WolfBlock Partners Join Stradley Ronon

Monday, May 4, 2009 - 01:00

Stradley Ronon has added former WolfBlock partners Richard M. Zucker, who served as chair of WolfBlock's financial services department and head of that department's commercial lending practice group, and Gretchen M. Santamour, who was the firm's bankruptcy and creditor's rights practice group chair. Mr. Zucker will join Stradley Ronon's finance & restructuring practice group, and Ms. Santamour will be a member of the firm's bankruptcy, workouts & creditors' rights group.

Based in Stradley Ronon's Philadelphia office, Mr. Zucker represents banks, commercial finance companies, private investment groups, mezzanine funds, second lien funds and various other non-bank lenders in all aspects of commercial lending. Also located in the firm's Philadelphia office, Ms. Santamour concentrates her practice in the areas of bankruptcy law, loan workouts and documentation, and is regularly involved in bankruptcy and non-bankruptcy forums representing financial institutions, landlords, trade creditors, other creditors and debtors.

Mr. Zucker and Ms. Santamour joined WolfBlock from Lesser & Kaplan about 13 years ago and have practiced together for more than 20 years.

Former WolfBlock associate Julie M. Murphy has joined Stradley Ronon's business department where her focus will be on finance and restructuring and bankruptcy, workouts and creditors' rights.

Matthew DiClemente, Stradly Ronon partner, was chosen as a Rising Star of Mutual Funds in 2009. The award, given by Institutional Investor News, was presented at the 16th annual Mutual Fund Industry Awards in New York City. The Rising Star award is given to up-and-coming professionals in the mutual fund investment community who have achieved a high level of success and shown a commitment to continued growth and contribution to the industry.

As a partner in the firm's investment management/mutual funds practice group, Mr. DiClemente focuses his practice on the representation of investment companies, investment advisers, fund fiduciaries and broker-dealers in a wide range of regulatory, corporate and transactional matters. He is the founder and current chairperson of the Philadelphia Young '40 Act Lawyers Roundtable, and formerly worked in the legal department of a registered investment adviser engaged in the management of mutual funds, hedge funds and institutional

Stradley Ronon attorneys E. Taylor Brody, Leslie Greenspan, Jana Landon, Christopher Lowe, William Mahoney Jr., Pamela Rosenstein, Nicole Stover and Robin Watkins were recognized by the First Judicial District's 2008 Pro Bono Roll of Honor. The Pro Bono Roll of Honor recognizes attorneys who have provided pro bono services to litigants in the Philadelphia Courts in 2008. The Roll of Honor is chosen by the Pro Bono Committee which includes members of the bench, bar and pro bono service providers.

Lawrence P. Stadulis, Stradley Ronon partner, spoke at the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Annual Conference (FINRA) in early May in Boston where he moderated the session, "Advertising and Marketing." The FINRA conference covered a broad range of topics including risk management, insurance product regulation, litigation trends, the Troubled Asset Relief Program, internet fraud and ethical and legal dilemmas.

Mr. Stadulis is a member of the firm's Investment Management/Mutual Funds Practice Group and the partner-in-charge of the firm's Washington, D.C., office.

Stradley Ronon hosted Ross Schmucki, former DuPont Corporate Counsel and Tort Practice Group Leader responsible for resolution of complex litigation, for a presentation on mediation confidentiality and accounting disclosure requirements. Schmucki discussed the work of the Philadelphia Bar Association (PBA) - Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Committee and the PBA Minority Bar Committee promoting diversity in the ADR field. Stradley Ronon ADR Practice group co-chairs Kevin Casey and Lee Rosengard served as moderators for the seminar.