advocate for clients, working toward achieving their business goals as quickly as possible. In doing so, we are guided by three principles:
Theme-Based Case Strategy: Everything we do is designed to persuade the judge or jury and present a winning case. Our careful case strategizing, ability to build persuasive arguments, effective motion practice and deep trial experience have earned us a reputation as formidable opponents and have led to many favorable settlements for our clients. This focused approach also promotes efficiency, as time and resources are not wasted on issues or arguments that are unlikely to move the decision-makers.
Targeted and Strategic Discovery: We view discovery as a means to an end and not an end in itself. Excessive discovery is expensive, wasteful, time-consuming and almost always counterproductive. This is particularly true in a world of proliferating electronically stored data. We don’t simply “manage” matters. When engaged in discovery, we focus on the key facts and core themes most likely to persuade decision-makers – in the boardroom as well as the courtroom. Employing the latest technologies, case appropriate staffing and proven project management technologies, we streamline the discovery process and maintain our focus in even the most document-intensive cases.
Value-Driven Staffing: We pride ourselves on a “lean and mean” approach to staffing. Our highly skilled, smaller teams of focused trial lawyers consistently outperform larger, less-focused teams of litigators and do so at lower overall costs. If a client is ever unhappy with our services or dissatisfied with what they are paying, it’s our firm’s philosophy that the client has the final say as to what is charged.