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Three Stradley Ronon Partners Named Among the ‘Best of the Bar’ by the Philadelphia Business Journal

October 09, 2020
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PHILADELPHIA – Stradley Ronon is pleased to announce three attorneys have been recognized by Philadelphia Business Journal’s 4th Annual Best of the Bar: Philadelphia’s Top Lawyers.

The Stradley Ronon recipients and their corresponding specialties are:
Selected from around 100 nominations, the “Best of the Bar” recipients were chosen from a panel of judges for their distinguished practice specialties, results and business impact of their work and achievements in the past 12 months.

Banks is a partner in Stradley Ronon’s employment and labor group and a member of firm’s Diversity Committee. She devotes a significant amount of her practice to defending businesses, universities and governmental entities against employment discrimination claims. Banks also regularly counsels clients on issues of race, diversity and inclusion. Banks served as co-President of the Board of Directors of the Phila. Diversity Law Group, and currently serves as a member of that Board. She received the Albert S. Dandridge, III Diversity Award from the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Business Law Section. Banks was recognized by the National Diversity Council with their coveted Most Powerful & Influential Women award and was named by The Legal Intelligencer as a Diverse Attorney of the Year. She also received the Barristers’ Association of Philadelphia J. Austin Norris Award, which celebrates attorneys who commit to advancing black professionals in the Philadelphia legal community.

Leto, co-chair of Stradley Ronon’s investment management group and former chair of the practice group from 1994 through 2017, provides counsel to investment companies, investment advisers, independent trustees and broker-dealers on securities and corporate law matters relating to pooled investment products, including registered and unregistered, open- and closed-end investment companies. Leto is a member of Stradley Ronon’s board of directors and management committee. He is also an appointee to the advisory board of the Mutual Fund Directors Forum, a nonprofit membership organization for investment company independent directors dedicated to improving mutual fund governance, and is on the advisory board of Board IQ, an industry publication that addresses issues confronting investment company independent directors. Leto was recommended by Best Lawyers in America for mutual funds law, is in the Legal 500 US Hall of Fame for Mutual/ Registered/ Exchange-Traded Funds, is ranked as a Band 1 attorney in Chambers USA for Investment Funds: Registered Funds and recognized as one of The Philadelphia Inquirer’s Influencers of Law.

Santamour concentrates her practice on business restructurings, loan workout, loan documentation, bankruptcy, collection and foreclosure litigation. She regularly represents financial institutions, real estate investors, landlords and other business organizations. Santamour currently serves as the board president of Education Law Center of Pennsylvania. She also serves on the board of directors of Hyperion Bank, and on the board of trustees of Arcadia University.

About Stradley Ronon
Counseling clients since 1926, Stradley Ronon has helped private and public companies – from small businesses to Fortune 500 corporations – achieve their goals by providing pragmatic, value-driven legal counsel. With offices in eight strategic locations, our responsive team of more than 200 attorneys seamlessly addresses the full spectrum of our clients’ needs, ranging from sophisticated corporate transactions to complex commercial litigation.

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