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Stradley Ronon Welcomes New Class of Fall Associates

September 11, 2023
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PHILADELPHIA – Stradley Ronon is pleased to announce our incoming class of 11 fall associates, many of whom spent last summer working at the firm. This talented group will have the opportunity to expand their legal knowledge through thoughtful firm mentorship and hands-on experience serving an array of client needs and projects.

Matts Batryn and Katherine Pfingsten have joined the business department. Conor Courtney, Reina Cracknell, Giana Fallico, Kathleen (Katie) Gallop, David Garton, Jeremy Gottlieb, and Samuel (Sam) Kishiyama have joined the investment management department. Samantha Krasker and Alexandra (Allie) Romano have joined the litigation department.

“We are thrilled to add these 11 new fall associates to the Stradley Ronon team,” says Jamie M. Gershkow, partner and co-chair of Stradley Ronon’s Hiring Committee. “These outstanding aspiring attorneys bring a wealth of talent, dedication and fresh perspectives to our team.”

“We look forward to mentoring and helping them grow as they progress in their careers,” added Joseph T. Kelleher, partner and co-chair of Stradley Ronon’s Hiring Committee.

Matts Batryn earned his J.D. from The Pennsylvania State University Dickinson School of Law, where he served as executive chair of the National Moot Court Team and was selected to The Order of Barristers. He was an intern in the office of then-Attorney General Josh Shapiro and was also a judicial intern to the Hon. Edward M. Marsico Jr., Judge of the Dauphin County Court of Common Pleas. He earned his B.A. from the University of the Fraser Valley.

Conor Courtney earned his J.D. from American University, Washington College of Law. He previously worked for Arlington Economic Development as a strategic initiatives manager and is an active volunteer for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. He earned his B.A. from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

Reina Cracknell earned her J.D. from American University, Washington College of Law, where she was a legal intern in the Virginia Commonwealth Attorney’s Office and corporate paralegal at a global law firm. She is a member of the Criminal Law Society and Equal Justice Foundation. She earned her B.A. from Boston University.

Giana Fallico earned her J.D. from DePaul University College of Law, where she worked as a law clerk at a personal injury law firm. She was a summer scholar intern at a health care and information technology company and a worker’s compensation intern at one of the largest insurers in the United States. She earned her B.A. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Kathleen (Katie) Gallop earned her J.D. cum laude from American University, Washington College of Law, where she served as senior note and comment editor on the Administrative Law Review. She interned at the Federal Aviation Administration, the D.C. Superior Court and in the Enforcement Division of the Securities and Exchange Commission. Prior to law school, she worked for a public health policy non-profit. Katie earned her B.A. from Williams College, where she also played field hockey and lacrosse.

David Garton earned his J.D. from Temple University Beasley School of Law, where he was the recipient of the Kohn Prize for Exceptional Transactional Negotiating Skills. He was a legal intern at an industry-leading broker-dealer. He earned his B.A. from St. Joseph’s University.

Jeremy Gottlieb earned his J.D. magna cum laude, Order of the Coif from Rutgers Law School, where he was a member of Hunter Moot Court and was a legal teaching fellow. During law school, he worked as a claims adjuster at a large insurance company, interned at the Office of Public Integrity & Accountability Conviction Review Unit for the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office and worked as a legal intern for a large car company. He earned his B.A. cum laude from Rowan University.

Samuel (Sam) Kishiyama earned his J.D. from the University of California, Irvine School of Law, where he was managing editor for UC Irvine Law Review and student leader of the Transgender Legal Assistance Clinic. He was a consumer law clinical student at UC Irvine, an extern for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and a paralegal for the Circuit Court for Anne Arundel County. He earned his B.A. from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and a Paralegal Studies Certificate from Anne Arundel Community College.

Samantha Krasker earned her J.D. from the University of Notre Dame Law School, where she was barrister for the Moot Court Board Mock Trial Team and production editor for the Notre Dame Journal of Legislation. She also was a law clerk at a Philadelphia-based criminal defense law firm. She earned her B.A. from the University of Virginia, where she was a teaching assistant for commercial law at UVA’s McIntire School of Commerce.

Katherine Pfingsten earned her J.D. from Fordham University School of Law, where she was the online content editor for the Fordham Journal of Corporate and Financial Law. She was a legal intern at a boutique Philadelphia law firm, and she is the owner and founder of her own women’s apparel brand. She earned her B.A. from Binghamton University, State University of New York.

Alexandra (Allie) Romano earned her J.D. from Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law, where she was a member of the Moot Court Board, the Middle Eastern Law Students Association and the Real Estate Law Society. She also participated in Villanova’s Clinic for Law & Entrepreneurship, which provides pro bono legal services in the Philadelphia area. She worked as a law and entrepreneurship extern at a national law firm, a judicial extern to the Hon. Charles D. Wood, New York Supreme Court 9th Judicial District and a commodities trading analyst and collateral and financing analyst at a multinational financial services company. She earned her B.A. from the University of Maryland, College Park.

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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